The offices of the GSSR will be closed from August 5th to August 16th (inclusive) . It will not be possible to deliver application documents in person during this period.
In the new academic year 2019-20, under the provisions of the new law on higher education and science, the GSSR will become the home of a new doctoral school with our partner institutes in the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Institutes of Psychology and of Political Studies .
At the bottom of the page you will find links to our partners.
All applications for study in any of the three institutes of the doctoral school should be sent to the GSSR.
SZKOŁA NAUK SPOŁECZNYCH (GSSR)
Nowy Świat 72, p. 261
00-330 Warsaw, Poland
The deadline for applications to any of the three Institutes is September 3rd 2019.
Any graduate of a Polish or foreign higher education institution with the degree of magisterium or its equivalent may apply to doctoral studies at the Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR). Students who have not yet been awarded the magisterium degree or equivalent may be conditionally accepted to the programme. The Director of the School will specify the maximum period for which a student may enjoy conditional status before presenting proof of award of the necessary degree.
Admission to the GSSR depends only on the applicants’ academic qualifications, research skills, and their command of English. However admission is not determined by the subject background of the candidate.
Knowledge of the English language is one of the basic conditions for admission to the doctoral studies at GSSR. During the individual interviews each candidate has to display a level of knowledge of the English language allowing them to conduct research and take part in classes held in that language.
LANGUAGE TESTS AND EXCEPTIONS
Unless they have completed a degree taught wholly in English, candidates should have passed one of the following tests of language abilities in English:
Minimum Score Required
|(TOEFL) Test of English as a Foreign Language (internet-based)||
|(IELTS) International English Language Test||
|(CAE) Cambridge Advanced English Test||
|(CPE) Cambridge Proficiency Test||
Candidates who at the time of interview have not passed one of these tests may take a test of English arranged at the School. Applicants should bear in mind that this could take place on a different day from the interview, which for foreign candidates could mean a stay of several extra days.
The next English Entrance Examination will take place at the GSSR on :To be announced
How to apply
Please read carefully the list and forms of documents required to complete the application (see check list of required documents below). The completed applications should be sent by post or delivered personally to the following address:
SZKOŁA NAUK SPOŁECZNYCH (GSSR)
Nowy Świat 72, p. 261
00-330 Warsaw, Poland
Please note that the applications should be sent in advance to reach the GSSR no later than on the day of the deadline indicated below. Those who plan to deliver the application personally should take into consideration that the GSSR office is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays between 09:00-15:00 and Tuesdays, Wednesdays between 09:00-17:00
Deadlines to begin full time study in October 2019
In order to make the deadline dates as convenient to our applicants as possible it has been decided that there will be TWO deadlines for applying to the PhD Programme in the Graduate School for Social Research. Candidates from any country may submit their applications either by May 2019 (philosophy and sociology only) OR by September 2019
Candidates whose applications are unsuccessful in May will not be permitted to make another application in September.
Submission of complete application packages for all candidates (international and Polish):
May DEADLINE – May 8, 2019
SEPTEMBER DEADLINE — September 3, 2019
An English Entrance Examination will be organized for applicants who have not passed one of the tests specified in the Language Tests and Exceptions Section above on dates to be announced (see above Language tests and exceptions).
Application documents checklist
Applicants are required to submit the following documents:
- Completed application form:
- Master’s Degree diploma or an equivalent certificate of graduation or an official document from the applicant’s university stating when the defence is due
- Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s masters’ thesis supervisor or from a person who is familiar with academic or professional abilities of the applicant
- Curriculum Vitae
- A concise description of your planned research stating your research question, how you plan to conduct your research, and the theoretical relevance of your expected findings (NB it is not a requirement at GSSR , as it is in some countries that your research generate practical policy recommendations). Please make sure that you also send an electronic version of this to email@example.com
- Official transcript or record of the applicant’s university work (the transcript is defined as an official document issued by your university, which lists all courses completed and grades received during your studies)
- An electronic copy of your Masters thesis if this is mentioned in the transcript
- English language test certificate (eg TOEFL, IELTS)
- Photocopy of passport (in the case of non-Polish applicants)
- Confirmation of payment of the application fee (200 PLN or equivalent in USD or EUR). The fee is waived for candidates from non-EU countries
- 2 photographs
- Certificates other than required (summer schools, conferences, workshops)
Incomplete documents will not be accepted.
We accept photocopies of diplomas and transcripts – originals should be presented at the school in order to confirm that the copies are true copies.
Documents of applicants not accepted are not returned to the applicant. They are kept in the School’s archive.
To convert the currencies, students may refer to currency converter sites on the Internet (for example http://www.xe.com/ucc/) or inquire with a local bank or travel agency.
All payments must be free of charge for the beneficiary, so that the GSSR receives the full amount established.
The description of the payment must specify the candidate’s full name and the reason for the payment.
The admissions process
The admissions procedure comprises:
Stage One: evaluation of application documents
Stage Two: The language test (where applicable)
* Candidates who have not previously studied Psychology and have chosen Psychology as the discipline of their doctoral thesis will be required before interview to take an examination testing their knowledge of basic topics in psychology.
A list of applicants accepted to the GSSR is published on our website (see Admissions/Results) as soon as the admissions committee has reached its decision. Candidates will also be notified by e-mail and by registered post.
Applicants who fail to attend the appointed interview (or test of language abilities if applicable) without producing acceptable justification will be considered to have withdrawn their applications.
An Appeals Commission will meet to consider appeals from candidates submitted in writing to the School within fourteen days of the appearance of the announcement of the results of the applications process (in hard copy or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org).
The recruitment commission
The 2019 Recruitment commission (Philosophy and Sociology)
Prof. Danilo Facca
Prof. Michał Federowicz
Dr. Magdalena Grabowska
Dr. Marta Olcoń-Kubicka
Prof. Joanna Kurczewska
Prof. Andrzej Leder
Prof. Adam Lipszyc
Prof. Andrzej Rychard
Prof. Szymon Wróbel
Dr. John Fells
Our institution does not discriminate on the basis of (including but not limited to) national or ethnic origin, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation in administering its admission and education policies, financial aid and other school-administered programmes.