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Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences Astronomy


Head of the PhD Studies in Astronomydr hab. Jurek Krzesiński, prof. UJ

PhD Office

Phone: +48 12 6238 632, fax: +48 12 4251 318

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

Opening hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 02:00 pm





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.

Admission rules for the doctoral studies in Astronomy

1. Candidates for the Ph.D. studies in astronomy are required to:

  • present high marks of the exams in their study in mathematics and physics;
  • have a M. Sc. diploma in astronomy, physics, or a related subject area;
  • obtain a written agreement by one of our Faculty members to supervise the candidate studies;
  • 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:

  • a letter of application;
  • a resumé (CV), including information about the scientific achievements to date, if any;
  • a copy of the M.Sc. diploma; if still pending, a certificate of passing the master's examination;
  • a supplement to the M.Sc. diploma;
  • an email addres to a senior scientist, who will agree to write a reference letter;
  • a written consent of a Faculty member to supervise the applying student;
  • a statement of the grade point average earned in the course of graduate studies;
  • a document to indicate a level of proficiency in English;
  • a personal data form;
  • 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.

Admission 2021/2022

2021 Admission has been completed. The next will be held in March 2022.

Doctoral School's Step-By-Step Guide

Possible PhD supervisors

Documents required at the recruitment application stage: scroll down page


Please direct all enquiries to our Secretary Office

Phone: +48 12 6238 632, fax: +48 12 4251 318

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.

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.

Lectures & Seminars

Special Lectures

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Documents required at the recruitment application stage: 2021/22
PhD Courses