Central European-American Business Leaders Scholarship – Poland

The objective of this program is to provide Poland’s future business leaders with substantive work experience at American businesses as well as an American-based MBA.

Quinnipiac University will select up to two recipients per year for the Central European-American Business Leaders Scholarship (Poland). Recipients will come to the United States for two years to work and study. Prior to arriving in the U.S., scholarship recipients must take some online MBA courses so they can complete their remaining MBA coursework in their first year in the U.S. Once in the U.S., scholars take on-site MBA courses (limited online courses are allowed), live in university housing and work part-time during their first year. They work full-time and live off campus during their second year.

The key benefits of the program include:

  • Scholars gain up to two years of work experience at American businesses.
    • During MBA studies, our scholars work part-time at American businesses.
    • After completing their MBA, our scholars work full-time at American businesses.
  • All scholars earn an MBA at Quinnipiac University.
  • At the conclusion of the program, students are required to return to Poland, putting their knowledge and experience to use.

The scholarship includes:

  • One reasonably priced economy class roundtrip airline ticket
  • A start-up stipend to help with initial living and travel costs
  • A room in university housing (first year) and health insurance during MBA studies
  • Fully paid tuition

The university has many resources to assist students in finding part-time and full-time work during their time in the U.S. but cannot guarantee any specific job or company in advance.

Scholarship Application Process

Application requirements

Ideal candidates have a strong work ethic, are self-motivated and honest, and display a high level of maturity and a strong sense of responsibility.

  • Students must have completed at least one semester’s worth of a master’s degree by August 15, 2019. Quinnipiac needs to count about three of your master’s credits toward your Quinnipiac MBA degree.
  • Some work experience (including internships) is required. Ideally, candidates have 1–2 years of work experience.
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s license. (Scholars must drive to job interviews and to work.)
  • Candidates must be under 27 years of age when arriving in the U.S.
  • Candidates must be Polish nationals.
  • Scholars must maintain “good academic standing” at Quinnipiac during their MBA.
  • Scholars should have good communication, presentation and general people skills.
  • Scholarship recipients will be responsible for covering certain costs related to mandatory vaccines, J1 VISA processing fees, SEVIS fee, and an official copy of the International Credential Evaluation document from World Education Services (WES)

Application materials

  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation – At least one letter must be from a professor at the applicant’s university
  • Copies of current university transcripts – This may be an unofficial copy for the application, but scholarship recipients must submit an official copy before arriving at Quinnipiac
  • Photocopy or digital scan of your driver's license – Typically the applicant's Polish license, but international licenses or a license from another country is also acceptable
  • Introductory letter (1 page long) – Should include the applicant's name, the applicant current field of study, and basic information about the applicant and the applicant hopes to achieve in the U.S.
  • Essay on intent and motivation (estimated 2–3 pages) – Should explain your motivation in applying for the scholarship and your vision of how you will apply this experience when you return to Poland
  • Plan of study (estimated 1–2 pages) – Should list the MBA courses at Quinnipiac University in which the applicant is interested
  • Proof of English language proficiency (minimum C1 level)
  • All applications must be submitted digitally in PDF and/or Microsoft Word format. Each document’s file name should begin with the applicant’s family name followed by the applicant's given name. As an example, hejmowski_hanna_resume.doc. All written documents must be double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font using standard American 8.5x11 inch page size.

Selection process

Applications should be submitted before midnight, Central European Time, November 30, 2018.

  • Finalists will have a personal interview with Professor Gedeon Werner from Quinnipiac University in December in Warsaw (selected applicants are required to come to Warsaw at their expense).
  • The final selection will be announced early in 2019.


For more information, please contact us.

Gedeon Werner
Novak Family Polish Chair
Central European Institute 
203-582-8737 (U.S. office)

Hanna Hejmowski
Assistant Director
203-582-8737 (U.S. office)
203-809-3193 (U.S. mobile)