Do I need to speak Polish to apply?
No, the interview could be conducted either in English or in Polish. You can also do your future doctoral research and class work in English, in Polish, or in another language pertinent to the research field of your interest (for instance Russian, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Serbian, etc.). Good command of English, however, is obligatory for all participants of the Program.
Will I be able to write my dissertation in the language of my choice?
You will choose the language of your doctoral dissertation in consultation with your PhD Advisor.
What discipline of knowledge should my PhD Advisor represent?
Your PhD Advisor must represent one of the disciplines in the humanities or social sciences that are the most pertinent to the topic of your dissertation. If needed you will be invited to collaborate with a co-Advisor who represents another discipline in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences or exact sciences.
Will my potential PhD Advisor be present during the interview?
Is a videoconferencing (Skype) interview less valued than a face-to-face interview (i.e. when I am physically present in Warsaw)?
No. Both a videoconferencing interview and a face-to-face interview are valued equally. If you opt for a Skype interview, please make sure to have a reliable connection for the interview and to be in a place free of background noise.
If I apply for one of the research teams of the Program, will I be able to further redefine the planned subject of the dissertation?
Yes. The research teams which are part of our Program are not to be understood as final formulations of the topics of future dissertations. After choosing one of the research teams you will be required to progressively define the specific topic of your dissertation in consultation with your PhD Advisor.
Is the acceptance to the program equivalent to the admission for doctoral studies at Faculty of “Artes Liberales” (WAL), with all the rights and privileges ensuing from the rules and regulations of the University of Warsaw?
If I am already a doctoral student in Poland or in another country, will I have to withdraw from these studies once I am admitted to the International PhD Program “Nature – Culture” at Faculty of “Artes Liberales” UW?
Yes, unless you plan to write two separate dissertations.
If I already receive another stipend (grant, bursary) in Poland or in another country, will I have to discontinue receiving this stipend once I am admitted to the International PhD Program “Nature – Culture” at Faculty of “Artes Liberales” UW?
No, unless your other stipend compels you to undertake an activity which would interfere with your research and work within the International PhD Program “Nature – Culture” at Faculty of “Artes Liberales” UW.
If I participate in the Program, do I have to move to Warsaw, or can I live in another city in Poland or beyond its borders?
The place of your permanent residence is of no concern to the Program. It is your full and active participation in the Program activities that is of utmost importance.
Will a doctoral student from outside of Poland receive a stipend during his or her stay in his or her own country, or only during the stay in Poland?
You will receive a stipend regardless of your country of residence or origin, or of your citizenship, and for as long as you fulfil all your obligations as a doctoral student in the Program.
Does the International PhD Program provide accommodation during stays in Warsaw?
The Program does not provide accommodation. However, as a doctoral student of the University of Warsaw you will be able to take advantage of social services of the University that are qualified to assist you in finding a place to stay.
Where can I go for my month research at one of the partner institutions of the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”?
You can spend your month of research outside of Poland at any partner institution provided that your choice is accepted by your PhD Advisor.