The recruitment phase of the POLONEZ BIS programme has been closed. The next calls are not planned to open for the time being.


POLONEZ BIS is a fellowship programme for experienced researchers, co-funded by the European Commission and the Polish National Science Centre under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND grant. In three calls announced in 2021 and 2022, the programme recruited 133 scientists from all over the world. They moved to Poland for 24 months to conduct their basic research in public or private institutions. The research component is complemented by a series of workshops and an opportunity to cooperate with startups and non-governmental organisations during short-term secondments.

POLONEZ BIS is a postdoctoral programme addressed to researchers interested in developing their professional skills within the stimulating environment of best research institutions in Poland. Open to candidates of any research background, discipline, nationality, age and gender. Selected in a transparent, merit-based evaluation process based on international peer-review, the Fellows will be independent in designing their own career development plan and will collaborate with outstanding supervisors at an academic or non-academic host institution of their choice.

The programme guarantees excellent working conditions inclusive of a generous salary (€ 53,5 K a year, gross), an annual research grant (€ 50 K) and a comprehensive Research Leaders’ Training Programme enhancing both research-related and transferable skills.

The programme is coordinated by the National Science Centre (NCN), a government agency with over 10 years of experience in funding curiosity-driven research in Poland. To strengthen the programme’s impact, NCN will involve 4 project partner organisations:

  • Careers Research and Advisory Centre to reinforce the fellows’ potential for professional development,
  • Startup HUB Poland to provide insight into the non-academic sector and match fellows with appropriate secondment institutions,
  • Polish Women Scientists Network to conduct Responsible Research and Innovation training as well as support fellows in communication of research results to the general public,
  • Interdisciplinary Center for Mathematical and Computational Modelling to advise on the choice of appropriate Open Access and Open Data tools to disseminate research results to the scientific community.

Host Institutions

Fellowships can be hosted by any organisation registered in Poland. This includes universities, research institutes or centres, private companies, foundations, NGOs, museums, scientific libraries, etc. The profile of the selected institution should reflect the nature of the research project.

An institution which  employed the applicant within the 3 years immediately before the proposal submission deadline is not eligible.  Additional conditions apply to applicants who  would like to return to the host institutions which granted them a doctoral degree. The host institution will provide the Fellow with the support of a supervisor/mentor in the chosen field of research and an administrative assistant to help successfully manage the project. The host institution will receive 20% lump sum for indirect costs related to project management.

Call timeline

POLONEZ BIS 1: 15 September 2021 – 15 December 2021 (call closed)
POLONEZ BIS 2: 15 March 2022 – 15 June 2022 (call closed)
POLONEZ BIS 3: 15 September 2022 – 15 December 2022 (call closed)

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