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Doctoral School of Social Sciences

Recruitment 2020/2021


  • Head of the Doctoral School of Social Sciences announces the list of persons admitted to the Doctoral School of Social Sciences in the academic year 2020/2021 – link
  • Recruitment coordinator for the Doctoral School of Social Sciences publishes the ranking list of candidates resulting from the recruitment procedure to the Doctoral School of Social Sciences – link
  • Interview schedule (2nd stage) – link
  • The results of the 1st stage of the recruitment procedure 2020/21 – link
  • Recruitment coordinator invites the candidates to an online meeting. During this meeting there will be a possibility to ask questions regarding the recruitment procedure to the Doctoral School. The meeting will take place on a Google Meet platform (meet.google.com/dxz-skcb-pac) on Wednesday June 24th at 4 PM (GMT+1). Attention – Questions regarding the verification of specific documents will not be taken into consideration. The candidates have equal access to information provided on the Doctoral School website and the website of the IRK system.
  • Registration of candidates to the Doctoral School has ended. Recruitment procedure is being continued.
  • IRK registration instruction instruction
  • Template of supervisor’s declaration – declaration form
  • Declaration of the delivery of the diploma at a later date – declaration form
  • Selection teams in the academic year 2020/2021 – Selection teams

General Information

The programme of studies at the Doctoral School of Social Sciences is highly customized, adapted to the interests and research projects of the individual PhD  students and conducted under the guidance of a selected supervisor or supervisiors.  The duration of the programme is eight semesters. The PhD students complete compulsory general university classes, including academic teaching, classes referring to the broadly conceived  scholar’s workshop in social sciences and methodological classes. The choice of the courses is not limited to those  offered by the PhD student’s own discipline. PhD students may choose courses held by lecturers representing other related social sciences disciplines, if they consider it beneficial. For more information please follow the link.

The school recruits in the following disciplines:

  • Economics and Finance – admission limit 13
  • Education – admission limit 5
  • Law – admission limit 25
  • Management and Quality Studies – admission limit 5 
  • Political Science and Public Administration – admission limit 18
  • Psychology – admission limit 9
  • Security Studies – admission limit 4
  • Social and Economic Geography and Spatial Management – admission limit 5
  • Social Communication and Media Studies – admission limit 5
  • Sociology – admission limit 11


Doctoral School of Social Sciences
Krakowskie Przedmieście 1, 00-047 Warsaw
E-mail dedicated to the recruitment process: rekrutacja.ns@uw.edu.pl

Recruitment Coordinator and Selection teams

On the 14th of May 2020 the Head of the Doctoral School of Social Sciences appointed selection teams for particular disciplines for the purpose of selecting candidates recommended to be admitted to the School.

Selection teams

Recruitment coordinator for SDNS in the academic year 2020/2021 is mgr Michał Goszczyński

Recruitment schedule

  • Registration in the Internet Recruitment of Candidates, referred to as “IRK”, submission of an application in the IRK for admission to the Doctoral School of Social Sciences: 5 May – 28 June 2020;

recruitment procedure

  • 1st stage of the recruitment procedure: 1-7 July, 2020,
  • publication of the results of the 1st stage of the recruitment procedure: 9 July 2020,
  • publication of the interview schedule (2nd stage): 9 July 2020,
  • 2nd stage of the recruitment procedure: 17 – 24 July 2020,
  • publication of the ranking list: until 28 July 2020,
  • reception of documents from the qualified candidates: 28 July – 18 September, 2020,
  • announcement of the list of persons admitted to the School: 21 September 2020.

Notice! Due to the epidemiological situation, the above schedule may be subject to change. The relevant information will be posted on the website and in IRK.

For more information please follow the link: Rector’s resolution (in Polish)

Required documents

The candidate shall submit the application for admission to the School only in IRK. It shall include:

  • the application for admission to the School stating the discipline in which the candidate plans to pursue education;
  • scan of a diploma of completion of the long-cycle Master’s degree programme or second-cycle programme or an equivalent diploma obtained under separate regulations or –in the case of candidates pursuing education within the European Higher Education Areas –a declaration that the diploma or certificate of obtaining a Master’s degree shall be provided by 18 September 2020 (Declaration of the delivery of the diploma at a later date);
  • a description of the initial research project proposal, which comprises no more than 14,000 characters including spaces; the description shall contain the bibliography that is not included in the character limit;
  • a resumé or curriculum vitae containing information about scientific activities, including scientific interests and scientific achievements during five calendar years preceding the submission of the application;
  • scans of materials confirming scientific activities referred to in the resumé or CV; no more than two complete scans of articles or chapters in joint publications, considered the most important; other candidate’s publications shall be confirmed with scans of title pages;
  • declaration about the command of English to the extent enabling the education in the School;
  • a scan of the declaration of the supervisor candidate about their willingness to be the candidate’s supervisor and the number of doctoral students, for whom they are appointed as the supervisor; declaration form
  • one photograph of the candidate’s face, allowing their identification;
  • 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;
  • declaration on familiarising themselves with the content of the Resolution, as well as Article 40 and Article 41 of the Code of Administrative Procedure.

Form of the selection process and the number of points that can be obtained

Two-stage process:

  • Stage I: evaluation of the research project and scientific activities of the candidate;
  • Stage II: interview.

Maximum number of points that can be obtained in the selection procedure – 100 points:

  • Stage I – 60 points (the number of points needed to qualify to stage II – 30 points).
  • Stage II – 40 points.

Evaluation criteria and method

  • Research project (maximum number of points – 40)

When evaluating the project, the following shall be taken into account:

– definition of the research problem, e.g. objective, research questions, hypotheses (0-10 points);
– appropriateness of the proposed methods (0-10 points);
– setting the project in the context of existing research and knowledge of literaturę (0-10 points);
– originality of the proposed issues and methodology (0-10 points).

  • Scientific activity of the candidate (maximum number of points – 20)

When evaluating scientific activity, the following elements, confirmed with scans, shall be taken into account:

– active participation in scientific conferences, e.g. paper presentation, poster presentation (0-4 points);
– participation in research projects (0-5 points);
– scientific and popular science publications (0-6 points);
– science-related organisational activities, e.g. involvement in scientific associations, organisation of conferences (0-2 points);
– academic internships, scholarships, awards received in connection with scientific activities (0-3 points).

In the case of multi-author achievements, the percentage share of the candidate in the achievement must be defined.

  • Interview (maximum number of points – 40)

The following shall be taken into account when evaluating the interview:

– evaluation of the quality of the research project discussion (0-20 points);
– knowledge of the subject, substantive knowledge, linguistic correctness and the ability to use a scientific language appropriate for the discipline in which the education is to be provided (0-20 points).

The interview shall be carried out in Polish with parts in English or fully in English – in accordance with the candidate’s preferences presented in IRK.

Condition of admission to the School

Obtaining at least 50 points in the whole selection process, including at least 30 points in stage I and at least 20 points in stage II of the selection process.


It is worth starting the recruitment process to a Doctoral School at the University of Warsaw by finding a supervisor, who will be willing to provide care for the doctoral student  and perform scientific supervision over their research project. The name of the supervisor  and the scan of their declaration about their willingness to be the candidate’s supervisor shall be submitted in IRK.

In order to find a supervisor, candidates for the Doctoral Schools are encouraged to search through the database of supervisors available  here. The database contains the list of University of Warsaw researchers, who are willing to perform the function of the dissertation supervisor.

The candidates are also encouraged to consult the websites of the University of Warsaw faculties and academic units for the information on academic teachers conducting their research.


The doctoral student shall receive the doctoral scholarship during the period of education. The scholarship will amount to PLN 2371,70 during the first two years of studies (before the mid-term assessment) and 3653,70 during the two years following the mid-term assessment. The suplement for persons with disabilities amounts to PLN 711,51.

The mandatory contributions are deducted from the scholarship. The scholarship is reduced by app. 11%.

Notice! The amounts specified above may be subject to change if the Ministry of Science and Higher Education decides to announce a new base rate.

Important links

Resolution no 500 of the Senate of the University of Warsaw of 22 January 2020 on the rules of recruitment for Doctoral Schools at the University of Warsaw in the 2020/2021 academic year – resolution no 500 (amendment 1) (amendment 2) (amendment 3)  (amendments are in Polish)

Internet Recruitment of Candidates – irk.uw.edu.pl

Recruitment for research projects – link