PhD Candidates

Since a new Higher Education and Science Act came into force on 1st of October 2018, doctoral studies have been organised by institutions called Doctoral School. There are four such schools at our University:

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

First three accept up to around 100 new students, while Interdisciplinary Doctoral School – 20 students + 10 students of Quantitative Psychology and Economics (QPE) programme.

This system offers interdisciplinary and research-oriented programme of doctoral studies. PhD students have big impact on their respective study programmes and receive a Doctoral scholarship (provided he/she have not been granted with doctoral title yet). However with the perspectives come along obligations, that is why doctoral students are subjected to mid-term evaluation of their progress and only after passing it successfully they are 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 is 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 during five calendar years preceding the submission of the application
  • scans of materials confirming scientific activities referred to in the resumé or CV
  • 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 (at least at B2 level)
  • 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
  • declaration on familiarising themselves with the content of the Resolution, as well as Article 40 and Article 41 of the Code of Administrative Procedure,
  • declaration whether the candidate is or was a doctoral student or participant of doctoral studies and if yes – title of doctoral dissertation or the research project prepared by the candidate, as well as first name and surname of the academic tutor or the supervisor.

If you are interested in more detailed description of terms, conditions, and procedure of enrollment for Doctoral Schools at the UW, check the resolution of the Senate of the University of Warsaw on this very subject. The translation of the document is in progress and will be made available here in due course.

Recruitment schedule for the academic year 2021/2022