The Fulbright Slavic Award is a 4 to 9 month grant for scholars working in Polish academic institutions who specialize in the culture and history of Poland and East-Central Europe. The grant allows them to teach classes at one of the following universities cooperating with the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission:

  • University of Washington in Seattle (UW) – historical, social, political topics in literature, film and art, influence of the East-Central European culture on other European countries; or
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) – topics in cultural studies, gender studies or film/media in the context of East-Central Europe.

The competition is now closed. New competition will be anounced in January 2018.

The goal and the offer of the grant

University of Washington in Seattle, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures:

  • Offers a grant for 6 or 9 months (2 or 3 quarters), depending on the scholar’s availability (NOTE: In question no. 19 in the Embark electronic form, please indicate the preferred length of the grant).
  • The grant may begin no sooner than September 2017. The exact date will be agreed upon with the host university.
  • The grantee will be teaching one course per quarter, which amounts to four hours per week, for undergraduate or graduate students. S/he will also be required to have two office hours per week.
  • Additionally, the scholar would collaborate with the Polish Student Association to organize a Polish booth at FIUTS Cultural Fest.
  • Suggested course topics: Eastern European comparative literature; historical, social, political analysis of films or literature of the region; influence of political and social changes on former Soviet Bloc countries as seen in literature, film or art; influence of the East-Central European culture on other European countries.
  • The final form and content of the courses will be agreed upon by the grantees and host universities.

University of Illinois at Chicago, The School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics:

  • Offers a grant for 4 months (1 semester).
  • The grant may begin no sooner than January 2018. The exact date will be agreed upon with the host university.
  • The grantee will be teaching two courses: one for undergraduate and one for graduate students.
  • It would be preferred (but not required) that the grantee is able to include topics associated with Russian culture.
  • Suggested course topics: Introduction to the history of Polish cinema; European Cinema (with the emphasis on Eastern and Central Europe); Gender, Popular Culture, Literature and Culture of Eastern-Central Europe.
  • The final form and content of the courses will be agreed upon by the grantees and host universities.

Benefits for grantee

The grantee receives a Visiting Scholar status at one of the institutions co-financing the program (UW or UIC) which allows him/her to teach classes and use the office space, scientific facilities, and libraries of the host university.

The monthly stipend and additional allowances are approved each year by the Board of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission. The grant may cover:

  • Travel allowance for the grantee’s round trip to the U.S. up to $1,500.
  • The cost of living expenses. The amount is based on the rates agreed upon with the host university and Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).
  • Relocation and settling-in allowance.
  • Research and conference allowance.
  • Allowance for one dependent family member provided that the dependent accompanies the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period.

J-1 visa for the grantee and J-2 visas for the accompanying family members are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and are subject to the 2-year home-country physical presence requirement.

The grantee’s Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) will be provided by the U.S. Department of State.

During the whole grant period, the grantee will have the ongoing support of the Fulbright Commission, host institution, and CIES – the institution administering the Fulbright program in the U.S.

Behind the success of the Fulbright Program are its alumni – almost 400 thousand scientists, artists, journalists, and politicians from 160 countries. The award allows the grantee to join the prestigious group of Fulbright alumni and leverage the connections in the International Exchange Alumni network.

Requirements and restrictions

Individuals eligible to apply:

  • Are Polish citizens who do not have dual Polish and U.S. citizenship or permanent residence in the U.S. (green card).
  • Are not in the United States at the time of submitting the application and have not resided in the United States for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application. A candidate who has lived in the United States for nine months (or more) during a calendar year is deemed to have resided in the United States for that year. Additionally, preference is given to those candidates who have not had substantial recent experience in the United States, which is defined as a period aggregating more than an academic year (nine months) during the past five years.
  • Meet the formal requirements of J-1 visa.
  • Hold, at minimum, a Ph.D. degree and a position of an Assistant Professor level or higher at an academic institution in Poland.
  • Have a very good command of the English language.
  • Submit the Embark application along with the required Application Documents on time.

How to apply

  • Follow the Embark system application instructions.
  • Do not use Polish characters in the Embark system, including first and last names.
  • In question no. 3 (Special Award Name), write “Slavic Award at the University of Washington in Seattle” or “Slavic Award at the University of Illinois at Chicago” depending on the university you have chosen to apply to.
  • In question no. 19, indicate the preferred length of grant.
  • In question no. 26, you should provide basic information about the host institution (department name, address). There is no need to include professor’s contact information or attach a “Letter of Invitation”. In the section, “If you have not obtained a letter of invitation, please provide reasons for suggested affiliation,” you should write either “I am applying for the Slavic Award at the University of Washington in Seattle” or “I am applying for the Slavic Award at the University of Illinois at Chicago”.
  • Recommendation letters must be submitted by the referees in the Embark system before the applicant’s submission of the Embark application. The applicant should monitor in the system if the letters were delivered or not in the system. Instructions for referees are available here.
  • All attachments should be prepared as .PDF files.
  • You need to apply for a grant through the Embark system:
  • Your login is the e-mail address used during registration.
  • Keep your login and password in a safe place.
  • You can login into the system multiple times. There is no need to complete the application in one sitting.

Documents 01 through 06 should be prepared in English.

  1. Project Statement.
  2. Detailed syllabi of the proposed courses and a bibliography in MLA format.
  3. Curriculum vitae with candidate’s accomplishments, including awards and publications in scientific journals.
  4. Current document confirming employment at a Polish teaching or research institution.
  5. Document confirming an exceptional command of English at the C1 level or higher, e.g. test/exam results or language certificate (doctoral examination in the English language will also be accepted) or diploma of studies completed in English with a supplement or list of grades.
  6. Three recommendation letters submitted by referees through the Embark system.
  7. Address form, data processing consent form, and checklist (available here).

The complete application should be submitted through the Embark system by March 2, 2017, 11:59 PM. Incomplete submissions or those submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Documents sent in paper form or after the deadline will not be accepted.

Program Officer

Recruitment calendar

Announcement of the competition.

Deadline for the applications.

Interviews with candidates approved for the second stage of the competition conducted by the representatives of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission and host universities.

Information about the candidates nominated by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission and approval of the nominees by the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board.

Pre-departure meeting in Warsaw

Departure to the United States.