I am a #Fulbrighter: Zuzanna Jarzyńska

Zuzanna Jarzyńska

Zuzanna Jarzyńska

– I plan to spend next year studying Urban Design, says Zuzanna Jarzyńska from the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology, a winner of the Fulbright Graduate Student Award 2020-21.

The Fulbright Graduate Student Award is granted to those interested in starting a Master’s degree program or a doctoral program in the United States. The award funds the first year of studies with an optional extension for a further year.

Zuzanna Jarzyńska will study for a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Columbia, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

During her stay, Zuzanna Jarzyńska will focus on Urban Design. — This concept is rather narrowly understood in Poland, that is as a discipline dealing with the design of public spaces, work on a scale between architecture and urban planning, says the Fulbright scholarship recipient. — The practice at American universities includes intensely interdisciplinary theoretical, analytical and design work, which does not always end in physical intervention. During my scholarship, I hope to undertake work on issues different from the familiar Polish urban planning contexts.

— I had known about the scholarship for a long time, I associated it with visiting professors schemes and considerable prestige, admits Zuzanna Jarzyńska. — Only recently (definitely too late!) did I learn about the existence of a program supporting students leaving to study for Master’s and doctoral studies abroad. I submitted the application after carefully planning where and what I would like to do, so, above all, the scholarship allows me to implement my previously thought-out plans. 


The Fulbright Program is the largest academic and cultural exchange program of the United States. For over 70 years, it has supported cooperation for the development of science, culture, and interpersonal, as well as inter-institutional relations between the United States and over 160 countries. The Fulbright Program is a two-way street, funding scientific visits of Polish students, researchers and teaching staff to the United States to support their promising projects. It also enables visits Poland, also for a scientific stay.