Call for Proposals: Graduate Student Conference on Late Soviet History (virtual)

April 30, 2021
9 a.m.–3 p.m. EST (virtual)

We invite paper proposals from graduate students (PhD, MA) at any stage working on a topic related to the history of the late Soviet Union (1953–1991). This conference allows graduate students to present their original and ongoing work in a professional environment, and to receive feedback from peers and experts within the field. We also extend an invitation to undergraduate students who have begun rigorous independent research related to the late Soviet Union.

Proposals may include topics related to the political, cultural, social, environmental, or economic history of the Soviet Union between 1953-1991.

Please submit a 300-word proposal by February 19. Submissions must include a working title and brief description of the paper’s central argument. Please include on the cover page the scholar’s full name, institutional affiliation, graduate program of study, and current year in that program.

Notification of acceptance will be no later than March 12, 2021. If accepted, participants must submit their registration form and paper no later than April 9, 2021.

Please send proposals and questions to Danielle Leavitt-Quist (danielle_leavitt@g.harvard.edu) and Anna Ivanova (annaivanova@g.harvard.edu).

2021/2022 Kosciuszko Foundation Exchange to Poland Grants and Scholarships

Year Abroad in Poland Scholarships

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Year Abroad Scholarship supports Polish language studies at the Jagiellonian University’s Center of Polish Language and Culture in Cracow, Poland. Scholarships are awarded under the auspices of the Foundation’s Exchange Program with Poland and Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.  Students who are awarded a scholarship are accepted to attend the Center for Polish Language and Culture program at the Jagiellonian University. The scholarship includes a tuition waiver and 1,600 zloty per month for living expenses from Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange as well as $900 per semester in additional support from the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Airfare is not covered by the scholarship. Please note that the Scholarship Selection Committee may elect to award semester-only grants.

POLISH STUDIES FOR FOREIGNERS CATALOG

The academic year in Poland begins in early October and ends in late June.  Students may apply for an academic year or for one semester.  For an overview of the program, please see the most recent catalog here. The catalog includes an academic calendar, list of courses, information on dormitory housing, medical insurance, the University’s grading system, etc.

Please note: 2021/2022 dates will differ slightly than the dates listed in the catalog link above.  

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible candidates include undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are US citizens.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Selection is based on academic excellence, the applicant’s motivation for pursuing Polish studies, interest in Polish subjects and involvement in the Polish American community. Applications are reviewed and ranked by the Jagiellonian University and the Foundation’s Scholarship Selection Committee.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

1Prepare the following supporting materials and have items A to E ready to upload to the on-line application form.

Supporting materials include: 

Item A – A photo of yourself, which is suitable for publication such as a portrait photo or headshot which is 2 inches x 2 inches.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-photo;

Item B – A scan of your U.S. passport ID page or a birth certificate. Save documents to one file.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-diplomas;

Item C – University diplomas and language certificates.  Save documents to one file.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-diplomas;

Item D –Your Curriculum Vitae (C.V.). Save file as: Last Name-First Name-CV;

Item E – An essay/personal statement on why you are applying to attend the program at the Center for Polish Language and Culture at the Jagiellonian University.  Your essay will be 2-3 pages and will include: your last and first name,  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-Essay;

Item F – Submit official transcripts of credit for 3 years of academic work.   This document should have an official signature and stamp from your school or faculty. There are two ways you can send us the transcripts:

1. Mail transcripts to: Gosia Szymanska, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065

or

2.  Go to your student account online and request a Secure Electronic PDF Transcript be sent to ExchangetoPoland@thekf.org via their electronic delivery service. Secure Electronic PDF Transcripts must be sent directly from your college/university’s electronic delivery service.

Item G – Secure two recommendation letters and have your recommenders send them directly to the ExchangeToPoland@thekf.org.

Letters should be written on university letterhead and sent as PDF attachment by your current professors or degree advisors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation at ExchangeToPoland@thekf.org from institutional email addresses.

Recommendations sent by the candidate will not be considered. 

Grants for Graduate Studies & Research Programs

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Graduate / Postgraduate Studies and Research Scholarship supports research at various universities in Poland by American graduate students and university faculty members.  Scholarships are awarded under the auspices of the Foundation’s Exchange Program with Poland and Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.

The scholarship provides a stipend of 1,600 zloty per month for housing and living expenses. In addition, scholarship recipients receive $300 per month of approved study/research as an additional supplement for living expenses.

Candidates who intend to study/attend classes must apply to the university for admission and submit proof of acceptance/admission to the program.  The Studies & Research scholarship does not cover the cost of tuition nor airfare to Poland.

Studies and Research projects may be conducted from July 1st,  2021 through June 30th, 2022 at state-funded universities and institutions of higher learning in Poland.

ELIGIBILITY

Graduate level students and university faculty members who are US citizens may apply. Candidates who intend to study in Poland must be enrolled as International Students.

You cannot receive any other Polish government supported scholarship.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Selection is based on academic excellence, motivation, and the need to pursue studies and research in Poland.  The grant is for stays of a minimum of three months.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

1. Prepare your supporting materials in advance and have Items A to  ready to upload when completing the on-line application form;

Supporting materials include: 

Item A – A photo of yourself, which is suitable for publication such as a portrait photo or headshot which is 2 inches x 2 inches.  Save file as: SR-Last Name-First Name-photo;

Item B – A scan of your U.S. passport ID page or a birth certificate. University diplomas and language certificates.  Save documents to one file.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-diplomas;

Item C – University diplomas and language certificates.  Save documents to one file.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-diplomas;

Item D –Your Curriculum Vitae (C.V.). Save file as: Last Name-First Name-CV;

Item E– For candidates who intend to conduct studies in Poland: Upload an essay on why you are applying to attend studies in Poland. Be sure to list the name of the university, faculty/department, intended major/studies, and your academic and career goals. Your essay will be 2-3 pages long and will include your full name, “Studies and Research 2021-2022”. Save file as: Last Name-First Name-Essay;

For candidates who intend to conduct research in Poland: Upload a detailed proposal of your study/research project. Your proposal will be a maximum of five pages, double-spaced and will include your first and last name, “Studies & Research 2021/2022”. Save file as: Last Name-First Name-Proposal;

Item F – For candidates who intend to conduct studies in Poland: Upload your letter of admission. The admission letter should confirm your enrollment status as an International Student, financial conditions of your study program such as access to dormitory housing, use of facilities, funding, etc. Save file as: Last Name-First Name-admission;

For candidates who intend to conduct research in Poland: Upload a letter of invitation from the host institution/professor.  The letter of invitation must include 1) the feasibility of your research plans at the host institution 2) the start and end dates of the research period and 3) the extent and limitation of the host university’s support during your stay such as access to dormitory housing, use of office space, libraries, labs, studios, etc.  Save file as: Last Name-First Name-invitation;

Item G– For candidates who intend to conduct studies in Poland: submit official transcripts of credit for 3 years of academic work.  This document should have an official signature and stamp from your school or faculty. There are two ways you can send us the transcripts: 1. Mail transcripts to:

The Kosciuszko Foundation

atten: Gosia Szymanska,

15 East 65th Street,

New York,

NY 10065

2.  Go to your student account online and request a Secure Electronic PDF Transcript be sent to ExchangetoPoland@thekf.org via their electronic delivery service. Secure Electronic PDF Transcripts must be sent directly from your college/university’s electronic delivery service.

Item H – Secure two recommendation letters and have your recommenders send them directly to the exchangetopoland@thekf.org.

Letters should be written on university letterhead and sent by your current professors or degree advisors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation at exchangetopoland@thekf.org from institutional email addresses.

Recommendations sent by the candidate will not be considered.