Why apply?

The PASIFIC Fellowship Offer

There are many reasons to apply for the PASIFIC Fellowship Programme, for instance:  

The Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences offer an excellent infrastructure, supporting the highest calibre of research. The facilities available to incoming fellows include:

  1. Field stations and experimental farms (i.e., The Institute of DendrologyThe Institute of Genetics and Animal BreedingThe Polish Primitive Horses Reserve at the Research Station in Popielno)
  2. Polar stations (i.e., The Polish Polar Station at Hornsund Spitsbergen and the Henryk Arctowski Polish Station in Antarctica).
  3. Research vessel in Oceania (The Institute of Oceanology operates the research vessel Oceania).
  4. Botanical gardens and arboretum (The Centre for Biological Diversity Conservation in PowsinThe Mountain Botanical Garden in Zakopane, and The Kórnik Arboretum.
  5. Libraries and archives (practically all the PAS institutes offer access to greatly equipped libraries and archives, including The Library of the Institute of Literary ResearchThe Library and Archive of the Institute of Art, and The Janusz Tazbir Library at the Institute of History.
  6. Laboratories (i.e., numerous laboratories at The Institute of Psychology).

As a PASIFIC Fellow, you will benefit from comprehensive mentoring and training offer as well as various activities supporting your scientific development, including:

  • Carrying out a supervised individual research project at one of the institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
  • Developing a Career Development Plan that defines your long-term goals and research directions.
  • Participation in scientific and complementary workshops at the respective Host Institute of the PAS.
  • Optionally, up to 6 months of a secondment to the non-academic sector or short visits to research and non-academic organisations worldwide that will strengthen the intersectoral and interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge.
  • 11 types of workshops and seminars tackling issues such as research funding possibilities in Poland and beyond, project management, Intellectual Property Rights, and Big Data analysis.

PASIFIC fellows will be strongly encouraged to serve an up to six-month secondment at a suitable academic or non-academic organisation located anywhere in the world. The fellows will have the freedom to choose an institution at which they would like to be hosted. Among other opportunities, they will have access to over 2400 industrial, governmental, and third sector partners collaborating with institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences, e.g., KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.Proteon PharmaceuticalsVista LaboratoriesDr Irena Eris SAADR System, hospitals, as well as Polish City Halls and Voivodship Marshal Offices.

Research financing in Poland comes in large part from the state as well as from European programs such as Horizon 2020 and the EU structural funds, and to a lesser extent from the private sector. The most important research funding bodies in Poland include the Ministry of Science and Higher Educationthe National Science Centre, and the National Centre for Research Development.

In 2017, the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) was also established, to support academic exchange and international collaboration aimed at increasing the internationalisation of the Polish scientific community.