Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship Program

Participating U.S. Institutions & Coordinators:

University of Chicago Dr. Anthony A. Kossiakoff
University of Virginia Dr. Zygmunt S. Derewenda
University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center Dr. Jose Rizo-Rey
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Dr. Umesh Deshmukh


Participating Polish Institutions & Coordinators

All students registered at accredited Polish Universities in select Masters programs in biomedical sciences (including Universities, Universities of Technology and Medical Universities) are eligible to apply through the Polish-Amerfican Fulbright Commission. The website listing all the programs and the application procedure with documents needed is found here: :

The following Universities have special agreements with the US consortium and students should consult the coordinators whose e-mail addresses are provided:


Technical University of Lodz Prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Bujacz
Technical University of Wroclaw Prof. dr hab. Jadwiga Soloducho
University of Gdansk Prof. dr hab. Sylwia Jafra
University of Lodz Prof. dr hab. Wanda M. Krajewska
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan Ms. Joanna Janas
Warsaw University of Technology dr inz Edyta Lukowska-Chojnacka
Medical University of Lodz Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Stanczak



The Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship Program (VRGTP) offers eleven-month (July to June) research traineeships to select qualified students enrolled in an eligible Masters program in biomedical sciences in Poland. The traineeships are available to students following the first or second year of the Masters program (in the latter case the student must be awarded a leave of absence). In some cases students may receive credit towards their second year and will be able to use the results of their research towards a Masters thesis at the home Institution. The number of traineeships in any given year is subject to availability of funds; in 2014-2015 a total of 31 stipends was awarded. Successful candidates will be offered positions in specific laboratories and the status of visiting graduate students or research trainees. Stipends of $25,000 - $28,000 depending on the US host, and full health insurance will be included in the offer.


The 2015-2016 Competition

A preliminary set of projects available for the 2015-2016 cycle of the program is provided on the following pages:

Approved and Tentative Projects at the University of Virginia
Unviersity of Chicago 2015 Polish Program
Approved Projects at the University of Texas
Approved projects at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Prospective candidates should follow the application process as described in and file an application with the Polish-American Fulbright Commission in Warsaw. The application must contain a signed form of consent from the home University and should be filed by February 1 2015. The applications will be reviewed and candidates selected for interviews in Poland will be informed by February 15. The interviews will take place on March 14th in Warsaw (for candidates from Warsaw, Lodz, Krakow, Rzeszow and Lublin) and on March 16th in Poznan (for all others). Candidates invited to the interviews must submit their full transcript for the winter semester by March 5.

Among the qualifications required for consideration are (1) fluency in English (absolute prerequisite), (2) high academic standing (GPA of 4.0 or above is recommended), and (3) prior experience in research (both in Poland and abroad). The following documents are required: (1) a curriculum vitae (CV), (2) a transcript, (3) a letter indicating which projects are of particular interest, with justification; (4) at least one letter of reference; (5) signed institutional consent form..

The U.S. coordinators will travel to Poland to conduct interviews with selected candidates. The interviewers will evaluate which students are most suitable for each of the available research projects; this phase may also include additional telephone/skype interviews conducted by prospective mentors. Those students who are selected for traineeships will receive formal offers by e-mail no later than by May 1 2015, and they should respond within three days if they accept. Successful candidates will be informed about the US visa application process and other formalities that will be required at the specific US institution. Logistical assistance will be provided with accommodation and travel arrangements.


Student Life at U.Va. 

Although the University of Virginia has expanded to encompass more than one thousand acres, it still retains the intimacy that characterized the Academical Village. University planners have been careful to reserve open space for study and contemplation while erecting modern facilities for each of the University's eleven schools. More information about graduate student life at U.Va. may be found at the Graduate Guide.

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Charlottesville has its own traditions. The community celebrates each spring with a Dogwood Festival and New Year’s Eve with First Night Virginia fireworks and entertainment. Steeplechase fans attend the Foxfield Races, and every spring, runners in the Charlottesville Ten-Miler rush through town toward the finish line at University Hall.

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History of Program & Opportunities for Graduate Study

The VRGTP has been in place since 2001, although it was limited in scope for the first few years. In 2006, the University of Chicago became the second host institution in the United States, and since 2014 a consortium of four US Institutions is involved. Since its inception, more than 200 students have participated in the program. Approximately 20% of the graduates of the program continued their studies at the PhD level in the US, and another 20% were accepted to six of the top Universities in Europe, including Oxford, Cambridge and ETH. Overall, more than 90% of students continued their career at the PhD level. The contributions of students who have participated in the program are documented by numerous papers, which they co-authored, based on research conducted during their work in the US.