Thesaurus Poloniae is a three-month-long Fellowship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland implemented by the International Cultural Centre in Krakow in autumn 2009. The programme is addressed to non-residents of Poland who conduct their research on culture, history and multicultural heritage of the Republic of Poland as well as on Central Europe. Both the researchers who deal with practical aspects of management and protection of cultural heritage, and theoretists dealing with history, sociology, ethnography, anthropology etc. are welcome to apply and participate in the programme.
Thesaurus Poloniae Fellowship is run in two categories: Senior Programme addressed to university professors and senior lecturers/PhD holders, and Junior Programme addressed to PhD candidates. 113 researches from 33 countries (Armenia, Azarbajdzan, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Egipt, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britan, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Romania, the Slovak Republic,Serbia, Spain, Syria, Ukraine and the USA) have participated in the programme so far.
The participants in the Senior Programme are granted a monthly fellowship of 3500 PLN (ca 770 EUR), the participants in the Junior Programme - 2500 PLN (ca 550 EUR), and both are offered a one-off grant of 1500 PLN (ca 330 EUR) received together with the first fellowship amount, meant to be spent on publications and other related expenses.
The International Cultural Centre Library is at the Fellowship Holders' disposal (http://www.mck.krakow.pl/page/26), and computer work stations with internet access are available in the Reading Room. The ICC offers assistance in getting access to the archives and libraries as well as educational activities of Krakow's academic and cultural institutions. The participants in the programme get a single, fully furnished and equipped apartment in the city center at their disposal.
In 2016-2019 period the awarded people included:
21st edition (September-December 2019)
Prof. Gordana Jovanovic (Serbia, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade) - the aim of the project is to assess the impact of Florian Znaniecki's methodological output on the development of cultural psychology (Senior Program);
Ahmed Nabaz Taher (Iraq, independent researcher) - the theme of the project is Polish 20th-century graphics and its impact on the development of art and artistic education in Iraq (Junior Program);
Prof. Taku Shinohara (Japan, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) - the theme of the project is the culture of remembrance in Poland and Central Europe in relation to the history of the Jewish community in Galicia (Senior Program).
20th edition (March-July 2019)
Prof. Akiko Kasuya (Japan), Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto. Programme Senior: research on the esthetics of the contemporary Polish art in comparison with Japanese art;
Dr Olena Kozakevycz (Ukraine), Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv. Programme Senior: research on the Hutsul art from the collections of the National Museum in Krakow and the Ethnographic Museum in Krakow;
Tatyana Zablockaja (Belarus), Belarussian State University, Minsk. Programme Junior: research on the museification of the Piarists's heritage in Belarus.
Dr. Katarzyna Konczewska, Belarus, Grodno, independent scholar. Senior Programme: project involving research on museum objects and archive materials from Belarus, forming part of the collection of the Museum of Ethnography in Krakow for publication on the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of western Belarus.
Ass. Prof. Erica Lehrer, Canada, Montreal, Concordia University. Senior Programme: project consisting in research on archive materials for a monographic study on culture of memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
Dr. Henadz Sahanovich, Belarus, Minsk, European Humanities University in Vilnius. Senior Programme: research on the role of religion and language as factors integrating the national community in multicultural areas of former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Cristian Antim Bobicescu, Romania, Bucharest, Romanian Academy of Sciences. Junior Programme: research on the Polish-Lithuanian-Moldovan relations at the turn of the 16th and 17th century.
Pavel Veljanoski, Macedonia, Skopje, SS Cyril and Methodius University. Junior Programme: project on the Polish traces in architecture and urban planning in Skopje with particular focus on the impact of Polish urban planners on its restoration after the earthquake in 1963.
18th edition (March-July 2018)
On 1st February 2018, there took place a meeting of the Recruitment Committee for the Thesaurus Poloniae fellowship programme organised by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. This year's first edition of the competition received 59 submissions. The competing projects were sent from Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czechia, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Spain, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, USA.
The Committee decided to grant seven fellowships to the following candidates:
Dr Marek Durcansky (Czech Republic), Institute of History, Charles University in Prague. Senior Programme: research dedicated to relations between the Charles University and Cracow's academic and cultural milieu during the period of Galician Authonomy (1867-1918).
Prof. dr hab. Bohdan Cherkes (Ukraine) Institute of Architecture, Lviv Polytechnic. Senior Programme: research dedicated to Ignacy Drexler and his influence on development of urban studies in Poland.
Dr Margarete Wach (Germany), University of Siegen, University of Tubingen. Senior Programme: research dedicated to polish independent movie scene in the period of 1945-1989.
Dr Iryna Horban (Ukraine) Museum of Ethnography and Art Crafts in Lviv. Senior Programme: research dedicated to art looting from Lviv museums during I and II WW and the restitution of looted artworks.
Richard Gregor (M.A.) (Slovakia), Faculty of Philosophy, Trnava University. Junior Programme: research dedicated to the Onset of Neo-avant-garde in Central Europe.
Ivan Durgutovski (M.A) (Macedonia), European University - Republic of Macedonia, Skopje. Junior Programme: a multimedia research project dedicated to Tadeusz Kantor.
Nune Srapyan (M.A.) (Armenia), independent researcher. Junior Programme: research dedicated to cataloguing armenian old prints in polish libraries.
17th edition (September - December 2017)
On 21st June 2017, there took place a meeting of the Recruitment Committee for the Thesaurus Poloniae fellowship programme organised by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. This year's first edition of the competition received 57 submissions. The competing projects were sent from Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Egypt, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Madagascar, Nepal, Serbia, Pakistan, Russia, Ruanda, Slovakia, Ukraine, USA. The Committee decided to grant six fellowships to the following candidates:
Dr. Siarhei Hruntou (Belarus), The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, The Center for Belarussian Culture, Language and Literature Research, Senior Programme: research dedicated to the analysis of the funeral chapels located in the parks of the manors at the territories of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth;
Dr. Noemi Kertesz (Hungary), Miskolc University, Miskolc, Senior Programme: the research dedicated to the analysis of the Polish contemporary literature in relation to the issue of resettlements;
Dr. Nikola Krstovic (Serbia), University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Center for Museology and Heritology, Senior Programme: research dedicated to the heritage and culture of memory of Central and Eastern Europe in the relation to the museum projects in the V4 countries;
Dr. Piruz Mnatsakanyan (Armenia), Institut of the Old Manuscripts of St. Mashtots, Yerevan: research dedicated to the analysis of the Court Register of Jazlowiec as a source of knowledge concerning the history of life of Armenians in the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 17th c.;
Dr. Natalia Moussienko (Ukraine), National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Kiev, Senior Programme, research dedicated to the visual reception of the events of Majdan in Kiev;
Dr. Andrij Stefanyshyn (Ukraine), The National University in Lviv, Department of Geography, Senior Programme: research dedicated to the analysis of the Polish practices in usage of the industrial heritage for the tourist functions.
16th edition (March - July 2017)
On 31 January 2017, there took place a meeting of the Recruitment Committee for the Thesaurus Poloniae fellowship programme organised by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. This year's first edition of the competition received 51 submissions. The competing projects were sent from Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine and the USA. The Committee decided to grant seven fellowships to the following candidates:
Dr hab. Svitlana Linda (Ukraine), Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv: Senior Programme: the research dedicated to the role of Lviv architecture school in the development of theory and practice in Polish architecture after WW II;
Dr Andrei Matsuk (Belarus), Institute of National History of the Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk: Senior Programme: the research dedicated to the role of the nobility of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the years 1697-1763;
Dr Jakub Forst-Battaglia (Austria), independent researcher, Wien: Senior Programme: the research on the role of Poland and its neighbours emerging from the new political order after WW I;
Dr Bojan Blazhevski (Macedonia), independent researcher, journalist, Skopje: Senior Programme: the research on the 2014 Skopje Urban Plan Project in the context of politics and architecture;
Eleanor Shapiro (USA), The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley: Junior Programme: examination of cultural festivals promoting Jewish culture and heritage in small Polish towns;
Anna Ernhoffer (Hungary), The Lorand Eotvos University, Budapest: Junior Programme: the research dedicated to the relations between the political elites of Poland and Hungary in the early modern times in the light of correspondence;
Dr Iveta Leitane (Latvia), University of Latvia, Riga: Senior Programme: the research on the transfer of ideas between academic elites in Poland, Kurland and Inflantia in the 16th - 17th c.
15th edition (September - December 2016)
On July 6, there took place a meeting of the Recruitment Committee for the Thesaurus Poloniae fellowship programme organised by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. This year's second edition of the competition received 31 submissions. The competing projects were sent from Australia, Belarus, Croatia, Great Britain, Italy, Romania, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and the USA. The Committee decided to grant six fellowships to the following candidates:
Prof. dr hab. Lubow Zwanko (Ukraine), Kharkiv National Academy of Municipal Economy: Senior Programme: project on Polish activity in Kharkiv in the 19th and 20th century;
Dr Claudia Florentina Dobre (Romania), Centre for Memory and Identity Studies, Bucharest: Senior Programme: comparative research on the social and cultural life in Krakow and Brasovin the communist period;
Dr Katarzyna Konczewska (Belarus), independent scholar, Grodno: Senior Programme: ethnographic and anthropological research on the funerary practices of the borderlands of Poland and Belarus;
Dr Natasa Urosevic (Croatia), Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Pula: Senior Programme: research on the development of the phenomenon of creative cities in Poland;
Maia Ipp (USA), San Francisco State University, San Francisco: Junior Programme: project on the contemporary Polish initiatives of commemorating the history of Jewish community in Poland;
Dr Elena Kucheyavaya (Russian Federation), The Western Branch of the Russian RANEPA Academy, Kaliningrad: Senior Programme: programme dedicated to the international cultural cooperation on the example of Krakow.
14th edition (March - July 2016)
Dr Nataliia Rudyka (Ukraine), University of Culture and Art., Kiev; Senior Programme: comparative research dedicated to the jewelry of the Middle Ages from Scandinavia, Poland and Ruthenia;
Ola Khito (Syria), University of Damascus, Damascus: Junior Programme: research on the restoration of objects of cultural heritage damaged during the war in the context of national identity preservation:
Milosz Cybowski (Great Britain), University of Southampton, Southampton: Junior Programme: research on the problem of Polish-British relations in the 19th c. with focus on the role of Poland, its history and culture in British public and political lives in early Victorian Britain;
Pieter De Messemaeker (Belgium), Gent University, Gent: Junior Programme: research dedicated to the transnational political activism of the Polish youth in Belgium at the beginning of the 20th c.;
Dr Claire Giraud-Labalte (France), Professor emeritus, Universite Catholique de l'Ouest: Senior Programme: research dedicated to travel notebooks and correspondence of Izabela Czartoryska and her family members. The projects aims at analyzing useful documents, giving a summary and transcribing partly with a view to publishing them;
Dr Magdalina Mitreva (Bulgaria), University of Sofia (St. Kliment Ohridski), Sofia: Senior Programme: research on the history of diplomatic relations between Poland and Bulgaria in the period from 1444 to 2016 related to the currect international relations in Europe and in the world.