Support for foreign students - NAWA scholarship holders - NAWA

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The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange offers financial aid to the holders of the Agency’s scholarships who have found themselves in a difficult financial situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘We provide the aid to foreign students, our scholarship holders, who have stayed in Poland and whose living conditions have significantly deteriorated as a result of the current epidemic. We provide them with the opportunity to take advantage of a one-off financial aid. We expect great interest in this support measure,’ says Agnieszka Stefaniak-Hrycko, acting Director of the Polish National Academic Exchange Agency (NAWA).

The amount of the one-off financial aid is PLN 500. The following persons can apply for the aid:

  • participants of preparation courses
  • students
  • PhD candidates who started their education before the academic year 2019/2020.

Persons must meet all of the following conditions:

a) persons holding one of the following NAWA scholarship programmes:

  • for the Polish diaspora: the General Anders Scholarship Programme,
  • the Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme,
  • the Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme,
  • POLONISTA Programme,
  • participating in the personal exchange within the framework of bilateral cooperation – offer for incoming researchers,
  • individual scholarships,

b) persons entitled to receive the NAWA Director’s scholarship in the summer semester of the academic year 2019/2020,

c) persons who at the time of submitting the application for the financial aid are staying on the territory of the Republic of Poland.

Applications for the aid together with a justification must be submitted by 30 April 2020 . The application form is available in the NAWA’s IT system at: (Students section). Late applications will not be accepted. NAWA scholarship holders who already have their account in the system are asked to apply from the same account. Other persons using the ICT system for the first time must attach a scan of their passport.

The aid will be transferred to an individual bank account of the scholarship holder.

‘Our action is part of a broader support which is offered to students, including those from abroad, by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and their home universities. We are grateful to the universities for recognizing the needs of these young people staying away from home and their families,' says Agnieszka Stefaniak-Hrycko.

Decree No.16/2020 of the Director of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange of 3 April 2020 on granting one-off financial aid in connection with an epidemic threat on the territory of the Republic of Poland