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NAWA Programmes

Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (former Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange) is a state authority with the primary task of initiating and supporting students mobility. Funds are transferred in the form of scholarships for foreign students studying in Poland, or Polish students on study stays abroad. The amount of the scholarship is based on the programme and the degree.

Scholarships for incoming students

Jagiellonian University currently provides following Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange scholarships:

  • The gen. Władysław Anders Scholarship for the Polish diaspora
  • The Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme
  • The Ignacy Lukasiewicz Scholarship Programme

More information about particular programmes, rules and regulations and orders are available on the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange website.
International Students Office, working under the Centre for Academic Support, is responsible for the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange scholarships at the Jagiellonian University.

The gen. Władysław Anders Scholarship for the Polish diaspora

The gen. Władysław Anders Scholarship for the Polish diaspora is addressed to foreigners of Polish origin – citizens of: Belarus, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and countries of Latin America and Africa, who:

  • have undertaken their studies two years after the matriculation exam at the latest (in case of first-cycle and long-cycle studies)
  • have completed first-cycle studies two years ago at the latest (in case of second-cycle studies)

Scholarships enable young people of Polish origin and holders of the Card of the Pole (Karta Polaka) to study in Poland (full-time programmes, in Polish) in higher education institutions supervised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The programme creates an opportunity to undertake studies in Polish at the universities under the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (other than philological studies with the exception of Polish philology), Ministry of Health (medical studies), Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (art studies), as well as monthly Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange scholarship to cover costs of living. Further information is available on the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange website.

The Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme

The Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme is implemented as a part of the Polish development assistance programme and addressed to citizens of Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan). It aims to support social and economic growth of the abovementioned countries.

The Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme
The scholarship offers the possibility to study on second-cycle studies at the universities under Ministry of Science and Higher Education (exact, natural, technical, agricultural, forestry and veterinary sciences). This scholarship is addressed for citizens of Eastern Partnership and Central Asia, who:

  • are students of the last year of first-cycle studies (exact, natural, technical, agricultural, forestry and veterinary sciences), or
  • have graduated from the first-cycle studies (exact, natural, technical, agricultural, forestry and veterinary sciences) after 2015/16 academic year,
  • and have at least B1-level Polish language skills.

Further information is available on the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange website.

The Ignacy Lukasiewicz Scholarship Programme

The Ignacy Lukasiewicz Scholarship Programme is addressed to the foreigners from the following countries: Angola, Chile, Ethiopia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Kenia, Columbia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania and Vietnam. The aim of the programme is to support social and economic growth of the abovementioned countries.

The Ignacy Lukasiewicz Scholarship Programme gives the opportunity to study at the second-cycle studies (exact, natural, technical, agricultural, forestry and veterinary sciences). This scholarship is addressed for citizens of abovementioned countries, who:

  • have graduated from the first-cycle studies but not earlier than in 2014, or are students of the last year of first-cycle studies in 2017/18 academic year (exact, natural, technical, agricultural, forestry and veterinary sciences),
  • do not hold M.Sc. or M.Sc. Eng. degree,
  • hold a certificate confirming the knowledge of English language (at least B2 level),
  • are not graduates, or students at Polish universities.

Further information is available on the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange website.

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Basic information

The amounts of benefits

The amounts of benefits are stipulated in the Order No. 10/2017 of the Director General of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange issued on 29 December 2017:

Payment and suspension of scholarships

International Students Office transfers payment orders to the Jagiellonian University Department of Finances on a monthly basis.

It is possible to transfer the scholarship to the Polish bank account after submitting the bank account number (26 digits) to the appropriate secretary's office, where a student has been admitted to studies.

A scholarship can be suspended if a student:

  • retakes a semester or a year,
  • does not have a valid visa, resident card or other document authorising his/her stay on the territory of Poland for a fixed period,
  • resides outside of Poland for a period other than half term holidays longer than 30 days,
  • is on a student's or a dean's leave,
  • have been granted a permanent residence card or acquired Polish citizenship (during next year of studies).

Scholarship holders can apply for the return of payment of a scholarship once the reason for a suspension of a scholarship no longer applies.

Necessary attachments to the application:

  • a certificate of studentship,
  • a copy of a passport and visa/resident card.

Additional benefits and applications

During studies beneficiaries receive:

  • First scholarship plus an additional amount of PLN 500 to cover the cost of acclimatization in Poland (first year of I degree studies),
  • Last monthly scholarship plus an additional amount of PLN 500 to cover the cost of preparing a diploma thesis (last year of studies).

In exceptional circumstances scholarship holders, who receive benefits in a given academic year can also apply for an one-time grant (special assistance grant) in the amount of PLN 500.

Necessary attachments to the application:

  • a certificate of studentship,
  • a copy of a passport and visa/resident card.