Doctoral School of the School of Humanities is an umbrella-institution that coordinates doctoral education in the Humanities at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, a comprehensive Polish research university. Covering a wide set of disciplines, from archaeology, cultural and religious studies, philosophy, history, history of art to philosophy and theology, the Doctoral School prepares its candidates to conduct cutting-edge research at an international level. Our doctoral students are offered a comprehensive training in all the practical aspects of academic work from teaching competences, academic writing and presentation skills to academic career management expertise.
Doctoral students have the opportunity to receive substantive support from prestigious researchers to shape international scientific discourse, publish in leading scientific journals such as Nature, Research Evaluation or Higher Education, and publish books in Routledge class publications.
The Faculty of Philosophy is a world-class research centre allowing doctoral students to immerse into the world of science and international research projects related to humanities and social sciences (research on communication, political philosophy, and history of philosophy or philosophy of science).
Schedule of the Doctoral School enrolment procedure
Registration in the Online Candidate Registration system (IRK) - 22 - 26 August, 2022
Submission of documents: 22 - 26 August, 2022
Selection procedure: 7 - 13 September, 2022
Announcement of the list of admitted candidates: 23 September, 2022,
The recruitment fee is 75 EUR.
Form of the selection procedure
Language of the selection procedure, including interviews:
Polish or English language.
1) a printed and signed registration form downloaded from the Online Candidate Registration (IRK) system;
2) a statement confirming that they are not commencing education in another doctoral school and that they have a doctoral degree;
3) a cover letter along with an indication of the scientific discipline in which they would like to obtain a doctoral degree;
4) CV and statement of documented accomplishments with an indication of the accomplishments to be evaluated by the selection committee:
a) up to 3 accomplishments - in the case of scientific achievements;
b) up to 3 accomplishments – in the case of other achievements
- in accordance with the criteria specified in §10;
5) a proposal of a unique research project with bibliography prepared for the purposes of the admission (up to 8 pages of standard typescript, max. 5,000 characters with spaces);
6) an official copy (odpis) of the university diploma, confirming the attainment of second-cycle qualifications, and in case of graduates from the academic year 2021/2022 - a certificate confirming the attainment of second-cycle qualifications. In case of candidates who apply for admission to the doctoral school on the basis of the highest quality of scientific achievement, the following shall be required, respectively: in the case of graduates of first cycle studies – a diploma confirming completion of first cycle studies with supplement and in the case of students who have completed three years of the uniform five-year master’s studies – a certificate confirming the grade average for years 1-3 of their studies together with the transcript;
7) a diploma supplement (in the case of two cycle studies - a supplement attached to the diploma of first cycle studies and a supplement attached to the diploma of second cycle studies);
8) one colour 35 mm x 45 mm photograph;
9) confirmation of payment of the admission fee.
1. Candidates who have obtained the necessary education outside the territory of the Republic of Poland, shall additionally submit:
1) a photocopy of a document which confirms their education, certified to be a true copy of the original document, i.e. a diploma with a supplement confirming completion of first cycle studies (Bachelor degree) and a diploma with a supplement confirming completion of second cycle studies (Master degree, MSc, MA) in the original language and in a certified translation into English or into Polish,
2) a photocopy of their passport.
1) the grade awarded for the diploma of the second cycle studies or single cycle five year master’s studies - maximum 10 points; in the case of candidates who seek admission on the basis of superior academic achievements ("Diamond Grant", "Pearls of Science") - 10 points;
2) evaluation of the candidate's scientific activity and scientific achievements; the candidate indicates for evaluation up to three documented scientific achievements, in accordance with the achievement criteria adopted by the selection committee for a given discipline - maximum 15 points;
3) evaluation of the candidate's other documented activity, based on a maximum of three achievements consistent with the achievement criteria adopted by the selection committee for a given discipline - maximum 5 points
4) the result of the interview, with the scope of the interview including:
a) the candidate's knowledge and competencies relevant to the planned research and appropriate to the indicated scientific discipline,
b) elements of research methodology appropriate for the discipline indicated.
No more than 50 points can be awarded for the interview; the maximum duration of the interview is 30 minutes.
5) evaluation of the research project prepared and submitted for assessment to the selection committee (maximum 20 points), with particular emphasis on:
a) the ability to formulate the research objective and present the research problem;
b) research idea and the ability to propose a solution;
c) methodology appropriate to the discipline indicated;
d) knowledge of the state of research with a basic bibliography.
Condition of admission to the Doctoral School
Education at the doctoral school lasts 8 semesters. Education at the Doctoral School is offered on the basis of a framework curriculum and an individual research plan and ends with the submission of a doctoral dissertation.
The framework curriculum at the doctoral school includes a catalogue of modules of compulsory classes, elective compulsory classes and optional classes. It also:
1) defines their schedule
2) defines the way in which the classes are taught
3) defines how learning outcomes are verified.
Education begins on 1 October, 2022.
A doctoral student works under the supervision of a supervisor or supervisors, or a supervisor and auxiliary supervisor, who will be appointed by the Deputy Rector at the request of a doctoral student (within 3 months of the start of his or her studies at the Doctoral School).
Each doctoral student receives a scholarship in the amount of PLN 2371.70 for the first two years of studies (before the mid-term evaluation) and PLN 3653.70 for two years following mid-term evaluation (maximum 4 years). Disability allowance: PLN 711.51.
The amount should be reduced by 11,26% due to ZUS (social insurance) contributions.
Rules of admission to doctoral schools of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań in the academic year 2022/2023, Appendix to Resolution No. 181/2021/2022 of UAM Senate of 31st January 2022.