The Graduate School for Social Research









The GSSR is an educational programme of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, one of the research centres of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The Institute’s primary objective is to carry out advanced research in philosophy and sociology as well as in cognitive and communication fields. The Institute is also engaged in education, publishing and popularisation of science.



Lancaster University



The University validates our one year non-PhD programme awarding students  who successfully meet the University’s criteria the degree of Master of Arts. Its growing reputation is reflected by high rankings in each of the UK’s major university league tables, scoring particularly highly for student satisfaction and employability. The University is proud of its reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching and research, and of the support and positive feedback that it receives from its students.



Open Society Foundations


The Open Society Foundations help to support GSSR. Since 1979 George Soros has pursued through his foundations his ambition of establishing open societies in place of authoritarian forms of government. “Open society is based on the recognition that our understanding of the world is inherently imperfect.”
“What is imperfect can be improved.”



The Max Planck Partner Group



The Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life is a joint project of IFiS PAN in Warsaw and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne. The project started in April 2017. Led by the Institute’s Marcin Serafin, IFiS colleagues in the Partner Group explores the cultural, social and political dimensions of contemporary economies.



Institute of Psychology Polish Academy of Sciences

The Psychology Section of the Polish Academy of Sciences was originally established in 1980 upon the initiative of Professor Janusz Reykowski. On July 4th 1989, following a decree of the Polish Academy of Sciences, it was reconstituted as the Institute of Psychology.

The Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IP PAN) is fully accredited to grant doctoral degrees and habilitations. The Institute can also initiate the review process for awarding titles of professor.

The Institute’s primary mission is to conduct scholarly research as well as develop and mentor the pool of highly qualified scientists.

Members of IP PAN engage in studies spanning the following areas:

  • Psychology of decision making and judgment
  • Economic psychology
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Political psychology
  • Psychophysiology and neuroscience
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Psychology of animal behavior
  • Psychology of individual differences
  • Social psychology
  • Stress and community psychology

In addition to basic research, applied research projects are conducted addressing the needs of local businesses, the court system, educational institutions, national defence, social and health policies. The Institute’s experts offer variety of services aiming at the popularization of science.

On April 19th 2016 the Institute of Psychology PAS was awarded the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ logo by the European Commission. This award is presented to scientific institutions complying with the highest standards in providing researchers with a stimulating work environment. Only 15 Polish institutions have been granted this award so far, and the Institute of Psychology PAS is the first in Poland in the social sciences field.



Institute of Political Studies Polish Academy of Sciences


Founded in 1990 the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences brings together leading Polish political scientists, historians and sociologists in order to create a unique environment where innovative knowledge and policy expertise is produced. The Institute’s mission is to conduct high-level multidisciplinary research that investigates political and social change at the crossroads between East and West.

In its early days ISPPAN focused predominantly on both theoretical and empirical study of post-communist societies in a comparative perspective as well as on transformation of the political system. This research agenda was set and promoted by the founder and first director of the Institute – Prof. Edmund Wnuk-Lipinski, a leading Polish sociologist and advisor of the Solidarity trade union.

Our studies of the political and socio-economic transformation in Poland are embedded in in-depth historical reflection on the resistance and opposition movements during the II World War and under communism. Joint teams of historians and political scientists study Poland’s relations with Germany on the one hand, and Soviet Union (Russia and Ukraine) on the other, both before and after 1989. Regional outlook on Central and Eastern Europe complements this research agenda.

Political change at the regional and global level is addressed by teams of scholars working on international security, European integration and East Asia. Finally, a political philosophy perspective complements our efforts to explain the ongoing political and social transformations in the XX and XXI century.

The Institute awards doctoral degree in sociology and political science as well as habilitation in political science.



Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange


This website was developed with the support of grant number PPI/NPZ/2018/1/00130/U/001 within the framework of the programme Nowoczesna Promocja Zagraniczna

NAWA is a new institution established on October 1st, 2017. It was set up to coordinate state activities driving the process of internationalization of Polish academic and research institutions.

Working with the government administration (in particular with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Development), the National Science Centre, the National Centre for Research and Development, the Foundation for Polish Science, the National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU, the Foundation for the Development of the Education System and with other entities that aim to internationalize Polish science and higher education NAWA’s mission is to foster the development of Poland in the area of science and higher education  through international exchange and cooperation.

NAWA’s  goals are to

  • Support international mobility of students, academics and researchers

  • Support the process of internationalization of Polish HEIs and research institutions

  • Promote Polish science and higher education

  • Promote and popularize teaching of the Polish language



The National Center for Research and Development


The mission of the National Centre for Research and Development is to encourage the development of Polish research entities, universities and businesses in order to stimulate innovation in the country.

On 1 September 2011 the NCBiR took over from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education tasks related to the implementation of European Funds allocated for the development of science and higher education sectors in Poland.


Phone: (+48) 22 828 80 09

Fax: (+48) 22 826 48 21

The Graduate School
for Social Research,

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