The GSSR - the home of a new doctoral school

PhD in Philosophy or Sociology

Individual Study Programme

PhD in Philosophy or Sociology

The New Doctoral School

In 2019 under the provisions of the new law on higher education and science, the GSSR plans to 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. Doctoral students recruited by the three Institutes to begin their studies in the academic year2019-20 will be members of a single interdisciplinary doctoral school. They will still defend their theses to be awarded doctorates in one of the four disciplines, but will enjoy the benefits of working in a broader interdisciplinary environment.


NCBiR project


Summer schools, study visits, development of an interdisciplinary programme of doctoral studies and provision of stipends for doctoral students are the main elements of the “Humanities and Social Sciences for Society and Enterprise” programme (NCBiR project) being implemented by the Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR) at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN) .

Recruitment to the 4 year interdisciplinary full-time doctoral programme was completed in September 2018.

The GSSR team attaches particular weight to enabling students with disabilities to undertake doctoral studies within the framework of the project.

The main aim of the project is to achieve the highest standards of quality of education in the doctoral programme of IFiS PAN’s Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR). The project runs from 01.-06.2018 to 31.05.2023.

Thanks to the project a new study programme is being developed in which students will have the opportunity  to shape their own individual path of study, working with professors and research teams  of IFiS PAN, and benefit from the Institute’s well-developed international network of contacts. The  new programme, besides giving a solid philosophical or sociological grounding is open to an interdisciplinary view of research problems. The project provides support for study trips abroad and for participation in three summer schools with programmes devised in cooperation with foreign scholars. Doctoral students joining the project will be provided with stipends helping them to concentrate on their own development. They will also be able to take advantage of other opportunities offered by IFiS PAN, such as participation in competitions for grants to carry out their own doctoral research.

Doctoral studies at the GSSR  are open to candidates who want to develop any area of contemporary philosophical problems as well as the history of philosophy. In particular research group investigations concern both continental philosophy together with its most contemporary currents concerning philosophy of politics, philosophy of culture, philosophical anthropology and philosophy of science as well as analytical philosophy, cognitive science, ancient and medieval thought. At the same time the School is open to bold and innovative currents in methods of theoretical research.

Similarly, we deal with all areas of sociological problems broadly understood, whether related to cultural studies and institutional approaches, or to social structure, big data and advanced qualitative and quantitative methods. To give one example among many possible profiles, we seek sociology applicants who seek to develop their methodological skills in quantitative research and learn to apply appropriately cross-country comparisons, multilevel modelling, response style, model selection, machine learning, latent variable modelling etc. in their substantive studies in various research fields. We also look for candidates devoted to cultural and institutional studies in various fields. Students with a degree in Sociology or in another related discipline (including social anthropology, ethnography, history, education studies, economics, psychology, and biology) are invited to apply.

The project “Humanities and Social Sciences for Society and Enterprise” is supported from European Funds within the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development (PO WER) priority axis III: Higher Education for the economy and development, Action 3.2 Doctoral studies. The Intermediate Body is the National Centre for Research and Development.


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The Graduate School
for Social Research,

Staszic Palace,
Nowy Świat 72,
00-330 Warsaw,