The Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program

Leaders of Change Foundation

announce an open competition for candidates from

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan


in the 2020-2021 academic year

The L. Kirkland Scholarship Program has been supporting individual development of young, ambitious and active citizens of Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia for 20 years. Over 800 graduates of the Program include members of governments, parliamentarians, managers of large multinational corporations, managers of local government bodies and well-known social activists.

The program, financed by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and financially supported by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA), is addressed to young leaders and experts, holding university degrees, interested in the development of democracy, economy and civil society in their countries and the region.

The Program offers two semesters of studies in one of five Polish academic centers (Warsaw, Cracow, Wrocław, Poznań, Lublin) and at least two weeks of professional internship in state, private and nongovernmental organizations.

Candidates who are decided to return to their home country after the end of the scholarship, in order to implement there the project prepared under the scholarship and the knowledge they have gained in Poland are invited to submit applications. Detailed rules concerning participation in the Kirkland Program can be found in the Rules and Regulations of the Program (link)


  • 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
  • Environmental protection
  • Security issues
  • Crisis management
  • Development Policy and Humanitarian Aid


  • Free access to university classes and support of academic advisor – Monthly stipend paid to Kirkland grantees for ten months: 1600 PLN/month.

In addition, the Program administrator provides the following (worth approx. 4200 PLN/month):

– Accommodation during the whole stay in Poland

– Health insurance for medical outpatient care, treatment costs in case of emergency and civil liability insurance

– one return ticket to Poland (up to agreed amount)

– public transportation cards;

– visa costs

– research materials

– Participation in the introductory course, and grantees conventions,

– Polish language course (October- May).


  • Inauguration of the Program and introductory course (8-10 days, 2nd half of September 2020)
  • 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
  • Three or four conventions of all Kirkland grantees in different cities in Poland
  • Professional internship (2-4 weeks) \
  • Personal development trainings and Polish language course (two semesters)
  • Graduation ceremony – diplomas (end of June 2021)


  • Citizenship and permanent residence in one of the targeted countries (holders of residence card in Poland, and people living or working in Poland when applying for a scholarship are ineligible)
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Up to 40 years of age
  • At least two years of professional experience
  • At least two years break from participation in a previous scholarship abroad, longer than 6 months


Application forms and relevant documents should be received by the Program Office no later than: March 1, 2020

Details: http://www.kirkland.edu.pl/kirkland2017/index.php/en/aktualnosci-2/konkursy

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