Pilecki Fellowship for International Students in Poland

  • Phd, Master
  • 3000
  • 15 February 2020

The fellowship is awarded to both senior and junior researchers, representing disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, especially modern history, sociology, political science, international relations, law studies, and political philosophy.

The Pilecki Institute is a research institution based in Warsaw, Poland. It is named after Witold Pilecki (1901–1948), the World War II Polish intelligence agent and officer with the Home Army who volunteered to let himself be caught and sent to the concentration and death camp in Auschwitz in order to organize resistance inside and to report on the atrocities being carried out there by the Germans. After the war, he became a victim of the communist regime and was executed in 1948.

Instytut Pileckiego
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Instytut Pileckiego

Instytut Pileckiego służy upamiętnianiu, dokumentowaniu i badaniu historii XX wieku, ze szczególnym uwzględnieniem polskiego doświadczenia i losów obywateli polskich.

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Candidates for the Pilecki Junior Fellowships

  • must currently be pursuing their doctoral degree at the dissertation stage or have recently obtained a PhD in an academic institution outside Poland in one of the academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences
  • must have at least one publication, preferably in the area of Central/East European studies, Polish studies, Holocaust studies, totalitarianism, WW II or other related subjects
  • must speak fluent English (C1 and above)

Candidates for the Pilecki Senior Fellowship

  • must hold a PhD/Doctoral degree in the humanities or social science from an academic institution outside of Poland and have at least 10 years of post-Doctoral research experience
  • must have a proven record of research and publications related to the above-mentioned research areas
  • must speak fluent English (C1 and above)


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  • Senior Visiting Fellows will receive a stipend of EUR 3,000 per month,
  • Junior Visiting Fellows EUR 2,000 per month to cover accommodation and living expenses in Warsaw and health insurance. The Pilecki Institute will provide office space, in-house research and administrative facilities, internet access, as well as other services. Travel expenses for flying in-out as well as additional travel expenditures for project-related research trips will be covered by the Pilecki Institute.

Scholars planning to work on Poland-related matters who are not already fluent will be strongly advised to enter the Institute’s fully funded language programs to develop their command of Polish.

Fellowship recipients will be expected to participate in the Institute’s intellectual life, in particular: conduct research according to a submitted and accepted schedule, present their research project at one of the Institute’s seminars (twice in case of a ten-month visit), participate in conferences and other scholarly events organized or co-organized by the Pilecki Institute, and submit a 8,000–10,000-word scholarly paper for publishing consideration.


All application documents must be submitted in English. All applicants will be notified when their applications have been received.

The complete application should contain:

  • an application form (you'll find the attachment below) that comprises:
    • an academic curriculum vitae
    • a research project proposal, including research questions/problem, the aims of the project, research methods, the expected results and
      an explanation of the importance of the research to its area of study (up to 1,000 words)
    • list of publications
    • a schedule for the research work to be done in Poland, explaining why it is essential for the project and including a list of archives or other institutions to be consulted
    • in the case of junior fellowships, a letter of recommendation from the applicant's academic supervisor or other scholars familiar with the applicants’ research/work. The reference letter should be sent directly by the referee from his/her official address to the email address mentioned on our website.
    • a Personal Data Protection statement (please visit the website).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed by a board of experts appointed by the Institute. Short-listed candidates will be invited to online interviews between February 24 and March 12. Candidates will be contacted individually to schedule the interview.

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