International Cooperation

Program them. Lane Kirkland


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.
  • Economics and Management
  • Administration / Management
  • Public Administration (Central and Local Government Administration)
  • Law
  • Social Sciences (Social Psychology, Sociology)
  • Political Science and International RelationS
  • Development Policy and Humanitarian Aid
The 2014/15 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


  • 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)
  • Polish language proficiency adequate to effectively attend lectures and seminars and prepare a diploma thesis; 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).
  • At least 2 years of professional experience


1. Application form on-line

  • detailed personal questionnaire
  • 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
Approximately 45 best individuals will be selected in a 3-stage evaluation process of candidates:
1. .Review of applications with regard to eligibility criteria
2. .Review of candidates’ proposed projects of studyby independent experts
3. Interviews (planned on 1st April – 30 April 2014)
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 2014.
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.
  • Inauguration of the Program (mid-Sept 2014)
  • 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
  • Integration seminars for all Kirkland grantees – presentation of the grantees’ experiences
  • 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 2015 in Warsaw)


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 - until 1st of March 2014


Education for Democracy Foundation,
L. Kirkland Scholarship Program
ul. Hoża 59 m. 1A, 00-681 Warsaw, Poland