About the Doctoral School

On May 8, 2019, the Directors of five Kraków's Scientific Institutes signed an agreement to establish and jointly run the Doctoral School of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. The Doctoral School is run by four Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) – the W. Szafer Institute of Botany (IB PAS, coordinating unit), the Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant Physiology (IPP PAS), the Institute of Nature Conservation (INC PAS), the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals (ISEA PAS) – and the National Research Institute of Animal Production (NRIAP). The Doctoral School started operating on October 1, 2019, and educates doctoral students in three scientific disciplines: biological sciences, agriculture and horticulture, animal husbandry, and fishery.

In the Doctoral School of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, students can pursue research topics resulting from the mission of the Institutes, such as:

  • biodiversity, taxonomy, ecology, and evolution of plants, animals, fungi, and other microorganisms, both present and fossil;
  • physiology, biochemistry, plant and animal genetics;
  • protection of the diversity of species, habitats, ecosystems and the processes that shape this diversity;
  • animal breeding, plant cultivation, and factors influencing the productivity of organisms.

Education at the Doctoral School lasts four years and ends with the submission of a doctoral dissertation. A doctoral student receives a doctoral scholarship for four years.

The principles of operation, the educational program, as well as the rights and obligations of the doctoral student of the Doctoral School of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, can be found in its Regulations and other relevant documents.