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Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences: Astronomy

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.


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

PhD Office

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


Possible Supervisors, their respective research areas, and proposed Thesis topics

  • dr hab. Anna Barnacka
    Gravitational Lenses as High-Resolution Telescopes
    Studying inner-regions of active galaxies using gravitational lensing
  • prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Chyży
    Radioastronomy, LOFAR
    Cosmic ray propagation in galaxies
    Statistical studies of galaxies based on new survey LoTSS of LOFAR
  • dr hab. Marek Jamrozy
    Extragalactic radio astronomy pozagalaktyczna, Dynamical evolution of radio galaxies
  • dr hab. Jerzy Krzesiński
    Observational astronomy; variable (pulsating) stars; white dwarfs; exoplanets (Candidates should posses good knowledge of the stellar evolution and stellar interiors. Skills: good level of software programming (python is a preferable coding language, but others are welcome too). Knowledge of CCD observations, unix system and/or machine learning is a plus.)
  • dr hab. Grzegorz Michałek
    Solar activity and space weather
  • prof. Michał Ostrowski

    A selected topic in Very High Energy Gamma-ray Astronomy within the projects SST-1M, H.E.S.S., and/or CTA

    A study of Solar UV/X Bursts and Space Weather influence on the Earth using Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) electromagnetic waves measurements (see more).

  • dr hab. Marian Soida
    Numerical simulations of magnetized interstellar medium
    Radio observations of nearby galaxies
  • dr hab. Łukasz Stawarz
    Physics of cosmic sources of high energy radiation and particles
    Analysis and modelling of the gamma-ray data collected by the H.E.S.S. Telescopes
    Neutrino astrophysics with the Hyper-Kamiokande observatory
  • dr hab. Sebastian Szybka
    Exact solutions to Einstein equations: black holes, gravitational waves,
    inhomogeneous cosmological models (1. Standing gravitational waves, 2. Gravitational radiation in a high frequency limit, 3. Curvature invariants and detection of an event horizon).
  • dr hab. Wacław Waniak
    Physics of comets

Faculty members from the Institute of Physics can also be considered for appointment as a supervisor of Ph.D. thesis in astronomy.

Admission rules for the Doctoral Studies in Astronomy

Up-to-date admission rules

2024 Admission

The second round of admission will be annouced in the second half of May

Planned schedule:

Registration (IRK) starts: 21.05.2024
Registration ends: 29.05.2024
Entrance exams: 05.06.2024
Committee meeting: 06.06.2024

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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

News: Dr. Piotr Guzik awarded with the Artur Rojszczak Prize

Dr Piotr Guzik - portrait photoDr. Piotr Guzik from the Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University is the winner of the 18th edition of the Artur Rojszczak Award competition. The scientist was honored for popularizing issues related to astronomy and activities for the protection of nature. For years he has been engaged in the study of comets and other small bodies of the solar system.

Three researchers qualified for the finals of the Award, who presented their scientific and non-scientific passions and achievements on May 18 in Cracow, during the Convention of the Club of Scholars of the Foundation for Polish Science. Then the participants of the event voted to select the person to whom went the statuette designed by Martyna Ceglińska.

Piotr Guzik graduated from astronomy at the Jagiellonian University (2009) and applied computer science at the AGH University of Science and Technology (2010). At the latter he worked as a research assistant for six years. Last year he completed his PhD in astronomy at the Jagiellonian University. He published his findings in the journals Nature and Nature Astronomy. These works - as described by one of the dissertation reviewers - contribute to the establishment of a new branch of astrophysics of extrasolar planetary systems, based on observations of comets and asteroids ejected from their parent systems.

News: Coimbra Group 3-Minute-Thesis – second place went to our PhD student Subhrata Dey

PhD student Subhrata Dey awarded

The final of the Coimbra Group 3-Minute-Thesis Jagiellonian University competition was held on March 18 in the Aula of Collegium Novum. 10 PhD students presented the main points of their PhD theses during 3-minute presentations. The second place went to our PhD student Subhrata Dey, for the presentation "Investigating the mysterious Luminous infrared Galaxies" on the study of bright infrared galaxies, for which she also received the audience award. Congratulations!

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