Scholarship programs are an important foreign policy instrument of our country. They allow foreign students to obtain education and skills which are often unavailable in their places of origin. Furthermore, thanks to their stay in Poland, such people are exposed to the local culture, language and customs. They can also make acquaintances that will benefit them in their future careers. As a result the scholarship policy contributes to the creation of socio-economic potential in the partner countries.
Currently, 3 scholarship programs are being financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education:
- Stefan Banach Scholarship Program
The programme aims to promote socio-economic development in the Eastern Partnership countries by enhancing the level of education and professional qualifications of their citizens. Participants have the opportunity to pursue a Master’s in exact, natural, technical, agricultural, forestry and veterinary, and social sciences, as well as to study for a doctor’s degree in humanities, theology, sociology, economics, law, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, technical studies, agriculture, forestry, and veterinary and Earth sciences.
- Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme
The programme aims to promote socio-economic development in developing countries (excluding the Eastern Partnership countries) by enhancing the level of education and professional qualifications of their citizens. Participants have the opportunity to pursue a Master’s in exact and technical sciences, and to study for a doctor’s degree in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, Earth sciences, technical studies, agriculture, forestry and veterinary sciences. Scholarship holders will be recruited primarily from the following countries: Angola, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Palestine, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
- Scholarship Programme for students of the University of Warsaw’s Specialist Eastern Studies
The programme aims to support the development of young people, mostly from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with a view to training specialists in East European and Asian affairs and preparing academic staff and civil servants who will be contributing to the socio-economic development of these countries. Students have the opportunity to pursue a Master’s in the framework of the University of Warsaw’s Specialist Eastern Studies.
The Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme, the Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme and others scholarship programmes are one of three flagship initiatives of Polish development cooperation defined in the Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme 2016-2020.