SONATINA: post-doctoral grants (up to 3 years after PhD award)

SONATINA is a funding scheme addressed to researchers at the onset of their career offering them full-time employment in Polish research institutions and funding to carry out research projects, as well as the opportunity of a 3-6-month visiting fellowship outside of Poland

SONATINA 4 – closed on 16 March 2020

SONATINA 3 – closed on 15 March 2019

SONATINA 2 – closed on 15 March 2018

Principal Investigator: a researcher within 3 years of receiving his or her PhD degree or who will obtain a PhD degree on the 30th of June of the year referred to in the call documentation

Project duration: 24 or 36 months


Researchers may apply for funding of costs relevant necessary and directly connected to the proposed research, including:

  • Personnel, a.i. full-time employment of Principal Investigator in Polish research institution
  • Consumables
  • Travel and subsistence costs of the fellowship outside of Poland:
    • PLN 6,000-18,000 per month for subsistence during 3-6 month fellowship abroad,
    • PLN 1,000-10,000 for costs of travel to the abroad research institution and back.
  • Outsourcing
  • Other: publication costs, collective investigators, devices and software, etc.
  • Overheads: up to 20%

SONATINA applicants may not seek funding for research equipment.

Evaluation criteria:

  • research portfolio of the Principal Investigator,
  • evaluation of the results of research projects conducted by the Principal Investigator, funded from the budget for science,
  • scientific excellence and the innovative nature of the research project and its impact on the development of the research discipline,
  • the innovative nature of the research project and its impact on the advancement of the research field,
  • appropriate choice and the quality of the fellowship host institution outside of Poland
  • justification of the planned costs

Evaluation procedure: 2-step merit-based evaluation by peer review panels and external reviewers; applicants qualified to the second stage of evaluation will be invited for an interview carried out in Polish or in English

Application: written partly in Polish and partly in English

Call timeline


Tel: 0048 12 341 9000