Young AGH UST scientists with stipends from the Foundation for Polish Science START programme

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Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) announced the results of the START 2022 competition. Prestigious stipends go to nine brilliant young scientists from the AGH UST. They can spend the annual stipend of PLN 28,000 for a purpose of their choice.

Laureates of the START programme from the AGH UST

This year, our university has ranked third in terms of the number of stipend-holders (9). The first place went to the University of Warsaw (12) and the second to the Jagiellonian University (10).

The 100 laureates of this year’s edition were selected from 794 candidates. The total amount of money allocated by the FNP to stipends in the 30th START programme competition is PLN 3,000,000.

The START programme established by the Foundation for Polish Science is the oldest stipend programme in Poland (1993) for the best young scientists representing all scientific disciplines. Its aim is to support exceptional young researchers and encourage them to pursue and develop their academic interests.

START stipends constitute a token of distinction for young scientists who, although having just started their academic careers, can already boast significant research achievements. The stipends are intended for young scientists under 30 years of age (or older, provided that they use the extension principle described in the rules and regulations of the programme). The academic achievement of the candidates – documented with patents or publications in renowned Polish and international scientific journals – is evaluated by top scholars in respective disciplines. Submissions that meet all the formal criteria are first assessed by an expert panel that forwards the best ones to be reviewed. Each application is then examined by three consecutive reviewers. Based on the opinions of all stages of merit-based assessment, the Foundation Board selects the laureates. The decision is then endorsed by the Foundation Council.

The next call for submissions will begin in autumn 2022.