Who can apply?

Persons who would like to start a four-year doctoral programme in physicalchemicalbiological, or medical sciences from October 2019 and who have obtained an M.Sc. degree, M.Sc. Eng. degree or equivalent (or will get it before October 1, 2019):

  • in physics, chemistry, materials engineering, or related disciplines - in the case of disciplines of physical and chemical sciences,
  • in biology, biotechnology, medicine, pharmacy, chemistry, or related disciplines - in the case of the disciplines of biological and medical sciences.
may apply for admission to WDS IPAS.

In exceptional cases, justified by the highest quality of scientific achievements, applications for admission to the School may be submitted by persons who do not meet the above mentioned requirements, but are graduates of first-cycle studies or who have completed the third year of uniform master's studies in the fields mentioned above.

What is the recruitment process like?

Primary recruitment is carried out through a competition conducted by the Recruitment Committees acting at Doctoral Entities (i.e. ILTSR PAS and HIIET PAS). The basis for accepting a candidate to the School is their position on the ranking list determined by the number of recruitment points obtained and the availability of places in Doctoral Entities.

The Recruitment Committees conduct interviews with the candidates, which consist of:

  • A 10-minute presentation in English of scientific achievements to date, motivation to undertake scientific work and own scientific interests,
  • an interview in Polish or English verifying the knowledge of the chosen discipline; in particular, the candidate's knowledge will be checked:
    • in the discipline of physical sciences - in physics (in particular in the physics of the solid state),
    • in the discipline of chemical sciences - in chemistry (in particular physical chemistry),
    • in the discipline of biological sciences - in biology (in particular in immunology, molecular biology and microbiology)
    • in the discipline of medical sciences - in medical biology (in particular immunology, genetics and microbiology).

    After the interview, the Recruitment Committees award candidates recruitment points (from 0 to 25 points):

    • evaluation of the candidate's previous training course, achievements and predisposition to scientific work based on the documentation provided (from 0 to 10 points),
    • evaluation of the presentation of the applicant (0 to 5 points),
    • assessment of the candidate's knowledge of the discipline (0 to 10 points),
    and then draw up ranking lists for each discipline separately.

    The ranking lists, indicating the minimum number of recruitment points and persons admitted, shall be made public and published on the School's website and in the Public Information Bulletins of Doctoral Entities.

    Should the available number of places be vacant, the School reserves the right to announce and carry out supplementary recruitment in September 2019.

    What documents should I submit?

    Applications for admission to the School must be submitted:

    • in person at the School premises (i.e. at the Secretariat of the Institute of Low Temperatures and Structural Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences at Okólna Street 2 in Wrocław) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
      or
    • by registered mail or courier service (date of receipt of documents at the School's premises decides) to the address: WSD IPAN, ul. Okólna 2, 50-422 Wrocław
      or
    • by e-mail to , the original documents should be however delivered before the beginning of the education (failure to meet this requirement will result in the removal from the list of doctoral students).
    The application should include a filled application form (available at the WDS IPAN web page) and presented in Polish or English:
    • diplomas: diplomas: graduation from Bachelor's (engineering) and Master's (if the latter has already been awarded) studies,
      [in the case of candidates who do not meet this condition: (1) a copy of the diploma of completion of first-cycle or third-year master's degree studies and (2) an application to the School Council for admission to recruitment, including a description of proven scientific achievement of the highest quality],
    • a copy of the complete first-cycle and second-cycle (or long-cycle) applicant's Transcript of Records (or equivalent), or a supplement to the diploma with grades from the entire course of study, or a student grading card from all years of study, certified by the Dean's Office,
    • certificate of knowledge of English at B2 or higher level (does not apply to candidates who have passed the exam finishing the course at this level in the course of their studies),
    • a cover letter indicating the preferred research topic (2-3 indications). List of doctoral projects available may be found here
    • additional documents proving the candidate's suitability for scientific work (list of publications and conference presentations, list of completed courses and postgraduate studies, obtained language certificates, activity in scientific circles, etc.).

    In the case of foreigners who have obtained a professional title at a university outside the European Union, it is additionally required to authenticate documents confirming that the title has been obtained by the diplomatic representation of the Republic of Poland.

    Is it possible to be a doctoral student in a research project?

    In the case of funds coming from external institutions' projects and intended to finance a doctoral scholarship for a doctoral student participating in the project, special recruitment may be announced with the commencement of education from the beginning of the month following the entry into the list of doctoral students. It will be conducted on the basis of the rules described above, however:

    • the calendar of the special recruitment will be announced in advance on the School's website.
    • The Recruitment Committee is joined by the project manager who assigns an additional 0-5 points for the candidate's suitability to perform the tasks provided for in the project.

    Where can I find out more?

    Details of the rules of recruitment can be found here (PDF, 869 kB).
    Detail information on the collection and processing of personal data (GDPR) can be found here (PDF, 279 kB).