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Doctoral School of Humanities

Recruitment 2020/2021


  • 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 Doctoral School of Humanities at the University of Warsaw offers the candidates an attractive education program and support at all the stages of their research leading to the award of the doctoral degree. Furthermore, the School offers an interdisciplinary cooperation network, thus creating conditions for the professional development of the PhD students.

The education at the Doctoral School of Humanities will enable the PhD students to acquire new knowledge and skills, not only within the discipline of their choice. During the first semesters PhD students will be equipped with, among other things, the skills in the area of academic teaching. They will also get suport in drafting grant applications. Moreover, they will be able to participate in the lectures given by outstanding experts, including international guests.

The school recruits in the following disciplines:

  • Archaeology – admission limit 7
  • Arts studies – admission limit 6
  • Culture and Religion Studies – admission limit 12
  • History – admission limit 16
  • Linguistics – admission limit 23
  • Literary studies – admission limit 25
  • Philosophy – admission limit 11


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

Recruitment Coordinator and Selection teams

On the 15th of May 2020 the Head of the Doctoral School of Humanities appointed selection teams for particular disciplines and their members for the purposes of carrying out the selection process and selecting candidates recommended to be admitted to the School.

Selection teams

Recruitment coordinator for SDNH in the academic year 2020/2021 is mgr Przemysław Iżycki

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 Humanities: 5 May – 28 June, 2020;
  • Recruitment procedure
    a) 1st stage of the recruitment procedure: 1-14 July, 2020,
    b) publication of the results of the 1 st stage of the recruitment procedure: 16 July 2020,
    c) publication of the interview schedule (2nd stage): 17 July 2020,
    d) 2nd stage of the recruitment procedure: 27 July – 5 August 2020,
    e) publication of the ranking list: 10 August 2020,
    f) reception of documents from qualified candidates: 10 August – 18 September, 2020,
    g) 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.

More information: 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 6,000 characters including spacess, together with a summary of the research project of no more than 1,000 characters with 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 (at least at B2 level) and documents confirming the command of foreign languages;
  • 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

  • Preliminary evaluation of the research project (maximum number of points – 40)

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

  • objective of the research (0-10 points);
  • novelty and originality of the research project (0–10 points);
  • methodology appropriate for the objective, consistency of argumentation, clarity of reasoning (0-10 points);
  • state of the art and the bibliography relevant to achieving the research objective (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:

  • publications, including scientific articles, chapters in multi-author monographs, own monographs, publications in peer-reviewed international conference materials (0-8 points);
  • speeches at national and international scientific conferences with the accepted paper (0-8 points);
  • other elements of evaluation of the candidate’s experience and scientific achievements, such as awards, distinctions, certificates, professional experience, teaching experience, activities in students’ scientific societies, science popularisation, etc. (0-4 points).
  • Interview (maximum number of points – 40)

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

  • the candidate’s competence important from the perspective of conducted research (0-20 points);
  • justification of the appropriateness of the choice of discipline for the proposed research problems and methods (0-10 point);
  • outline of the research plan (0-10 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