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Grants from external funds allow to obtain full financing of one’s research and additional remuneration. The University of Silesia supports doctoral students in obtaining these funds and their administrative service.

If you are a doctoral student at the University of Silesia and you search for support in obtaining funds, use the assistance of the Project Office at your faculty or at the Doctoral School (list of offices).

Selected sources of research funding for doctoral students


National Science Centre (NSC)



The contest is aimed at those who start their scientific career and do not have a doctoral degree. Doctoral students have the ability to independently conduct a research project, lasting one, two or three years . It may (however it does not have to) be related to the subject of the doctoral dissertation. The maximum project financing is PLN 210000. Recruitment: by 15th June and 15th December in a given year.

The nearest recruitment: Preludium 18 – from 16th September to 16th  December 2019.


More information at https://www.ncn.gov.pl/finansowanie-nauki/konkursy/typy.



The contest for a scientific scholarship is aimed at those who start their scientific career, do not have a doctoral degree, are scientifically active and have been admitted into the doctoral programme. The scholarship (i.e. PLN 4500 per month) is awarded for 6 or 12 months. Internship abroad in a selected research centre is an important part of the scholarship. The internship lasts at least 3 months. Recruitment: by 15th March in a given year.

The nearest recruitment: Etiuda 8 – from 16th December 2019 to 16th March 2020.


More information at: https://www.ncn.gov.pl/finansowanie-nauki/konkursy/typy

The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange



The Iwanowska Programme

The aim of the Programme is to increase international mobility of doctoral students by enabling them to conduct scientific research or classes in foreign centres around the world. Trips, lasting from 6 to 12 months, include a stay in recognized scientific centres and the implementation of research projects with outstanding scientists. Anyone who prepares a doctoral dissertation irrespective of the filed can apply for the participation in the Programme.

The Programme provides financing the scholarship that covers the cost of living related to stay in a foreign host centre and mobility allowance. The amount of the scholarship can be increased if the spouse of the beneficiary or his/her minor children participate in the trip. The amount of the scholarship can also be increased in the case when a guardian of the beneficiary diagnosed with moderate or considerable disability participates in the trip.


Next recruitment: by 18th December 2019.


More information at: https://nawa.gov.pl/naukowcy/program-im-iwanowskiej.


Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW)



Scholarship of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for outstanding young scientists

The scholarship is given to outstanding young scientists, including doctoral students, who have demonstrated significant achievements in scientific activity. The scholarship replaced the previous scholarship of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding doctoral students.

The nearest recruitment: from 1st to 31st December 2019.

More information at: https://www.gov.pl/web/nauka/informacja-na-temat-stypendiow-ministra-nauki-i-szkolnictwa-wyzszego-dla-wybitnych-mlodych-naukowcow-w-2019-r.

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