Extended call for applications under the Polish Returns Programme

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    Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange NAWA
    Formal sciences
    Natural sciences
    Professions and applied sciences
    Social sciences
    Recognised Researcher (R2) (PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent)
    Established Researcher (R3) (Researchers who have developed a level of independence)
    Leading Researcher (R4) (Researchers leading their research area or field)


The aim of the Polish Returns Programme is to allow prominent Polish scientists to return to their country and take up employment in Polish higher education institutions, scientific units or research institutes. The Programme will create optimal conditions for returning scientists to conduct world-class scientific research or developmental work in Poland. The funds obtained under the Polish Returns Programme are to ensure salaries for Returning Scientists and allow them to create a Project Group (research team). Polish higher education institutions, scientific units and research institutes will be able to acquire specialists with international experience and knowledge in the field of the newest research trends in their scientific discipline.

The Programme is addressed to Polish scientists working in foreign scientific institutions who wish to make use of the knowledge and experience acquired abroad after returning to Poland, by developing their own research teams or getting involved in research carried out by existing research teams.

The following shall be financed under the Programme:

  • remuneration for the Returning Scientist together with employer costs;
  • remuneration for members of the Project Group together with employer costs;
  • resettlement expenses and costs of adapting the workplace;
  • research component financed by the National Science Centre in Poland.

Polish Returns 2020 Programme Regulations (3-19-2020)

For more information about the Polish Returns Programme please contact:

Joanna Rutkowska, Department of Programmes for Scientists

phone: +48 22 390 35 83

e-mail: joanna.rutkowska@nawa.gov.pl




The responsibility for the funding offers published on this website, including the funding description, lies entirely with the publishing institutions. The application is handled uniquely by the employer, who is also fully responsible for the recruitment and selection processes.