In 2016 PZU Foundation and EAD inaugurated the PZU Scholarships project. With the support of the PZU Foundation, we will grant 10 scholarships to outstanding candidates for the Program of the Academy of Young Diplomats (AYD). Within this project, 5 citizens from Poland and 5 citizens from Ukraine, Moldavia or Georgia shall receive financial support for their participation in the AYD. This year’s 13th edition will bring together 200 young leaders from over 50 countries who will be educated within 3 unique specialization – two in English and one in Polish (International Organizations, International Security, Polish Foreign Service).
The scholarship shall cover the tuition fee of participation in AYD. Please be advised that the scholarship does not cover the costs of accommodation, transportation, and meals during the program.

DSC_0083About the Program

The European Academy of Diplomacy is organizing 13th edition of Academy of Young Diplomats. It is a unique hands – on training program that annually brings together over 200 people from 50 different countries. In the international environment, participants broaden their experience and gain new knowledge in the field of diplomacy. To quote one of prof. Norman Davies: “Academy of Young Diplomats is a breeding ground for future leaders”.

At the same time, this program is the ideal platform to exchange good practices and experiences. The program is aimed at young people, students, and graduates who feel the need to change their environment, and they want to make the first step to take action and influence their local communities.


About the PZU Foundation

Since 2004, PZU Foundation carries out philanthropic activities of the PZU Group, that are a part of the strategy of social commitments of the company.

The purpose of the Foundation is to promote the education of children and young people and equalisation of opportunities for persons with disabilities, as well as increase access to cultural and social life and support the development of civil society in various matters. “We help helping” is the motto of the Foundation, that is implemented by supporting strategic areas such as Education, Care and social assistance, Health care, Culture, and Art.

For more information about the PZU Foundation go to http://fundacjapzu.pl/index.html


Scholarship Requirements 

Please ensure you meet the following criteria. Do not continue if you answer NO to any of these questions, as you will not be eligible for the PZU Scholarship:

– Are you student or graduate and a citizen of Poland, Ukraine, Georgia or Moldova?

– Do you have at least one year of working or volunteering experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social sector/cultural sector?

– Are you proficient in English (reading, writing, and speaking)?

– Are you able to commit to fulfilling all AYD Program requirements?


To fulfill the scholarship application process you are required to complete the AYD registration available in the tab Application Form and submit the following:

– Upload a short video,

– Curriculum vitae (Europass format),

– Contact information of 2 who can provide you with professional references (which should include, name and surname, e-mail address, phone number and the job title).

Applications should be sent by 26th of September 2016.

Before you start filling up this application form, please be informed that at the end of this form, you will need to upload a short video and your Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) to successfully submit this application. Therefore, please prepare these materials before you start filling up the form as this form does not have saving option. Applications without the attachments won’t be taken under the consideration.


Scholarship Requirements 

Applicants are required to create a two to three-minute video. Using a webcam, cell phone or video camera, and answer to the following points:
– Introduce yourself and summarize your professional background and social involvement,
– Describe the challenge that you and your friends are facing in your local environment and tell us how participation in AYD Program will help you to resolve it.

Convey your traits as a leader:
– Show ability to capture and engage the audience;
– Show great interpersonal skills;
– Possess the ability to speak with clarity, brevity, and structure.

A strong video takes time and practice, so please plan accordingly. We will not consider complex editing skills, visual effects or other elaborate elements. Your video should feature you and your ideas.

Please upload your video on video hosting websites such as YouTube, DropBox or Wetransfer. Please save the video using your full name and adjust the privacy settings so that only those with the URL or specific links are able to view the video. For YouTube video, please do not make your video private as we will not be able to access or view it.

We kindly inform you that the deadline for scholarship applications was 26 September 2016 and scholarship applications are no longer accepted.
You can still fill – in the regular application form available on the main Admissions website.

What are we looking for in AYD participants and PZU foundation beneficiaries?

  • Global openness: AYD students are aware of the challenges facing them in the modern world and meet them with engagement. They are proactive and actively seek opportunities to gain experience in an international environment (through internships, volunteering and student exchange).

  • Social involvement: AYD students dynamically contribute to the surrounding society. They operate locally as well as in the NGO sector. Prospective candidates of the Academy of Young Diplomats should not only end on the responsibilities of a student and employee but also support social activity.

  • Professional development: In the fields of science and professionalism the candidates stand out with their courage to take on difficult challenges at the same time being aware of their strengths and weaknesses, as well as possess the desire of continuous self-improvement. In the institutions and academic centers in which they operate, the candidates show passion and desire for constant development.


Is there an age or educational requirements for the Scholarship?
Yes. You have to at leats 18 years old and have student or university graduate status.


If I have the residence permit in Poland/Georgia/Ukraine/Moldavia. Can I apply for the PZU Foundation scholarship?
No. Only citizens of Poland, Ukraine, Georgia or Moldavia are eligible for the scholarship.


Do I need to provide recommendation letter?
No. You only need to provide the contact information for two professional references. They should people with whom you’ve worked with – not family, friends, or a spouse. Ideally one of these references should be a former supervisor. Your referees may be contacted by the selection committee at any point via the email addresses and/or phone numbers you provide. You DO NOT need to provide a letter of recommendation as part of your application.


I have already submitted my application but I would like to make same changes. Is this possible?
Unfortunately, no – it is not possible. It is clearly stated on the application form and on the website that after you click the submit button you will no longer be able to make any changes. Once you’ve submitted your application, it is not possible to “unsubmit.”


The scholarship will cover participation fee in one year log AYD Program. Does it mean I have to cover my travel cost to/from Warsaw during sessions, the cost of the visa, accommodation, and food?
Yes. The scholarship covers participation fee of the AYD. The program includes 6 three-days sessions in Warsaw, one workshop session, one external session in Krakow (accommodation and meals);study visits in the embassies and international organizations based in Warsaw.


I want to apply for the scholarship. When is the final date of the application submission?
The final deadline for the application submission is 26th of September 2016.


When I can expect the results of my application?
The scholarship applicants will be informed about the results via e-mail 7th October 2016.