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Offer: Lane Kirkland Scholarships in the 2012-13 Academic Year Masters programs

Deadline: 1 March 2012
Open to: Candidates from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, as well as Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic
Scholarship: 1800 PLN

Description

The Polish-American Freedom Foundation – Founder of the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program, and the Polish – U.S. Fulbright Commission – Program Administrator, announce an open competition for candidates from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, as well as Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan for the Lane Kirkland Scholarships in the 2012-13 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.

Fields:

Economics and Management,
Administration / management (i.e. business, NGOs, culture, environment protection and healthcare)
Public Administration (Central and Local Government Administration)
Law
Social Sciences (Social Psychology, Sociology)
Political Science and International Relations
Development Policy and Humanitarian Aid

Eligibility

The 2012/13 Kirkland scholarships are addressed to individuals who are able to apply the knowledge and skills obtained in Poland to economic, social and democratic changes in their home countries, and 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

Criteria:

Citizenship and permanent residence in one of the targeted countries
individuals with a 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 and prepare a diploma thesis, or, alternatively, English – for those candidates who select a specific study program with English as language of instruction (in such cases only basic Polish is required)
minimum 2 years of professional experience

Preferences:

candidates actively working in their professional and social fields
candidates who have significant achievements in one of the fields listed above
candidates who have not studied in Poland yet

Scholarship

Monthly stipend paid to Kirkland grantees in Polish currency:1800 PLN. In addition, the scholarship covers the following costs: university fees; accommodation in Poland; 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 only after all the scholarship program requirements have been fulfilled.
Application

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)

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 profession.

3. Copy of diploma (can be submitted electronically)

How to apply:

Application form is available here.

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 Fulbright Commission by regular mail with a photo of the candidate attached.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED IN POLISH OR ENGLISH (only those candidates who select a specific study program with English as language of instruction).

Two letters of reference and copy of diploma should be scanned and send by e-mailed at:Kirkland(at)fulbright.edu.pl

Application form and relevant documents should be sent not later than: March 1, 2012

Applications received after the above deadline will not be considered.

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