Internships for foreign scientists in Poland

4050 euro per month for up to two years, managing own research project and a series of soft skills development courses - all these opportunities are offered within the new “Polonez” grant. National Science Centre (NSC) will open call for proposals this fall.

- We need to attract scientists that conduct research at the world’s highest level. Polish citizens working at foreign universities that are willing to return to Poland can also benefit from the grant. More and more often we hear about willingness to return, but it is frequently accompanied by a concern regarding future scientific career - emphasized Minister of Science prof. Lena Kolarska-Bobińska. - We want to provide the best conditions for scientists to conduct research in Poland. Building a social and intellectual capital is the flywheel of Polish innovative economy - said the minister Kolarska-Bobińska.

Ministry of Science is pursuing a number of activities and programmes that promote the mobility of students and researchers, including “Mobility Plus” and "Studies for outstanding". Ministry is also concluding recent works on universities internationalisation program. Number of foreign students in Poland has been growing dynamically for the last three years. Currently there are more than 46,000 foreigners studying in Poland. It is also a positive effect of the “Ready, Study, Go! Poland" campaign, launched by the Ministry in 2012.

“Polonez” is targeted towards researchers coming from abroad who wish to conduct research at the Polish universities, research institutes and at the Polish Academy of Science research establishments. Researchers from around the world who have a PhD (doktor) degree or at least four years of research experience in full-time employment may apply for the grant. They also need to fulfill one important condition – applicants couldn’t live, work or study in Poland for more than 12 months within the three years prior to application.

Foreign researchers can apply for one or two year internships at the Polish scientific units and will receive a monthly salary of 4050 euro gross. Additionally, they can count on the allowance for the change their place of residence - 300 euro gross, in the case of people traveling with their families – further 300 euro gross household allowance.

NSC will provide 100 per cent funding to each research unit hosting foreign researcher. Money will go on implementation of research project led by foreign scientist and indirect project costs of 20 per cent. “Polonez” will also give the opportunity to participate in extensive training program organized by NSC. “Polonez” is financed by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme Marie Curie Actions COFUND 2014. More information on “Polonez” is available here: http://ncn.gov.pl/aktualnosci/2015-03-23-polonez-nowy-konkurs