Political Science and Public Administration

1. An eligible candidate must hold a Master’s degree or an equivalent degree in Human or Social Sciences.

2. Possible subject areas for a PhD project include:

−> theory and sociology of politics, methodology of political sciences
−> philosophy and political thought
−> political movements and doctrines
−> states and political systems−> political parties and social movements
−> area studies
−> international relations
−> administration and local government
−> public policies
−> political behaviour and political culture; civil society
−> public and political discourse, political marketing, civil education.

3. The recruitment procedure is carried out in the form of a competition, where points are assigned for each step of the evaluation process:

a) A research project (0-15 pts.), which may be an outline of the prospective PhD dissertation. The project should be written in Polish or English and should contain not less than 10,000 and not more than 18,000 characters without spaces. The project is evaluated by two reviewers representing the discipline, appointed by the chairperson of the selection committee from among researchers entitled to supervise PhD projects and specializing in the area specified in the project. The average of points granted by each of the reviewers in the following categories constitutes a final evaluation of the project:

−> formulating the research objective (0-3 pts.)
−> knowledge of the current state of research (0-3 pts.)
−> proposed research methodology (0-3 pts.)
−> originality and cognitive value (0-3 pts.)
−> feasibility of the project (0-3 pts.)

b) An interview (0-20 pts.), the aim of which is verification of the canidate’s competence and research interests in relation to the proposed project as well as their general knowledge in the selected discipline. The interview may be conducted in Polish or, only by consent of the  chairperson of the selection committee, in English. The final evaluation of the interview is the average of points awarded by each member of the Selection Committee in the following categories:

−> oral presentation of the research project (0-5 pts.)
−> justification of the project: its premises, objectives and proposed methodology (0-5 pts.)
−> participating in an academic discussion (0-5 pts.)
−> general knowledge in the discipline (0-5 pts.)

c) Evaluation of scholarly activity within the last five years (0-7 pts.):

−> publication in a scientific journal, publication of a monograph book or a chapter in a monograph book published by a press included in the list of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (0-2 pts.)
−> participation with a paper in a scientific conference of an international range (0-2 pts.)
−> national or international internships or scholarships of min. 7 days (0-1 pt.)
−> outstanding achievements in a research club or participation in scientific projects carried out as part of professional activity (0-1 pt.)
−> awards or scientific honours (0-1 pt.)

For publications, submission of relevant certificates / confirmations and printouts is required.