Minister Czarnek opens the seventh NAWA Polish Returns programme


The Minister of Education and Science, Prof. Przemysław Czarnek, together with the Director of the National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA), Dawid Kostecki, opened the call for applications for the seventh edition of NAWA’s flagship programme Polish Returns at the Polish Institute in Rome. 

Beginning in 2018, the programme supports scientists with Polish citizenship and outstanding scientific achievements who wish to return to Poland after years of scientific work abroad. The call for applications in 2023 will run until 31 July.

During a meeting at the Polish Institute in Rome, NAWA director Dr Dawid Kostecki conveyed that the largest number of people have so far returned from the UK, the US and Germany. He stressed that the Polish Returns programme provides “an opportunity to attract intellectual capital to Poland”. As he stated, the main reason prompting people to return is “modern patriotism”.

The aim of NAWA’s Polish Returns programme is to enable outstanding Polish scientists to return to the country and take up employment in Polish universities and research institutes. 

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