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The Program supports specialists and experts by granting them Scholarships for one year of fully funded complimentary studies in Poland and Kirkland Research for scientists for 4 months.

The L. Kirkland Scholarship Program has been supporting individual development of young, ambitious and active citizens of Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia for 21 years.

Since 2000, almost 900 alumni have taken part in the Program. The group of alumni includes members of government, parliamentarians, managers of large multinational corporations, managers of local government bodies and well-known social activists. The author and founder of the Program is the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. The Program is also financially supported by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA).

The Program offers two semesters of studies in one of five Polish academic centers (Warsaw, Cracow, Wrocław, Poznań, Lublin) and at least two weeks of professional internship in state, private and nongovernmental organizations. The program also offers an extensive training and workshop program.

The program is addressed to young leaders and experts, holding university degrees, interested in the
development of democracy, economy and civil society in their countries and the region.


  • Economics and Management
  • Administration / Management (i.e. business, NGOs, culture, education and healthcare)
  • Public Administration (Central and Local Government Administration)
  • Law
  • Social Sciences (Social Psychology, Sociology)
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Environmental and climate protection
  • Security and cybersecurity
  • Crisis management
  • Development Policy and Humanitarian Aid

Candidates who are decided to return to their home country after the end of the scholarship, in order to implement there the project prepared under the scholarship and the knowledge they have gained in Poland, are invited to submit applications.

Detailed rules concerning participation in the Kirkland Program can be found in the Rules and Regulations of the Program.

– Free access to university classes and support of academic advisor
– A stipend of PLN 18,000 (paid in 9 installments for 9 months).
In addition, the Program administrator provides the following (worth approx. 4200 PLN/month):
– accommodation during the whole stay in Poland
– health insurance for medical outpatient care, treatment costs in case of emergency and civil liability
– one return ticket to Poland (up to agreed amount)
– public transportation cards;
– visa costs
– research materials
– participation in the introductory course, and grantees conventions,
– polish language course (October-May).


  • Inauguration of the Program and introductory course (8-10 days, 2nd half of September 2021)
  • Classes at universities (two semesters) in leading Polish academic centers, such as Warsaw, Kraków,
    Poznań, Lublin or Wrocław
  • Preparation of two semester papers and one diploma paper
  • Three or four conventions of all Kirkland grantees in different cities in Poland
  • Professional internship (minimum 2 weeks)
  • Personal development trainings and Polish language course (two semesters)
  • Graduation ceremony – diplomas (end of June 2022)

The basis for obtaining a diploma of completion of the Program is the preparation and defense of the diploma paper. The diploma paper may be of a scientific or practical nature.


The Kirkland scholarships are addressed to individuals who represent the following professional groups:

  • civil servants, employees of central and local government institutions
  • lawyers
  • entrepreneurs,
  • managers in business, NGOs, culture, education, environmental protection, healthcare
  • leaders of non-governmental organizations, animators in culture and civic activity
  • academic teachers
  • journalists


  • Citizenship and permanent residence in one of the targeted countries (holders of residence card in
    Poland, and people living or working in Poland when applying for a scholarship are ineligible)
  • Higher education (completed 5-year study)
  • Up to 40 years of age
  • At least two years of professional experience
  • At least two years break from participation in a previous scholarship abroad, longer than 6 months

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