PhD Candidates

On 1st of October 2018 a new Higher Education and Science Act came into force. It introduces different than than the previous one approach towards the system of doctoral education. From now on doctoral studies will be organised by institutions called Doctoral Schools. There will be at least four such schools:

  • Doctoral School of Humanities
  • Doctoral School of Social Sciences
  • Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Science
  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral School

First three will accept up to around 100 new students, while Interdisciplinary Doctoral School – 20 students.

This new system offers much more interdisciplinary and research-oriented programme of doctoral studies. PhD students will have much bigger impact on their respective study programmes and will receive a Doctoral scholarship (provided he/she have not been granted with doctoral title yet). With new perspectives come along new obligations, that is why new doctoral students will be subjected to mid-term evaluation of their progress and only after passing it successfully they will be able to continue their studies.

  • The same rules of recruitment apply for Polish and international candidates (interviews with candidates applying to doctoral schools will be held in English language for those who don’t speak Polish fluently)
  • Doctoral schools are free of charge for all participants (including those from outside of the EU)
  • Every doctoral student that doesn’t possess a PhD degree yet receives a doctoral scholarship for the period of maximum 4 years
  • Education in doctoral schools takes 4 years with a possibility of extension by not more than 2 years

Admissions and required documents

Admissions will be based on a contest open to candidates from all over the world. The process shall ensure choosing the best candidates, with the strongest predispositions and motivation to research work.

How to apply?

  1. register to the Internet Registration for Candidates System – IRK
  2. select a doctoral school and check detailed requirements
  3. submit documents in the system

Main documents include:

  • the application generated in IRK system
  • a diploma of completion of the long-cycle Master’s degree programme or second-cycle programme or an equicalent diploma obtained under separate regulations
  • a resumé or curriculum vitae containing information about the candidate’s scientific interests and scientific activity from 1st of October 2014 onwards
  • documents confirming the command of foreign languages and a declaration about the command of English to the extent enabling the education in the Doctoral School
  • a description of the initial research project proposal (6000 characters with spaces + 1000 characters with spaces for bibliography and abstract)
  • a description of the planned supervisor about their willingness to be the candidate’s supervisor
  • 1 photo
  • consent to the processing of personal data for the purposes of the selection procedure.

If you are interested in more detailed description of terms, conditions, and procedure of enrolment for Doctoral Schools at the UW, check the resolution no. 412 of the Senate of the University of Warsaw on this very subject.