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Scholarships for the Polish diaspora are addressed to foreigners of Polish origin – nationals of: Belarus, Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, countries of former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Russia and countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, Latin America and Africa. They enable young people of Polish origin and holders of the Card of the Pole (Karta Polaka) to study in Poland  (full-time programmes, in the Polish language) in higher education institutions supervised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Foreigners who have documented their Polish origin and holders of the Card of the Pole (Karta Polaka – holders of Karta Polaka do not need to document their Polish origin) are eligible to start their I and II degree studies as well as single master degree studies– in case of I degree studies and master degree studies, they may undertake their studies 2 years after the matriculation exam at the latest, and in case of II degree studies – two years after the completion of I degree studies at the latest and they cannot be older than 26.

Approved candidates may participate in one-year preparatory course before the beginning of their studies.

Candidates are selected on the basis of the calls for proposals announced on annual basis.


Konstanty Kalinowski Scholarship Programme is the largest programme in Europe for young Belarusians who have not been able to study in their country because of their political views. It helps Belarusian students to get access to the best Polish universities and promotes European values. The programme offers scholarships for bachelor, master and doctoral studies as well as research internships and postgraduate studies in all fields of studies. The Konstanty Kalinowski Scholarship Programme is coordinated by the Programme Bureau at the Centre for East European Studies at the University of Warsaw.


Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme implemented as part of the “Polish Aid” programme, is addressed to the nationals of the following developing countries: Angola, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, The Republic of South Africa, The Philippines, Senegal, Tanzania, and Vietnam. The aim of the Programme is to support the socio-economic development of the above-mentioned countries.

The Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme enables free education as part of a second cycle programme of studies at a higher education institution supervised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Polish: Ministerstwo Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego – MNiSW) in the following areas of study: sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, agricultural, forestry and veterinary sciences. The Scholarship will be offered to the citizens of the above-mentioned countries who:

  • are graduates of first cycle programmes (completed no earlier than in 2014) or students of the last year of first cycle programmes in the academic year 2017/2018 in the following areas of study: sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, agricultural, forestry and veterinary sciences;
  • do not hold a magister (Master’s) magister inżynier (Master of Science) degree;
  • have a certificate confirming proficiency in English of at least B2 level;
  • are neither graduates nor students of Polish higher education institutions.

Second cycle degree programmes are preceded by a preparatory course to facilitate undertaking study in Poland, which is also covered by the scholarship, during which scholarship holders gain knowledge of the Polish language, enabling them to take up education. In the case of participants who choose to study in English, the preparatory course can last only one semester.

Candidates are selected on the basis of a competitive procedure, based on the quality assessment of applications carried out by reviewers of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange who are academics working in higher education institutions.


Visegrad Scholarship Program is offered for nationals of the V4 countries (Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), as well as nationals of the V4 neighboring countries. Visegrad scholarships support Master and post-Master students and researchers in all disciplines and in any language for up to four semesters at more than 190 higher education institutions across Central and Eastern Europe.


Development Assistance for Sub-Saharan Africa. In cooperation with Polish diplomatic representations in Abuja, Addis Ababa, Pretoria, Luanda  and Nairobi, NAWA will accept up to 20 applications from a country where a given diplomatic mission is accredited as well as up to 10 applications from the new representations in Senegal and Tanzania. The Call for proposals is launched in April with a deadline for applications until 15 July for the next academic year.

We offer places in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Poland without any fees and scholarships (I and II degree studies provided in the Polish languages, with a prior preparatory course, in higher education institutions supervised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education).

Foreigners are exempted from tuition fees but does not receive any scholarships from the Polish government. They cover their living costs in Poland by themselves, which amount to more than 300 EUR per month.


Rector’s Scholarship can be given to a student who obtained high GPA in the preceding year, has significant scientific achievements, artistic achievements or has achievements in sport on the national and/or international level. It may be granted to foreign students studying in Poland on the same conditions as Polish citizens (EU/EFTA nationals, holders of permanent residence permit, long-term EU-resident permit, Card of the Pole or refugee status).