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Franciszek Mertens Scholarship - FAQ

The competition is addressed to the outstanding graduates and pupils of schools outside the Republic of Poland (RP), including schools remaining under the government of the Republic of Poland, which are outside its territory.
On the one hand, it includes graduates, who had completed secondary school education no more than 5 years before the competition was announced. On the other hand, it is addressed to pupils of schools which issue a certificate, or any other document which entitles them to start higher education.

No, it is not. If the winner of the competition does not take up their studies at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science in the year of granting the scholarship, they have to start their studies within the next two years.

Yes, definitely. Last year's recruitment results do not affect the current competition. Only the candidate's achievements and the level of competitors count and affect your success. Each additional start in the competition only increases the chances of receiving it. Moreover, receiving a scholarship before graduating from school allows the candidate to prepare calmly to take up their studies in Poland.

No other documents are required. There is no need to send translations. It is sufficient to send scanned documents and diplomas by electronic means of communication.

However, after the end of the competition and the announcement of the results, the recruitment process should start as soon as possible. During this process, it will be necessary to provide the apostille of the graduation diploma and its sworn translation into Polish, which can be done in Poland.

The second stage does not require physical presence of the candidate – interviews may be held in the form of a videoconference.

Candidates who qualify for the second stage of the competition do not pay tuition fees throughout the entire period of study.

The winners of the competition, on request, shall receive all the documents, which the University can issue, and which help to receive a visa. Such requirements shall be consulted with each successful candidate on an individual basis. The candidate can apply for a visa in their country of origin. They can also apply for a temporary residence permit upon arrival in Krakow. EU citizens do not need visas to study in Poland.

A motivation letter can be written in any language. Nonetheless, writing it in the Polish language is welcome. A letter written in English, or Russian shall be also more convenient to the committee than a letter written in, e.g. the Ukrainian language.

The application form will be available from 1 May on the website concerning the scholarship.

The interviews shall be held between 15 and 30 June. The committee shall contact the participants of the second stage of the competition in order to stipulate a specified timeline. The interview shall be held in a manner which enables the most convenient way of communication between the committee and the candidate. The committee members possess the knowledge of Polish and English, as well as to a lesser degree, of Russian. Generally, it is sufficient to possess the knowledge of English, or minimum knowledge of Polish.

The entire application procedure is carried out through the form available on the website. In case of any problems and doubts during the application process, the candidate can contact us by e-mail at the following address: stypendium.mertensa[at]



An individual course of studies means that student, in consultation with their academic supervisor, can choose any courses they wish. Student is obliged, however, to obtain a required number of ECTS credits, which means they cannot complete fewer courses than other students. In practical terms, an individual course of studies gives students great feedom.

The scholarship regulations guarantee participation in a language course in the first semester of studies, but if students are interested in extending the course, the current practice shows that it is possible.
Often, the tutors initially conduct meetings in English and gradually switch to Polish according to the student's language abilities.


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