EURAXESS Centre in Krakow (ENGLISH)

EURAXESS Centre in Krakow (Poland)
Province (voivodeships): Małopolska Region (Lesser Poland; capital - Krakow) and Podkarpackie Region (Subcarpathia; capital - Rzeszow)


EURAXESS Centre in Krakow is a part of EURAXESS European network, which supports mobility and development of researchers' career. Presently, there are almost 500 Centres in different countries. There are 10 such Centres operating in Poland.




Table of contents:

1. EURAXESS Centre in Krakow (Poland)

2. Contact details


4. Małopolska and Podkarpackie Region





1. EURAXESS Centre in Krakow (Poland)

EURAXESS Centre in Krakow aims to support foreign researchers wishing to come to Małopolska and Podkarpackie region, as well as their potential employers. The support includes:

- information on research funding in Poland: fellowships, trainings for researchers, individual grants,

- information and assistance in administrative and legal matters relating to the employment of researchers in Poland:

  • visas, residence & work permits,
  • social security,  health care,
  • accommodation,
  • intellectual property rights,
  • taxation, salaries

and other formalities related to your research stay in Poland.



2. EURAXESS Centre in Krakow Contact details

Dawid Gacek

tel.: +48 12 628 25 88



Irena Śliwińska

tel.: +48 12 628 26 60



Technology Transfer Centre Cracow University of Technology

ul. Warszawska 24, 31-155 Kraków

Building 10-36 ("Galeria Gil")

I floor, 102 room




3. Portal EURAXESS Poland


EURAXESS Poland Portal consists of the following parts:



Here you will find hundreds of job & funding offers available in Europe, including Poland



In this section you can search for partners for your research activities or international projects among hundreds of registered scientists and organisations



In this bookmark you will find practical information related to your arrival and research stay in Poland (entry conditions, legalization of stay, healthcare, taxation in Poland, etc.)



Information on research landscape, scientific institutions, staff and funding in Poland




Contact details to 10 EURAXESS Centres in Poland.


LOGIN / REGISTER – you can create your researcher’s profile to look for scientific jobs, funding, hosting offers or other collaboration opportunities in Europe

You can also go to the European EURAXESS webpage created by the European Commission. There, you can find contact details of EURAXESS Network in 40 different countries, which may be useful when going abroad.


4. Małopolska and Podkarpackie Region


Malopolska Region

Area: 15,108 sq km

Population: 3,406 thousand

Main town: Kraków

Major towns: Nowy Sącz, Tarnów



Malopolska Region is one of the most dynamically developing regions in Poland and Central Europe. It is located at the crossroads between the West (Austria, Germany) and the East (Ukraine), North (Scandinavia) and the South (Slovakia, Hungary), has unique advantages and attracts 8-10 million tourists each year, new investments and young people studying at Malopolska universities.


The Region has approximately 3.2 million inhabitants and covers the area of 15.2 thousand square kilometres. The capital of Malopolska is historic Krakow (over 756 thousand inhabitants, the second largest city in Poland) - the cradle of the Polish state. The city is the home for more than 200 thousand students. Tourists admire the Wawel Royal Castle, the historic Old Town, the vibrant with life the Kazimierz district, museums, galleries, theatres and music stages. Krakow Airport, the second largest in Poland, supports approximately 3.5 million passengers each year, offers direct flights to the majority of European countries.


From Krakow, the roads lead to other urban centers of the region - Tarnow (over 115 thousand inhabitants), which is known among others from the well-developed chemical industry, to Nowy Sacz (over 85 thousand inhabitants), which is the headquarter of numerous companies operating in the building materials branch, food processing and machine industry. Zakopane, Polish capital of winter sports and tourism, is located south of Krakow, in the heart of the Tatra Mountains - the most beautiful range of Polish mountains. Approximately 8 million people live within the 100 kilometres range of Krakow, what demonstrates the huge potential of the internal market.


Malopolska Region strongly cares about the natural environment protection. There are 6 national parks, numerous landscape parks and protected areas. As many as 8 historical sites in the Malopolska Region (including the Old Town of Krakow, Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp) have been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Malopolska is also the traditionally a place visited by the amateurs of winter sports, climbing, mountain hiking, biking and water tourism. Visitors can enjoy a golf fields, canoe tracks and horse farms.



One of the main assets of Malopolska is the potential of human resources. Over 10% of the region population has a university degree. 13% of Polish scientists work at Malopolska universities. The spending for R&D sector placed the region on the second position in Poland. The research of Malopolska students competition indicated that 65% of young people can speak English, besides well-known: German, Russian and French. 33 Malopolska’s universities educate staff in the field of technical sciences, economy, medicine, humanities. Malopolska produces 7.3% of Polish GDP (2010) and GDP per capita amounts to 8 thousand EUR. The value of direct foreign investments in Malopolska Region (2011) is 1.1 billion USD.





Locations of foreigner service centres in Małopolska (Foreigners' Affairs Unit):




Basic info for foreigners in Krakow:



Podkarpackie Region

Area: 17 845 sq km

Population: 2097.3 thousand,
-incl. urban population: 40,6%

Main town: Rzeszów
Major towns: Przemyśl, Stalowa Wola, Mielec, Tarnobrzeg, Krosno



Podkarpackie Region is situated in south-eastern Poland, sharing its border with Ukraine and Slovakia. To the west, it is bordered by Małopolskie Voivodeship, to the north-west by Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, and to the north-east by Lubelskie Voivodeship. The region is the outer border of the European Union.Unspoilt nature and beautiful landscapes of the Bieszczady Mountains are its greatest value and make Podkarpackie one of the most popular holiday destinations in Poland.


Podkarpackie is one of the least densely populated voivodeships because of the mountainous landform. Various species of flora can be found all over the region. The area under protection is 20% larger than that of the national average.The Bieszczadzki National Park is inscribed on the UNESCO Cultural and Natural Heritage List. One can take part in photo safari and see bears, lynxes, aurochs and beavers. In addition, there are 10 landscape parks, 17 areas of protected landscape and 71 nature reserves in the region. The number of agrotouristic farms is rising and production of organic food is becoming bigger and bigger. Podkarpackie can be proud of the wealth of picturesque spas such as Iwonicz Spa, Rymanów Spa or Polańczyk. Solińskie Lake, the largest of Polish artificial lakes, is an ideal water sports resort with several sailing clubs. A lot of tourist theme routes have been arranged to promote walking tours in the region. Bicycle routes of different lengths and various levels of difficulty also cover large areas.


Another attraction of the region is existing of religious and secular remains associated with centuries-old coexistence of Polish, Jewish and Ukrainian communities. A multicultural tourist route lead through 175 sites, where one can admire wooden churches, palaces and mansion houses. The most precious pearl of the voivodeship is Łańcut Palace, one of the most superbly preserved magnate residences in Poland. The Renaissance palaces in Baranów Sandomierski and Krasiczyn are also worth mentioning.


Two special economic zones, set up to stimulate economic activity, have been operating in Podkarpackie for several years: Europark Wisłosan Special Economic Zone in Tarnobrzeg and Europark Mielec Special Economic Zone, which was the first zone of this kind to be established in Poland. The zones have activated the region’s economy and thus contributed to a higher level of employment.


Podkarpacki Science and Technology Park has created an opportunity for cooperation among scientists and entrepreneurs, which encourages innovation and helps in transferring new technologies.The aim of Aviation Valley- which denotes the aircraft industry and research centres- is to transform Podkarpackie into a leading European aviation region.


At present, there are six border crossings with Ukraine: the railway border crossings in Medyka, Krościenko and Werchrata, and the road border crossings in Korczowa, Medyka and Krościenk. On the border with Slovakia, the road border crossings are in Roztoki Górne, Balnica, Radoszy Jaśliska, Barwinek and Ożenna; the railway border crossings are in Łupków and Czeremcha.



Advantages of the Podkarpackie Province

- location within close proximity to the developing markets of Central and Eastern Europe
- the eastern border of the European Union
- Special Economic Zones and Technology Parks – business-friendly locations
- training facilities and scientific support provided by the local universities
- technical advancement in electrical and mechanical engineering as well as the chemical industry
- fast growing aviation industry, e.g. The Aviation Valley Association
- favorable population structure that promotes economic growth
- highly qualified workers and relatively low labour costs
- competitive industrial land prices
- comprehensive transportation system (road, railway and airway connections)


High potential sectors

Aerospace Industry

- 90% of the total Polish aerospace industry output

- The Aviation Valley Association (in operation since 2004) is a group of aviation entrepreneurs comprising of 76 members including 73 companies

- numerous research and scientific centres

- the cradle of Polish aviation (over 70 years of history in the aircraft industry), e.g. „PZL – Świdnik”, „PZL – Mielec”, WSK „PZL – Krosno”, WSK „PZL Rzeszów” – factories that originated at the beginning of the 1950s

Computer Science

- ASSECO Poland – regional IT industry leader and one of Poland’s leading suppliers of software products

- smaller companies providing comprehensive IT solutions for medium and big enterprises (mostly created by the graduates of Rzeszów University of Technology)

- agglomeration of 30 companies that cater for the sale of computer equipment, designing software products and computer network installation, among others (the companies cooperate with vocational secondary schools and universities in order to raise staff qualifications and embark on innovative research projects in the field of IT).




the Podkarpackie Voivodeship Office:

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