The sizable group of 111 researchers who have already benefited from NCN programmes targeted at scientists fleeing the war will now be joined by students and PhD candidates. We have the pleasure to announce a new scholarship programme for young researchers, funded from the EEA and Norway Grants.
Several days after the Russian aggression, the National Science Centre drafted a special programme targeted at Ukrainians seeking refuge in Poland. We also created an option for NCN grant winners to hire them under ongoing NCN projects. These initiatives have already allowed 111 Ukrainian researchers to find employment at universities and research centres throughout Poland. Now, they will be joined by their younger colleagues.
Previous initiatives were targeted at PhD holders. The new scholarship programme, on the other hand, reaches out to students and graduates who have not yet earned their PhD degree. Its purpose is to enable them to continue their studies, work on their MA thesis or PhD dissertation, or pursue other forms of education in Poland.
The scholarships will be paid out over a period of 6 to 12 months. What’s new is that their holders will be able to spend up to half of that time in Ukraine and carry out their grants remotely.
Applications can be submitted by universities and other research centres. The host institution must name an advisor delegated to support the scholarship holder. The application should also explain how the institution is planning to integrate the winner with the Polish research community and outline the benefits that their new skills and experience will bring to Ukrainian science.
The maximum funding for one applicant is 5,000 zlotys (applicants can request a lower sum and cover some of the costs from their own resources).
The scholarship programme is funded from the EEA and Norway Grants under the Basic Research Programme operated by the NCN. Its terms and conditions have been approved by the programme’s partner, the Research Council of Norway.
Just like in previous initiatives targeted at Ukrainian researchers, the formal submission and assessment requirements have been reduced to the minimum. Please consult the official announcement for additional information and detailed terms and conditions.