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Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University


International Ph.D. studies in astronomy


Fellowships and tuition fees

Accepted foreign students will obtain Ph.D. fellowships (equal to the ones provided to the Polish students i.e. approx. 2200* PLN per month, which is 26400 PLN per year), as well as, the health insurance (students from outside EU may be subject of another regulations in that matter).

Based on good progress in a PhD thesis preparation students can apply for support of travels and conference participation. They can also apply for research grants from the Polish Science Foundation.

There is NO tuition fee.

* Costs of living in Poland is significantly lower than in Western European countries.

  1. Candidates for the Ph.D. studies in astronomy are required to:
    1. present high marks of the exams in their study in mathematics and physics;
    2. have a M. Sc. diploma in astronomy, physics, or a related subject area;
    3. obtain a written agreement by one of our Faculty members to supervise the candidate studies;
    4. be positively evaluated in the interview.
  2. When applying to be enrolled to the PhD studies, a candidate is obliged to provide to the secretary office of the Astronomical Observatory of Jagielllonian University the following items:
    1. a letter of application;
    2. a resumé (CV), including information about the scientific achievements to date, if any;
    3. a copy of the M.Sc. diploma; if still pending, a certificate of passing the master's examination;
    4. a supplement to the M.Sc. diploma;
    5. an email addres to a senior scientist, who will agree to write a reference letter;
    6. a written consent of a Faculty member to supervise the applying student;
    7. a statement of the grade point average earned in the course of graduate studies;
    8. a document to indicate a level of proficiency in English;
    9. a personal data form;
    10. three recent photographs.
  3. During the interview the candidates can expect to be inquired about their graduate studies' and their M.Sc. thesis's topic matter, their hitherto scientific achievements, as well as their research plans to be carried out in the course of their Ph.D. studies in astronomy.
  4. A decision concerning the candidate acceptance as well as granting him a stipend in the first year of Ph.D. studies will be based on the results of the interview.
Additional information can be obtained from the doctoral studies secretary office or from the studies supervisor, Prof. Jurek Krzesiński.

Please note that the above rules can be slightly modified in the final call in the beginning of June 2019.