The Krystyna Lesiak Endowment Fund for the Professional Development of Graduate and Post-Graduate Students of Polish Heritage.

This endowment will fund awards supporting graduate and post-graduate student research presentations at national or international scientific meetings. Depending on the financial request and available endowment funds, the award will cover fully or partially the payment of registration fees, travel and accommodation costs, and other expenses related to presenting scientific findings relating to the above Statement of Purpose. The aforegoing objectives constitute the rightful activities for which the Krystyna Lesiak Fund has been created.

To be eligible for The Krystyna Lesiak Fund (KLF) Travel Grant program, the potential award recipient
must be:

  • A Polish citizen or of Polish descent.
  • Admitted to a graduate or post-graduate program in Poland or the United States of America, in chemical sciences related to medical research or chemical biology including but not limited to the areas of drug discovery (design, synthesis, bioorganic, medicinal chemistry) and development (biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology).
  • Not more than 5 years after receiving the doctorate, except for special circumstances. The Nominating Committee will give the first priority for approval to the young graduate and post-graduate students however a limited amount of funds is available to award to more experienced scientists under special circumstances. To be eligible an appropriate justification must be provided.
  • Presenting a scientific work in a conference either in the form of a poster or an oral presentation, or has been invited to visit American scientific institutions to establish research collaboration.

Application criteria and forms are available here.


Biography of Dr. Krystyna Lesiak–Watanabe

Krystyna Lesiak-Watanabe was an accomplished scientist but also a great and kind person who always was ready to help others. Every new scientist who came to the NIH area, where she spent most of her research life could count on her help and generosity. She is truly missed by her friends, co-workers and many scientists who had the luck to know her. Krystyna’s husband, Dr. Kyoichi Watanabe wishes to extend this generosity into the future by establishing a scholarship fund in Krystyna’s name to help the young promising scientists of Polish origin to come to the USA and present their research work. See more here.