GSSR PhD students may participate in mobility within the framework of the Erasmus + scheme regardless of nationality /citizenship.
Incoming graduate students are welcome to take courses at the GSSR.
Erasmus policy statement
The Graduate School for Social Research is based within the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, a leading research institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The School encourages an interdisciplinary approach within the social sciences, with a range of doctoral research not limited to investigations in philosophy and sociology, however broadly understood, but also encompassing for example, historical, anthropological and literary studies along with themes from political science and political economy. It has an international graduate student body recruited from throughout the world. Its lecturers are also recruited from both within and outside Poland. Whilst many of our students are from the countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, our recurring visiting lecturers are predominantly from ‘the West’. Students should not be surprised that comparative study of different societies both within and between regions is strongly encouraged.
Students accumulate credits by completion of course modules at the school or (for doctoral students also in other institutions in Poland and elsewhere ) to acquire a total required for completion of the programme.
Most modules are taught in English, with a minority in Polish: all programmes can be completed by non-Polish speakers. Specialised seminars are sometimes given in other major languages such as French, as appropriate to the subject matter.
Doctoral students are encouraged to take part with academic staff in other research projects (eg within the framework programmes) beside their own thesis work in order to gain, skills, contacts and experience. Mobility (within LLP, but also eg the Visegrad, Fulbright & Sci-Ex schemes ) enhances the effect and widens the horizons of participants. Many doctoral students have academic co- supervisors attached to institutions other than the Graduate School.
The School’s choice of institutional partners for student mobility and other joint activities reflect the interests of individual doctoral students or groups of students attending a thematic seminar. Host institutions chosen are those with complementary research and teaching interests. Students are particularly encouraged to suggest new institutional partners best suited to their academic interests. ‘Cotutelle‘ arrangements are welcomed for individual students.
While doctoral students form our main target group for inward and outward mobility , inward mobility of Master’s degree students is also welcomed.
Teaching at the School is provided by visiting faculty. The School’s strategy here is to open recruitment as widely as possible and hence inward mobility from beyond Poland is strongly encouraged.
The School participates in a Dual PhD degree programme with Lancaster University (UK). Given the School’s interdisciplinary character the agreement covers all faculties of the university, although studies to date have taken place within the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Students successfully completing the School’s one year programmes taught in English receive also the degree of MA from this UK university.
The school’s non doctoral programmes are timetabled with all meetings outside working hours to allow students to both work and study thereby broadening access to graduate study and providing those who successfully complete the programme with the skills to enable them to go on to doctoral and in some cases further research. Participation in the Programme will, by adding to inward mobility, offer a more international experience to those students whose work and family commitments make outward mobility a less practical option.
While the school’s cooperation with a leading UK university helps to ensure that the School keeps abreast of best practice, students returning from mobility with their diverse experiences help to maintain the momentum for continuous improvement of the quality and relevance of the HE provision. In addition mobility helps them to form necessary international contacts for future work in research projects.
New programmes are being designed with online distance learning provision and a focus on sustainable development. These new programmes, like the School’s other programmes will be designed to attract students from both within and outside Poland and will have an international teaching staff. The effects of virtual contact are however much enhanced by real meetings. participation in the Programme , whether as intensive programmes or individual mobility flows can strengthen quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation .
The establishment of the School within a research institute is intended to integrate higher education and research , as are the research institute’s consortium agreements with neighbouring universities in Warsaw. Thorough research training in a social science institution provides sophisticated skills in particular relevant to work involving social surveys-the research institute and its graduate school provide services to and recruits to this branch of industry. Making the knowledge triangle work, with higher education, research and business linked for excellence and regional development also involves more than a passive role for business of course. Here a programme currently being developed with international and local partners and focusing on sustainable human development is particularly relevant. Practical placements abroad and institutional participation in other programmes (cf Leonardo da Vinci programme) have a role to play here.
By supporting the School’s efforts at internationalisation participation in the Programme also contributes to improved governance by exposing academics staff and students to alternative management and funding solutions and so promotes adoption of best practice.
Erasmus Charter for 2014-2020
Information for incoming students
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Information for GSSR students
Who can participate?
All GSSR doctoral students who fulfil the Erasmus eligibility requirements for participation.
It is only possible to spend a study period abroad at an institution with which the School has signed a bilateral agreement.
On this basis you may apply in writing to the School Director to participate in study visits to the following institutions:
Bogazici University (Department of Philosophy),Turkey http://www.boun.edu.tr/index_eng.html
2 students per year for visits of 3 to 5 months.
Central European University (Political Science Department), Budapest, Hungary http://www.ceu.hu/
2 students per year for visits up to 5 months.
Masaryk University (Department of Sociology), Brno, Czech Republic http://www.muni.cz/
2 students per year for visits of up to 10 months.
Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic http://www.upol.cz/en/
2 students of Development Studies per year for visits of up to 5 months
Scuola Normale Superiore (Sociology) Pisa, Italy) http://www.sns.it/en/
2 students per year for visits of up to 9 months.
Lillehammer University College/Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (Lillehammer, Norway) http://www.hil.no/international
3 students per year for visits of up to 5 months.NB subjects related to social work only.
University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies (London, UK) https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/
2 students per year for visits of up to 10 months.
School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica (Nova Gorica Slovenia)
1 students per year for visits of up to 6 months
University of Palermo (Sicily)
2 students per year for visits of up to 10 months.
University of Cologne (Cologne,Germany)
2 students per year for visits of total 10 months
Students who initiate agreements with additional partner universities will be given priority if demand for places exceeds the number partner institutions are ready to accept.
Recently, students through their own contacts have been able to establish agreements
covering their own visits with Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Gothenburg.
Applicants will be selected by GSSR (you need also to be accepted by the host university-check their web pages for deadlines) on the basis of:
- Relevant linguistic ability
- Description of planned studies
- The grades you have already obtained for courses at GSSR
- The relevance of the proposed visit to your studies at GSSR (you should supply written confirmation from your supervisor).
Selection will be made by the Director of the GSSR and a representative of the Samorząd. Any appeals arising from the selection procedure will be decided by the Director of the Institute.
Calls for application with relevant deadlines will be sent to all students using your School e-mail addresses.
Information meetings will be held for those interested in applying for the programme, and later for students selected for participation. Check your school e-mail for details.
Recognition of studies
Participation in the Erasmus programme guarantees full recognition of your studies abroad (using ECTS).
Level of grants
Erasmus mobility grants make a contribution to the costs of a stay at a partner university. Stays can be from a minimum stay of 3 months up to one academic year. The National agencies set grant levels for individual countries. In 2015/16 These have been set for students from Polish institutions as follows:
Group 1: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden, UK
€500 per month
Group 2: Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep. , Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey
€450 per month
Group 3: Bulgaria, Estonia, FYROM, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Slovakia
€ 350 per month
Additional funds are available for disabled students and students receiving social stipends.
Students may also participate in mobility and enjoy the full benefits of mobility whilst receiving zero funding from the scheme . If you plan zero grant mobility, please make this clear when applying.
Award of funding
Permissible levels of grants must be taken into account when students are accepted for funded mobility. If insufficient funds are awarded to GSSR to satisfy all applicants, selection of applicants will take place using a ranking list based on the criteria above. Funds will be distributed among those selected to ensure that students are funded for periods of equal duration.
Please note too that amounts may be adjusted during the year if extra funds become available eg following the withdrawal of one or more students.