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Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University


Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences

PhD study in astronomy covers broad range of theoretical and observational research subjects, from analysis of optically variable objects (both stellar and active galactic nuclei), high energy astrophysics and accretion disks, radioastronomy, relativistic astrophysics and cosmology. Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University participates in ESO, has access to the SALT optical telescope, collaborates in HESS and CTA projects (gamma-ray astrophysics) as well as in the network of LOFAR radio telescopes array, we participate in the VIRGO gravitational waves detector. Our researches use also several world class Earth bound radio (VLA, 100m Effelsberg) and space (Chandra, XMM, Fermi) observatories.

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Admission 2021/2022

Next admission: May 2021

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Registration starts: 17.05.2021
Registration ends: 08.06.2021
Entrance exams: 14-18.06.2021
Committee meeting - on the dates of entrance exams: 18.06.2021
Announcement of the results: 23.06.2021
DS admission: 24.06.2021-10.09.2021 (excluding August)
DS admission (reserve list): 13.09.2021-14.09.2021

Possible PhD supervisors

Documents required at the recruitment application stage

The rules of admission at the Doctoral School

Candidates with a very good knowledge of the basics of physics and mathematics, assessed in the interview, are admitted to doctoral studies in astronomy at the Jagiellonian University. We accept applications from persons who have obtained a master's degree in astronomy, physics or related fields. The prior consent of a scientific employee (supervisor) of the Observatory to undertake scientific supervision over the candidate is required.

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.

A decision concerning the candidate acceptance as well as granting him a salary in the first year of Ph.D. studies will be based on the results of the interview.

At least two weeks before the start of the enrolment process, the Director shall set forth by way of an announcement published on the school's website:

  • detailed conditions of enrolment organisation and schedule;
  • the limit of places connected with the source from which the scholarship is paid, available in a given enrolment round;
  • the list and method of submitting the required documents;

The Interview

The basis for admission will be the assessment of the presented documents and the interview. During the interview, we want to determine the candidates' general knowledge in the field of astronomy, physics and mathematics, but in particular, in relation to his/her master's thesis and the subject of the planned PhD studies. We will also try to assess to what extent the candidates are able to think independently and originally. We do not plan to prepare a detailed list of issues for this interview, because it will have a slightly different character for each subsequent person.

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.


Please direct all enquiries to our Secretary Office

Phone: +48 12 6238 632, fax: +48 12 4251 318
Email: PhD.studies@oa.uj.edu.pl

Doctoral School in Astronomy
ul. Orla 171
30-244 Krakow

Opening hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 02:00 pm
The Secretary office is closed from 1-26 August.

Doctoral School

Study program

Lectures & Seminars

  • For PhD students of physics and biophysics at the FAIS Faculty
  • For the SDSP-E606-D programme
  • Joint and optional lectures for students and PhD students of the FAIS Faculty
  • Applied Computer Science, 2nd cycle studies, 1st year, summer - optional courses
  • Biophysics (med. physics and molecular biophysics), 2nd cycle studies, 1st year, summer - optional courses

  • Open Seminars

    Special Lectures

  • Offer and registration

  • TKGS