Call for proposals - NAWA

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Call for applications no  2/2020 of 15.01.2020

Pursuant to Article 19(1) of the Act of 7 July 2017 on the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (Dz.U. [Journal of Laws] of 11 August 2017, item 1530, as amended) The Director of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange announces the call for applications to participate in The Ulam Programme.

Aim of the Programme

The Programme provides financing for a Scholarship that covers the living allowance for a foreign scientist in during their scientific visit in Poland, that may last from 6 to 24 months.

The aim of the Ulam Programme is to increase the internationalisation of Polish HEIs and scientific institutions. The Programme will allow both recognised and promising scientists with at least the doctoral degree, to visit Poland in order to strengthen the scientific potential of Polish entities and to participate in their scientific activities, primarily research projects and didactics. The Programme will allow to invite scientists from all around the world representing all fields of science to the Polish institutions of science and higher education. HEIs, scientific and research institutes will have the opportunity to invite specialists from their priority areas to Poland – they will make a significant contribution to the research conducted by a given institution, strengthen didactics or support the institution in applying for prestigious grants.

The Programme will facilitate a gradual increase in the number of foreign scientists involved in scientific research and teaching in Poland and also enable or deepen international contacts with foreign institutions.

Authorised applicants

An application under the Programme shall be submitted by an individual scientist who holds a doctoral degree awarded in a country other than Poland, does not hold Polish citizenship and has not lived, worked or studied in Poland since at least 2017. The condition of not being a Polish citizen does not apply to persons who are Polish citizens and whose full cycle of doctoral studies has been financed by the Polish government, as these persons are entitled to participate in the Programme,

The Programme is open to scientists representing all fields of science.

Activities implemented in the framework of the Programme

As part of the Programme, possible visits are those whose objective include:

  1. completing the first or a subsequent post-doctoral fellowship;
  2. conducting scientific research, including in cooperation with Polish scientists or research teams;
  3. obtaining materials for research or a scientific publication;
  4. conducting didactic classes at the host

Scholarship timeframes and financing

Foreign scientists may stay in Poland for 6 to 24 months, and they may be accompanied by members of their family, and in the case the Programme participant is a disabled person, by their assistant.

Scientists visiting Polish scientific institutions under the Programme will receive a monthly Scholarship for the duration of their stay and a mobility allowance, which will allow them to cover the travel costs.

Visit under the scholarship may not start earlier than 1 January 2021 or later than 1 September 2021.

Deadline for submitting the proposals

The call for applications under the Programme will be held from 15 January to 15 April 2020 until 3:00 PM according to the official time in Poland, only in an electronic form in the ICT system of the Agency.


Programme documentation

The regulations of the Ulam Programme

Proposal application form

Invitation form for the host institution

Contract form

Partial and final report form

Evaluation questionnaire form


NAWA uses an online application process


Funding allocated to the implementation of the Programme

PLN 15,000,000

NAWA reserves the right not to use the full allocation for the call.


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