BioPlanet Doctoral School
offers the Ph.D. degree program in Biological Sciences and in Earth
and Environmental Sciences.
The School has been established jointly by four institutes of the
Polish Academy of Sciences: the Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS
(the leading member), the Institute of Paleobiology PAS, the Mammal
Research Institute PAS, and the Institute of Parasitology PAS.
The Institutes contributing to the BioPlanet Doctoral School carry
out interdisciplinary research concerning problems at the interface
of Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences, at a high
Our well-balanced curriculum offers unparalleled opportunities for
gaining knowledge on the selected issues of Biology, Paleobiology
and Biogeology. The interdisciplinary profile of the doctoral
program in our School and renowned scientists provide students with
in-depth training in the broad area of Natural Sciences and the
understanding of fundamental biological and evolutionary processes
of the living world.
The BioPlanet Doctoral School offers Ph.D. dissertation topics in
Zoology, Ecology, Parasitology, Paleobiology/Paleontology,
biomineralization, and evolution of invertebrates (mainly insects)
and vertebrates (mainly reptiles, birds, and mammals), and in other
topics concerning Geology, Biology, and Environmental Sciences.
Ph.D. applicants may also suggest the topics for dissertations in
consultation with prospective advisors.
The program takes four years to complete and should result in
submitting doctoral dissertation.
We announce recruitment to the BioPlanet doctoral school for
the academic year 2021/2022.
Documents can be submitted from
10/06/2021 to 10/09/2021.
Wniosek o przyjęcie do szkoły doktorskiej
for admission to school)
Number of places available - 2
Research topic of applicant’s choice
We offer the possibility of proposing a research topic of
applicant’s choice after it has been agreed upon with a prospective
supervisor, who should be contacted directly for further guidance.
Formal requirements for applicants
The following documents are required to apply for admission:
- Application for admission to the
Doctoral School along with consent for the personal data to be
processed for the purpose of recruitment, and declaration of
reading the terms and conditions of admission. A
template of the application is to be found in Annex 1 to the
terms and conditions of application to the Doctoral School.
- Certified copy of diploma or certificate of completion of
studies. If the applicant does not have proof of the
qualifications, s/he is obliged to provide them before the
Doctoral School program begins.
- CV including education, employment and research experience
with list of publication sand a short description of scientific
achievements, particularly information on participation in
scientific conferences, workshops, training and internships,
participation in research projects, involvement in learned
societies and students’ scientific associations, and awarded
distinctions and scholarships.
- Certificates or other documents confirming knowledge of
English, if the applicant has them at his/her disposal.
- Draft description of proposed research topic including
references cited, no longer than single A4 page (references do
not count to length limit), signed by the prospective
You can submit the documents either by:
- posting them to the selected Institute address (see below); or
- sending them by email to the addresses given below; or
- in person.
Institute of Paleobiology PAS
- Twarda 51/55, 00-818 Warszawa, with a note “Szkoła Doktorska”
- Twarda 51/55, Warszawa, sekretariat, room 155 (1st floor),
The PhD interview -
an interview date will be announced
The candidates are asked to prepare two short (4-10 slides)
PowerPoint presentations: one concerning the master thesis and the
second about the planned doctoral thesis.
Applicants should have general knowledge of the broadly
understood field of Natural or Earth Sciences (when the selected
topic concerns Paleontology/Geology), and a good command of English,
on a level sufficient for a Ph.D. dissertation preparation (upon
submitting the dissertation we require language competency
certificate at least on B2 level). Detailed requirements are to be
found in the notice of recruitment.
For more details see BioPlanet
The International Doctoral Studies Course in the Biological
Sciences with the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw
List of the Institute of Paleobiology PhD