The Lane Kirkland Scholarships for Young Leaders, Poland

Deadline: 1 March 2014
Open to: Master degree holders from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic
Scholarship: PLN 1,800 (435 EUR) per month, educational fees, accommodation, insurance, travel, visa, educational materials and equipment


Polish-American Freedom Foundation and Education for Democracy Foundation announce an open competition for The Lane Kirkland Scholarships in the 2014-15 academic year.

The Program is addressed to young leaders with higher education who are interested in the development of democracy, economy and civil society in their countries and in the region. 

The Program is realized in the form of a two-semester project course with Polish universities and 2-4-week professional internships with public or private institutions.


  • Economics and management
  • Administration / management (business, NGO, culture, environmental protection, health care)
  • Public administration (government and local government)
  • Law
  • Social science (social psychology, sociology)
  • Political science and international relations
  • Journalism
  • Development policy


The program is open to experts, politicians, employees at government and local government institutions, entrepreneurs and managers, leaders of non-governmental organizations, cultural organizers and promoters of active citizenship, academic teachers and journalists.

The applicants should have:

  • Citizenship and permanent residence in one of the targeted countries: Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic (holders of permanent residence card in Poland are ineligible);
  • Master’s degree;
  • Up to 35 years of age (in special cases up to 40);
  • Polish language proficiency adequate to effectively attend lectures and seminars as well as to prepare a diploma project or, alternatively, English in case of those candidates who select a specific study program with English as the language of instruction (in such cases, only basic Polish is required);
  • Professional experience of at least 2 years.

Preference is given to candidates who are actively working in their professional and social fields, who have significant achievements, and who have not studied in Poland yet.


Scholarship is approximately PLN 1,800 (435 EUR) per month. Additionally, the following costs are covered: educational fees, accommodation in Poland, insurance, travel to and from Poland, visa fees, purchase of educational materials and equipment. The computers rented by students during the scholarship program may become their property, free of charge, after the scholarship requirements have been fully satisfied.


  1. On-line application form (correctly completed)
  2. Two letters of recommendation (Polish and English template) sent via e-mail to:
  3. Scan of Master’s or Specialist’s diploma (plus a scan of PhD diploma, if applicable) sent via e-mail to:

The deadline for submitting applications for the Kirkland Scholarship Program is 1 March 2014.

For more information visit the official website HERE.

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