The Lane Kirkland Scholarship

Feel InvitedLeaders of Change Foundation announces an open competition for candidates from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,  

Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan for THE LANE KIRKLAND SCHOLARSHIPS in Poland in the 2022–2023 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 21 years. Since 2000, almost 1000 alumni have taken part in the Program. Among its alumni are eminent scientists serving as rectors and deans of  universities, today's members of governments, parliamentarians, managers of large international  corporations, heads of local government bodies and well-known social activists. The author and founder of  the Program is the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. The Program is also financially supported by the  Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA). 

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 non governmental organizations. The program also offers an extensive training and workshop program. 

The program 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. 


  • Economics and Management 
  • Administration / Management (i.e. business, NGOs, culture, education and healthcare) ∙ Public Administration (Central and Local Government Administration) 
  • Law  
  • Social Sciences (Social Psychology, Sociology) 
  • Political Science and International Relations 
  • Environmental and climate protection 
  • Security and cybersecurity  
  • Crisis management 
  • Development Policy and Humanitarian Aid  

We invite candidates who would like to return to their home country after the end of the scholarship to  implement there the project prepared within the scholarship and the knowledge gained there. Detailed rules concerning participation in the Kirkland Program can be found in the Rules and Regulations of  the Program. 


  • Free access to university classes and support of academic advisor 
  • A stipend of PLN 18,000 (paid in 9 installments for 9 months). 

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 2022) ∙ 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 (minimum 2 weeks) 
  • Personal development trainings and Polish language course (two semesters) 
  • Graduation ceremony – diplomas (end of June 2023) 

The basis for obtaining a diploma of completion of the Program is the preparation and defense of the  diploma paper. The diploma paper may be of a scientific or practical nature.  


The Kirkland scholarships are addressed to individuals who represent the following professional groups: ∙ civil servants, employees of central and local government institutions  

  • lawyers 
  • entrepreneurs,  
  • managers in business, NGOs, culture, education, environmental protection, healthcare ∙ leaders of non-governmental organizations, animators in culture and civic activity  ∙ academic teachers 
  • journalists 


  • 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) ∙ Full university education (a completed course of at least four years of higher education) - Bachelor's or  Master's degree 
  • 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  

The Kirkland Program studies may be conducted in Polish or English. Studies in English are not possible for  candidates from Belarus and Ukraine. Knowledge of the Polish language facilitates full use of the  educational offer at Polish universities and the professional internship. Therefore, candidates from Belarus and Ukraine, as well as other candidates planning to study in Polish, must know Polish at the beginning of  the scholarship at a level enabling them to take advantage of academic classes and write their diploma  thesis (B2). During the interview, candidates should know Polish at least at B1 level. For candidates with  insufficient knowledge of the Polish language, but who have obtained a high score, we allow for the  possibility of passing the exam in mid-June 2022. The result of the examination determines the final  qualification of the candidate for the scholarship 

Candidates from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and  Uzbekistan planning to study in English are required to indicate a specific educational offer in that  language in the above-mentioned five academic centers. These persons are required, during the interview, to speak English at least at B2 level and have the basic knowledge of the Polish language - A1 level.  Candidates who pass the qualification in terms of content, but not sufficiently know Polish, have the  opportunity to continue learning the language (the Program administrator provides study materials) and  pass the language exam organized in the mid-June 2022). The result of the exam determines the final  qualification of the candidate for the scholarship. 


  • candidates actively working in their professional and social fields  
  • candidates who have significant achievements  
  • candidates who have not yet studied in Poland 
  • candidates choosing studies in Polish 


Approximately 45 best candidates will be selected in a 3-stage evaluation process of candidates: 

I. Review of applications with regard to eligibility criteria  

II. Review of candidates’ proposed projects of study by independent experts 

III. Interviews (planned on 28 March-29 April 2022) 

The candidates advanced to the third stage will be notified by e-mail by 25 March 2022. Information on the  final nominations will be mailed to the candidates in May 2022. 

Candidates, who will be selected to participate in the Program on condition that they improve their knowledge  of the Polish language, will have the opportunity to pass the language exam organized in mid-June 2022. 


1. Application form on-line 

  • detailed personal questionnaire  
  • reasons why the candidate wants to participate in the Program; a project of stay containing an  outline of the paper to be prepared as a result of the scholarship as well as proposals concerning  the implementation of the scholarship and plans to use the knowledge gained in Poland (4000- 6000 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.  Recommendation letters must not be written by the candidate's family members and/or spouses/life  partners. 

3. Copy of Master’s degree diploma (or PhD diploma) – to be submitted by e-mail. 


Description of the program and detailed application instructions can be obtained directly from the following  website: They can also be requested by e-mail from the Program Office.

Application forms should be filled out on-line.  

After the on-line application is submitted, the system will generate an application confirmation document that  needs to be printed. The signed page together with the attached current photograph of the candidate should  be scanned and sent by e-mail together with two reference letters and a copy of the graduation diploma to  the following address: 


Application forms and relevant documents should be received by the Program Office no later than:  March 1, 2022 

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 


Leaders of Change Foundation 

L. Kirkland Scholarship Program 

Al. Jerozolimskie 133 m. 56, 02-304 Warsaw, Poland