In a neighbourly gesture, we are opening our universities for Belarusian students and scientists, said Wojciech Murdzek, Minister of Science and Higher Education.
The programs, including “Solidarity with Students”, “Solidarity with Scientists”, and “Solidarity with Teachers”, will be implemented in collaboration between the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) and the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP).
According to the Minister, the programs will benefit those who are on the front line of the struggle for political and democratic freedoms in Belarus, and hence are under the greatest threat of repressions from the current government.
“Perhaps, (...) at this time it is impossible for them to continue their studies or research at home. As a neighbour state, a state that watches the current events with great concern, we want to provide opportunities that will save these student and doctoral careers from being squashed by limited freedoms”, emphasised Mr Murdzek.
Thanks to the “Solidarity with Students” program, NAWA will provide PLN 2 million (close to EUR 450,000) to finance 150 scholarships for students in the 2020/2021 academic year. The “Solidarity with Scientists” program, also worth PLN 2 million (close to EUR 450,000), will support 25 Belarusian scholars, who will be able to continue their research at Polish universities and research institutes.
Candidates for the student and scientist scholarships are assessed by CRASP.
Additionally, last August, NAWA offered free summer Polish language and culture courses for 100 people.
Thanks to the “Solidarity with Teachers” program, NAWA will also grant 15 scholarships, worth in total PLN 53,000 (close to EUR 12,000) for Polish language teachers to finance their post-graduate studies in the 2020/2021 academic year. Candidates for the program will be assessed by the University of Silesia in Katowice.