Type of grant

Research grant (including stay abroad)


Doctoral and postdoctoral studies

Sectors and fields of study



Programme description

The aim of the programme is to identify the most gifted young scientists and encourage them to continue their scientific development by enabling them to devote themselves fully to research.

Financial terms

PLN 28, 000

Grant funded by

The Polish Science Foundation (FNP)

Eligibility criteria

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Applications can be made by the candidates' training institutions or by the institutions where the candidates carry out R&D work or by the candidate him/herself. Applicants must be outstanding young researchers with significant achievements in their scientific field who:

  • have a history of publications (articles in recognised scientific periodicals or books);
  • are doctoral students or PhD students in Poland or perform R&D work in Poland in an entity whose statutory objectives are research or development work;
  • are under 30 years of age in the year of application.

Level of study required

Masters or Doctorate degree

Application process

How to apply

Candidates are registered using the application form. The printed application with the required signatures and attachments must also be sent to the Foundation's office at the following address:

Krasickiego 20/22
02-611 Warsaw

Before you start filling in the application, please read the START Programme Regulations and the Instructions for the Preparation of the Application (see under "Documents"). The START grant application submitted must be signed in the case of a university by its Rector/Vice-Chancellor, and in the case of another entity, by the head of the entity or a person authorised to represent it.


Last deadline: 18 December 2020.

Selection Process

The selection panel mainly evaluates the quality and originality of the candidate's scientific achievements and his/her most important research achievements. Applications are evaluated according to a multi-stage procedure (described in detail in the Instructions for the Preparation of Applications), involving external experts and evaluators. The final decision on the award of the grant is taken by the Foundation's Administrative Board. It is approved by the FNP Council.

Notes: Applications for the START grant programme will also be taken into consideration for submission to the Barbara Skarga scholarship, which is awarded to one of the programme laureates for a given year. The winner of this scholarship can be a person whose research is distinguished by the courage to cross the boundaries between different scientific fields, to open up new research perspectives and to create new values in science. This person's scholarship will be increased.

The Foundation also awards distinctions to outstanding candidates whose research results have been rated highest by the evaluation panel in three areas: humanities and social sciences, natural and medical sciences, and exact and technical sciences. The amount of the scholarships for the winners is increased: in previous years they amounted to PLN 36,000.

Selected beneficiaries of the START programme also have the possibility of receiving an exit grant for a stay in one or two research centres abroad. The purpose of these trips is to establish cooperation and to learn the methods of research work in these centres. They will be selected from among the laureates who have declared their intention to undertake such a trip in the application form and have attached the required documents.


Krystyna Frąk
Starszy Koordynator Programu
+48 22 845 95 11
+ 48 660 062 248


START Regulations

Instructions for submitting the application

Models contrat and reports