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76 foreign researchers have been awarded scholarships by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) to carry out their research projects under the Ulam Programme. The programme, named after a prominent Polish scientist, Stanisław Marcin Ulam, aims to help post-doctoral researchers advance their careers by increasing their international mobility and providing them with an opportunity to cooperate with Polish research institutions. During the fellowship period, scientists can conduct research and gather relevant materials while teaching classes and participating in post-doctoral training activities.
Scientists from around the world are eligible to apply for the scholarship programme, provided that they meet a few requirements - such as being employed at a research institute outside of Poland and not holding Polish citizenship. Candidates for the Ulam Programme are also required to hold a doctoral degree awarded by a foreign (i.e. non-Polish) institution and need to demonstrate excellent academic merit.
In this year’s edition of the Ulam Programme, the researchers will be granted scholarships of PLN 10,000 a month for a period of 6 to 24 months during their stay in Poland. Among the top countries of origin for the scholarship holders in 2020 are India (12), followed by Italy (7), Iran (6), Ukraine (5), the United Kingdom (3), Germany (3), France (3) and Argentina (3). The majority of scientists will be conducting their research in the field of natural sciences, engineering and technology at a host institution of their choice: one of the top Polish universities, research centres or research institutions of the Polish Academy of Sciences. According to NAWA, The University of Warsaw and The Wrocław University of Science and Technology have proved to be the most popular choices for foreign researchers this year.
Visit the Agency’s website to find more information about the Ulam Programme or other scholarship programmes awarded by NAWA to foreign students and researchers.