Fellowships and scholarships
Thesaurus Poloniae is a three-month fellowship programme of the Ministry of Culture, implemented by the International Cultural Centre in Cracow. It is addressed to individuals who carry out research on culture, history or the multicultural heritage of Poland, both past and present, and broadly understood Central Europe. Both individuals who deal with the management and preservation of cultural heritage in practical terms and those who carry out theoretical research in the area of heritage, history, sociology, ethnography and anthropology are invited to participate in the programme.
Thesaurus Poloniae is divided into two categories: a senior programme for university professors and senior lecturers and a junior programme for PhD holders and doctoral students. A successful candidate for the programme will be granted a monthly fellowship (PLN 3 500/EUR 850 for senior candidates and PLN 2 500/EUR 600 for junior candidates) and a one-off grant to cover the purchase of books and other research aids (PLN 1 500/EUR 400). Each year, the International Cultural Centre organises two calls for applications for eligible candidates for the fellowship award. Three fellowships are awarded in each call.
Creative scholarships and scholarships in the field of dissemination of culture, founded by the Minister of Culture, are awarded to people involved in artistic creativity, dissemination of culture and protection of monuments for the implementation of a specific project in the following categories and areas:
1. Creative scholarships: literature; visual arts; music;, dance; theatre; film; caring for monuments; folk art.
2. Scholarships for projects related to the dissemination of culture: animation and cultural education; cultural management and supporting the development of cultural staff.
The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage provides also:
- scholarships for secondary-schools for artistic accomplishment, for those having extraordinary school merits and that are recognised in national or international competitions. Candidates are chosen by school headmasters;
- scholarships for arts academy students for artistic accomplishment at school. Candidates are chosen by rectors;
- and recruits candidates for foreign artistic scholarships implemented on the basis of bilateral Cultural and Scientific Cooperation Programmes.
The annual Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage has been awarded since 1997 to artists, creators and other people working in the field of culture for all their activities or for outstanding achievements in a given year in the field they represent. This prestigious distinction allows the Minister of Culture and National Heritage to highlight the most important trends and phenomena that appear in Polish culture by honouring the people who create and represent them.
The Culture Medal – Gloria Artis is awarded to those who are outstanding in the field of artistic creativity, cultural activity and protection of culture and national heritage.
The Oskar Kolberg Award is awarded yearly in recognition of life-long activity or for outstanding achievements in the field of folk culture, including individual creativity (fine arts, folk literature, music, dance), folk music groups, research activity, documentation, animation and dissemination of folk culture.