The Lane Kirkland Scholarships Program

The Lane Kirkland Scholarships Program

Polish-American Freedom Foundation and Leaders of Change Foundation announce an open competition for candidates from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, as well as Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic for The Lane Kirkland Scholarships in Poland in the 2017-18 academic year.

The Program is addressed to young leaders, holding MA university degrees, who are determined to be actively involved in the development of democracy, economy and civil society in their countries and the region. The program includes two semesters of study at Polish universities and 2-4 week professional internships in public and private institutions.

The candidates who are planning to return to their countries of origin after the scholarship program for the purpose of implementing the newly acquired knowledge therein are welcome to submit their applications.

Our Program’s philosophy is based on the mutual respect, regardless of the country of origin.


• Economics and Management
• Administration / Management (i.e. business, NGOs, culture, environment protection and healthcare, education)
• Public Administration (Central and Local Government Administration)
• Law
• Social Sciences (Social Psychology, Sociology)
• Political Science and International Relations
• Development Policy and Humanitarian Aid
Diploma thesis shall be of theoretical or practical character (in the latter case theoretical introduction will still be required).


The 2017/18 Kirkland scholarships are addressed to individuals who represent the following professional groups:

• civil servants, politicians, experts and employees of central and local government institutions
• entrepreneurs, managers
• leaders of non-governmental organizations, animators in culture and civic activity
• academic teachers, researchers
• journalists

Eligibility criteria:

• Citizenship and permanent residence in one of the targeted countries (holders of permanent residence card in Poland are ineligible)
• Master’s degree
• Up to 35 years of age (in special cases up to 40)
• At least 2 years of professional experience
• Polish language proficiency adequate to effectively attend lectures and seminars as well as to prepare a diploma project. During the interview candidates are required to speak Polish at least at the B1 level.
• An option to study in English is possible for candidates only from outside Ukraine and Belarus (obligatory is B1 level of English) who select a specific study program with English as the language of instruction (in such cases, at least A1 level of Polish is required).


• candidates actively working in their professional and social fields 
• candidates who have significant achievements
• candidates who have not studied in Poland yet

Required documents:

1. Application form on-line 
a) detailed personal questionnaire
b) proposed program of study in Poland explaining the purpose of participation in the Kirkland Program and including the future plans connected with its completion (not exceeding 4,000-6,000 characters with spaces)

2. Two letters of reference (in Polish, English or Russian), describing the achievements and qualifications of the candidate as well as the expectations connected with the candidate’s further development and work in her/his professional or social field – to be submitted by e-mail

3. Copy of Master’s degree diploma (or PhD diploma) – to be submitted by e-mail

Selection process:

Approximately 45 best individuals will be selected in a 3-stage evaluation process of candidates:

I. Review of applications with regard to eligibility criteria

II. Review of candidates’ proposed projects of study by independent experts

III. Interviews (planned on 01-30 April 2017)

The candidates advanced to the third stage will be notified by e-mail or phone. Information on the final nominations will be mailed to the candidates in June 2017.

Financial information:

Monthly stipend paid to Kirkland grantees in Polish currency: about 1800 PLN. In addition, the scholarship covers the following costs: university fees; accommodation; insurance; one return ticket to Poland; public transportation tickets; purchase of research materials. Laptop computers lent to the grantees for the period of scholarship, can become their property after all the scholarship program requirements have been fulfilled.

Scholarship program:

• Inauguration of the Program (mid-Sept 2017)
• Orientation (10 days)
• Classes at universities (two semesters) in leading Polish academic centers, such as Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań, Lublin or Wrocław
• Preparation of two semester papers and one diploma paper
• Four conventions of all Kirkland grantees
• Personal development and animation activities
• 2-4 weeks of professional internship (usually upon completion of the academic program)
• Closing ceremony – final diplomas (end of June 2018)

Application procedure:

Description of the program and detailed application instructions can be obtained directly from the following website: .

They can also be requested by e-mail, mail or phone from the Program Office.

Application forms should be filled on-line. After the on-line application is completed, the system will generate a confirmation document. The candidate is required to print out the document, sign it and send it to the Program Office by regular post with a photo of the candidate attached.

Two letters of reference and copy of diploma should be scanned and send by e-mailed at:

Application deadline

Application forms and relevant documents should be received by the Program Office no later than: March 1, 2017

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The program patron

The Program is named after Lane Kirkland, who passed away in 1999, the legendary trade union leader (AFLCIO), member of the Polish-American Enterprise Fund Board of Directors and promoter of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. In the 1980’s, he wholeheartedly supported the Solidarity movement and backed it during the underground years. He also supported the aspirations for freedom of other peoples of Central and Eastern Europe. He was awarded the highest distinctions, including the American “Medal of Freedom” and the Polish “Order of the White Eagle”.


Leaders of Change Foundation

L. Kirkland Scholarship Program
Al. Jerozolimskie 133 m. 56, 02-304 Warsaw, Poland

Additional information about the Foundation is available online: