How to Apply


Are welcome to apply:

Candidates of any nationality, who:

  • have a Master’s degree (MA, MSc) documented by a diploma or by a temporary certificate delivered by the University prior to issuing a diploma; or have an equivalent (i.e. a second degree) of a MA degree in any discipline of arts, humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences, such as: history, history of science, philosophy, philology, gender studies, media and specifically film studies, theater studies, cultural studies, theatre, classics, Polish, English, French, Greek, Italian, Spanish Studies, law, theology and religious studies, Slavic Studies, Balkan Studies, literary studies, cultural studies, animal studies, anthrozoology, ethnography and anthropology, art history, art, architecture, sociology, psychology, linguistics, gender studies, theology, as well as biology, physics, mathematics, astronomy, computer science, ecology, geology, chemistry.
  • have an excellent grades average (GPA)
  • are able to communicate both in spoken and written English with ease
  • can demonstrate high commitment and motivation for scholarly work

Application deadline: 

The applicants should register through University of Warsaw Registration web page:

Applications materials must be electronically submitted no later than October 2, 2018 to: with hard copies send to:

The Application Materials:

The Candidate should provide the following documents in English:

  1. A letter of intent stating the candidate’s reasons for engaging in PhD work. The letter of intent should demonstrate the candidate’s commitment for research, as well as his or her ability to conceptualize and clearly present the scholarly questions of his or her interest.
  2. The PhD dissertation project, which includes:
    • The projected title of your dissertation
    • The main question your dissertation will address and/or the main thesis you it will defend
    • A justification why this question is important in regards to the disciplines involved in your research and in regard to the current stage of research on the topic addressed in your dissertation
    • A short presentation of the stages through which you would like to conduct your argumentation
    • A plan of your dissertation (as detailed as possible)
    • A short bibliography of primary and secondary sources
    • Your Dissertation Project should have about 2,000 words (and certainly no more than 3,000 words) and be as informative, concrete and precise as possible
  3. CV (in English) which includes:
    • The description of the candidate’s educational and possibly professional career.
    • A list of awards and scholarships earned (if any)
    • A list of conferences and symposia attended (as an organizer; a speaker, or a member of the audience – please specify the character of your participation); a list of research programs in which the candidate has taken part; 
    • A list of publications (if any)
    • A list of scholarly organizations of which the candidate is a member (incl. students’ organizations) (if any)
    • A list of languages mastered (with the specification of passive/active knowledge, as well as the level of competency)
  4. Proof of competency in the languages required for the research topic chosen by the candidate (e.g.: Italian, French, Greek, Russian, Latin, Bulgarian etc.). Such proof may be provided by a university diploma; or the results of tests or exams administered by a recognized teaching institution; or the proof of previous schooling in a given language. If no formal proof of such competency is available, part of the admission interview will be devoted to testing the linguistic competency in the language required for the research topic chosen by the candidate.
  5. Copy of the transcript (wykaz ocen/supplement) of completed MA or equivalent studies, with the overall GPA (the average of grades earned during the candidate’s MA studies), as well as grades earned for the MA thesis and/or exam.
  6. Copy of the MA diploma or of a temporary certificate delivered by the University prior to issuing an MA diploma
  7. Sample of original written work not exceeding 15 pages (a paper from a seminar, or a chapter of the MA thesis, or an article, etc.; written in Polish, in English, or in any other language which is relevant to the declared topic of research).
  8. Certificate of disability (if applicable)
  9. Consent regarding the handling of personal data by the University of Warsaw
  10. At least 2 signed letters of recommendation directly submitted by the recommender as e-mail attachments no later than October 2, 2018 to: 

Effective letters should:

  • Be precise and concrete, and at least one page long
  • Specify for how long and in what capacity the author of the letter has known the candidate
  • Describe in some detail and evaluate the candidate’s academic work, especially the candidate’s scholarly research. It should help the Committee to understand the candidate’s intellectual strengths and weaknesses, the significance of his or her academic work, and possibly the contribution of his or her research
  • Describe the candidate’s personality, work habits, and his or her ability to engage in team work
  • Compare the candidate with other students of his or her cohort

Format of delivery of the application materials:

The attachments should be sent only as MS WORD or PDF.

The attachments should be named as follows: candidate’s surname_the number of document. 


  1. Letter of intent in English - kowalska_1
  2. PhD dissertation project - kowalska_2
  3. CV in English - kowalska_3
  4. Proof of linguistic competency:
    • English - kowalska_4a
    • Language x - kowalska_4b
    • Language y - etc …
  5. Copy of the transcript (wykaz ocen/supplement) of completed MA or equivalent studies - kowalska_5
  6. Copy of MA diploma - kowalska_6
  7. Sample of original written work - kowalska_7
  8. Certificate of disability (if applicable) - kowalska_8
  9. Consent regarding the handling of personal data by the University of Warsaw - kowalska_9

Application review process:

Your application will be evaluated according to following criteria:

  • Evaluation of your PhD dissertation project  (0-3 points)
  • Evaluation of your CV and of the sample of written work (0-2 points)
  • Evaluation of recommendation letters (0-2 points)

Based on the above three criteria, the Admission Committee elaborates the first ranking of the candidates and informs them no later than on October 15, 2018 whether or not they have been qualified for an oral interview. The candidates who qualified (no more than 50) will attend the interview either in person or by skype no later than on October 23, 2018.

During the interview, each candidate will be able to receive up to 3 points. Receiving 0 points from the interview excludes the candidate from the admission process. The final ranking of candidates is based on the number of points received during the first ranking and during the interview. The final list of twenty students accepted to the Program will be announced by October 26, 2018.

Women, minorities and candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.