Warsaw Doctoral School of Mathematics and Computer Science (WDSMCS) is a part of Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences. It is led jointly by University of Warsaw (UW) and Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IMPAN). The mission of WDSMCS is the continue of the 100-years old tradition of Warsaw School of Mathematics.
This mission is realized by maintaining the highest research standards in mathematics and computer science and preparing our PhD students to independent research work. Each student works on an individual PhD project under the supervision of researchers of UW and IMPAN. Moreover, the students attend courses taught both by researchers of these institutions and invited external experts (see PhDOpen and Simons semesters)
Schedule of the Doctoral School enrolment procedure - registration in IRK:
- Registration in the Internet Registration of Candidates, referred to as “IRK”, submitting an application to the IRK for admission to the Doctoral School: from 5th of May to 28th of June 2020;
- Recruitment procedure
- qualification procedure, the interview schedule is published 7 days before : 1-14 July, 2020,
- 3 July 2020 at 13: 00-16: 00 - written exam (in full-time mode) - Place: Room 3180 (2nd floor) - Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Mechanics, ul. Banacha 2, Warsaw
- 07-10 and 13 July 2020 - interviews (in remote mode using the Google Meet platform)
- announcement of the ranking list: until 17 July 2020,
- accepting documents from qualified candidates: 17 July – 18 September, 2020,
- announcement of the list of accepted candidates: 21 September 2020.
The first step in the application process is finding a candidate for PhD supervisor and obtaining her/his declaration about the willingness to be the candidate’s supervisor. The declaration is one of the required documents (see below).
Please note that not all potential supervisors are on the list
Form of the selection procedure:
Maximum number of points that can be obtained in the selection procedure – 100 points
Language of the enrolment procedure, including interviews:
The interview shall be carried out in Polish or English – in accordance with the candidate’s preferences presented in IRK. If the Polish language is selected, the interview may include parts in English.
The candidate shall submit the application for admission to the School only in IRK. It shall include:
- the application for admission to the School stating the discipline in which the candidate plans to pursue education or, if applying for admission to IDS – the disciplines and the leading scientific discipline (and if there is no leading discipline – disciplines). By submitting an application for admission to the Doctoral School is understood as submitting a completed and paid recruitment application via IRK. Submission of an application via the Online Registration of Candidates is tantamount to submitting an application for admission to the Doctoral School chosen by the candidate;
- scan of a diploma of completion of the long-cycle Master’s degree programme or second-cycle programme or an equivalent diploma obtained under separate regulations or –in the case of candidates pursuing education within the European Higher Education Areas –a declaration that the diploma or certificate of obtaining a Master’s degree shall be provided by 18 September 2020;
- a description of the initial research project proposal in English, which comprises no more than 6,000 characters including spaces; the description shall contain the bibliography that is not included in the character limit; you can upload a file
- a resumé or curriculum vitae containing information about scientific activities, including scientific interests and scientific achievements during five calendar years preceding the submission of the application;
- scans of materials confirming scientific activities referred to in the resumé or CV;
- a document confirming the command of English at least at B2 level or declaration about the command of English to the extent enabling the education in the school;
- a scan of the declaration of the supervisor candidate about their willingness to be the candidate’s supervisor and the number of doctoral students, for whom them are appointed as the supervisor - file;
- one photograph of the candidate’s face, allowing their identification;
- declaration whether the candidate is or was a doctoral student or participant of doctoral studies, and if yes – title of doctoral dissertation or the research project prepared by the candidate, as well as first name and surname of the academic tutor or the supervisor;
- declaration on familiarising themselves with the content of the Resolution, as well as Article 40 and Article 41 of the Code of Administrative Procedure;
- contact details of two persons, who agreed to send letters of recommendation for the candidate. Authors of reference letters should send them directly in the electronic form by June 28 2020 to e-mail:
- firstname.lastname@example.org for mathematical sciences and computer science,
If no letters of recommendation are received, this shall not mean that the application for admission to the school is incomplete; however letters can be taken into account when evaluating the candidate’s scientific potential;
- scans of transcripts of records of the first and second cycle programmes, the long-cycle Master’s degree programme or equivalent documents (e.g. diploma supplement);
- abstract of the master’s thesis or draft master’s thesis in English (up to 3,000 characters with spaces).·
Evaluation criteria and method:
Preliminary evaluation of the research project proposal (maximum number of points – 5)
The following shall be taken into account in the preliminary evaluation of the research project proposal:
- possibility to implement the project taking into account documented skills of the candidate;
- scientific weight of the project;
- expected value added for the scientific environment in the particular discipline.
Scientific activity of the candidate (maximum number of points – 15)
When evaluating scientific activity, the following elements, confirmed with scans, shall be taken into account:
- scientific publications (a scan of the title page required; in the case of multi-author achievements, the percentage share of the candidate in the achievement must be defined);
- confirmed participation in student competitions;
- confirmed participation in research projects (a scan of the certificate issued by the project manager is required);
- paper presentations or seminar and conference messages (a scan of the paper presentation confirmation is required);
- documented research internships;
- achievements within activities of scientific societies (a scan of the certificate signed by a chairperson of the society is required).
Qualification examination (maximum number of points – 40)
Checking the candidate’s knowledge and skills in the discipline in written form.
In justified instances (e.g. where the candidate stays abroad), based on the written request of the candidate addressed to the chairperson of the selection team appointed for the particular discipline, the written examination may be replaced with the oral examination carried out remotely, using generally available online tools.
Interview (maximum number of points – 40)
The interview shall involve the evaluation of the candidate’s scientific potential.
The interview may comprise the following elements:
- discussion of the candidate’s master’s thesis (understanding of the subject, research hypotheses, its implementation, obtained results and conclusions);
- questions about the scientific achievements and about the course of the first and second cycle programmes or the long-cycle Master’s degree programme, including subjects related to the doctoral dissertation;
- questions pertaining to information included in letters of recommendations, including nature and results of cooperation of the candidate with authors of these letters;
- questions pertaining to the doctoral project and other information included in the documentation submitted by the candidate.
Condition of admission to the School
Obtaining at least 50 points in the whole selection process in total.
The education lasts 4 years. It includes obligatory classes (no more than 240 hours in total during the whole period of education) and the implementation of an individual research program, carried out under the supervision of a supervisor. Beginning of education - October 1, 2020.
During the four years of study, each PhD student receives a scholarship in the amount of PLN 2371.70 for the first two years of studies (before the mid-term evaluation) and PLN 3653.70 in the next two years after the mid-term evaluation. Supplement for people with disabilities: PLN 711.51.
Compulsory insurance is deducted from the scholarship amount and it’s reduced (by 11%).