Complementary recruitment 2019/2020

Recruitment to the GeoPlanet Doctoral School is carried out in the form of the competition.

A person who has a master's degree, a master's degree in engineering or an equivalent degree may apply for the Doctoral School.

The candidate should:

  • select a research topic from the list below and contact with a potential supervisor.

Recruitment begins on 20th November, 2019 and ends on 31st December, 2019.

Documents should be sent in electronic form in one PDF file (by e-mail) only to the address:


Required documents:

  1. Application to the doctoral school with the agreement for the processing of personal data for the purposes of the recruitment and the information that the candidate has accepted the Recruitment Regulations for the GeoPlanet Doctoral School. Application to the DS GeoPlanet
  2. A copy of the master's diploma or a certificate of the completion of the master studies.

Note: If the candidate does not have the abovementioned documents, she/he is expected to provide them before the admission to the doctoral school.

  1. A list of the university marks obtained during the first and second degree studies or a list of marks obtained during the master's studies.
  2. A curriculum vitae completed by the information about the education and employment career. CV form
  3. A cover letter containing a short description of scientific interests, scientific achievements, list of publications, information on involvement in scientific activity (membership in university scientific associations, participation in scientific conferences, internships and trainings, awards and distinctions) and justification of the decision to undertake education in the Doctoral School. A cover letter form
  4. Certificates or other documents proving the level of English proficiency, if the candidate possesses them.
  5. At least one recommendation letter from the current academic supervisor or other academic staff about the candidate's current scientific activity.


Note: Please do not sent any extra documents! Documents should be sent in one PDF file in the order as above (1-7). The documents sent in other form will not be considered by the recruitment committee.


The recruitment process consists of two stages:

Stage 1 - evaluation of the provided documents

  • scientific achievements of the candidate (0-5 points) based on university marks, scientific and pop-science publications, patent applications, awards and distinctions resulting from scientific research or student activity, scholarships;
  • candidate's scientific and professional experience (0-5 points) based on participation in conferences, workshops, training and internships, participation in research and commercial projects, involvement in societies and research clubs.

The candidate must obtain 6 points minimum in the first stage, so to be qualified for the second stage.

Stage 2 - an interview evaluated by the recruitment committee

  • candidate's knowledge of the discipline represented by the Institute (0-3 points);
  • knowledge of the subject within the selected research topic chosen by the candidate (0-3 points);
  • motivation and predisposition to the scientific work (0-4 points).

Candidates who obtain in total 10 points at maximum will not be accepted.

The Institute will inform candidates about the results within 14 days from the day of the last interview.

If the number of candidates admitted to the Doctoral School proves smaller than expected by the date of the end of the recruitment, the Institute will announce the supplementary recruitment.


Please note, that the financial conditions offered in the recruitment ads are regular scholarships at this stage of the scientific career in Poland.

The Institute of Geophysics will pay the successful candidate the basic scholarship of 2100 PLN (Polish zloty) per month (ca. 500 USD) - value after tax. After two years of the studies the basic scholarship will rise to 3200 PLN (value after tax), provided that you pass the mid-term evaluation (see the regulations attached).

The best students from abroad may apply for the special scholarship of 5000 PLN (value BEFORE tax = ca. 3700 PLN after tax) monthly that according to the regulations will be awarded by the special committee in February 2020. This scholarship is awarded every year, which means that every year all foreign students have an equal chance to obtain this scholarship. In case of success, the basic scholarship is cancelled and only the special scholarship (higher after tax) will be paid (one cannot obtain two scholarships at the same time).

Apart from basic and special scholarship there is a variety of possibilities to increase the amount of your scholarship by applying for internal and external grants. Please discuss this issue with your supervisor.

Please be aware that the Institute of Geophysics does not participate in costs of your relocation to Poland and settling down here. Therefore you should be financially prepared to cover the travelling costs, renting a flat/room and for living for a few weeks until first money will top up your Polish account (we try to be as fast as possible, but we cannot overcome unexpected administrative problems).

To estimate the rough living costs in Warsaw, please refer to "Doctoral School Student's Guide" (doctoral-school-students-guide-en-php).


For additional information contact:

Dr hab. inż. Krzysztof Kochanek - The Coordinator of the GeoPlanet Doctoral School in the Institute of Geophysics, PAS

Anna Cygan - The Head of Research Office