COMPETITION FOR THE LANE KIRKLAND SCHOLARSHIPS 2016-2017

Dialogue Instead of Conflict, Understanding Instead of Doubts Dates: 13-19.12.2013
May 1, 2017
“United Youth Combating Hate” Training Course
May 1, 2017

The Program is addressed to young leaders with higher education who are interested in the development of democracy, economy and civil society in their countries and in the region.
The Program is realized in the form of a two-semester project course with Polish universities and at leat 2-week professional internships with public or private institutions.

FIELDS
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§ Economics and management
§ Administration / management (business, NGO, culture, environmental protection, health care, education)
§ Public administration (government and local government)
§ Law
§ Social science (social psychology, sociology)
§ Political science and international relations
§ Journalism
§ Development policy
Diploma thesis shall be of theoretical or practical character (in the latter case theoretical introduction will still be required).
CANDIDATES
In the 2016/2017 academic year the Kirkland Program is addressed to the following persons:
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§ experts, politicians, employees at government and local government institutions
§ entrepreneurs and managers
§ leaders of non-governmental organizations, cultural organizers and promoters of active citizenship
§ academic teachers
§ journalists.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
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§ Citizenship and permanent residence in one of the targeted countries (holders of permanent residence card in Poland are ineligible)
§ Master’s degree
§ Up to 35 years of age (in special cases up to 40)
§ Professional experience of at least 2 years
§ Polish language proficiency adequate to effectively attend lectures and seminars as well as to prepare a diploma project or, alternatively, English in case of those candidates who select a specific study program with English as the language of instruction (in such cases, only basic Polish is required). During the interview candidates are required to speak Polish at least at the B1 level (diploma thesis written in Polish) or at least A1 (diploma thesis written in English)
PREFERENCES
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§ Candidates actively working in their professional and social fields
§ Candidates who have significant achievements
§ Candidates who have not studied in Poland before
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
1. Application form on-line
a) detailed personal questionnaire
b) proposed program of study in Poland explaining the purpose of participation in the Kirkland Program and including the future plans connected with its completion (not exceeding 4,000-6,000 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
3. Copy of Master’s degree diploma (or PhD diploma) – to be submitted by e-mail.

SELECTION PROCESS
Approximately 45 best applicants will be selected in a 3-stage evaluation process of candidates:
Stage 1 – formal assessment of applications
Stage 2 – substantive assessment of applications
Stage 3 – interviews (planned on 13-30 April 2016)
The candidates who have qualified by passing all 3 stages are informed via e-mail at the end of March. The information of the final results will be sent via e-mail in June 2016.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Monthly stipend paid to Kirkland grantees in Polish currency: about 1800 PLN. In addition, the scholarship covers the following costs: university fees; accommodation; insurance; one return ticket to Poland; public transportation tickets; visas.
For more information please visit official website of the Programme http://www.kirkland.edu.pl
Deadline for the applications: 1 of March, 2016.
If you have any questions please contact by email yciddp@yahoo.com and the Alumnies of the programme will provide necessary information.
The application and the consultation is free of charge.