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International Doctoral School for Biological Sciences

at  the Museum & Institute of Zoology, PAS

(set out according to the decree by the minister of  science and higher education,

dated December 19th 2006 on the courses of doctoral studies run by scientific institutions, Act Report 2007, no.1, item 2)


§ 1

1. The International Doctoral  School called into being by the Decision of the Director of the Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS, with the participation of the Director of the Institute of Palaeobiology PAS on the basis of an agreement concluded between these entities. The  School seat shall be the Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS, 00-679 Warszawa, Wilcza 64.

2. The Studies Course offers training to the level of Doctor of Biological Sciences in the fields of biology, ecology and palaeobiology. The PhD studies  pursued by means of full-time day (intramural) studies.

3. The  School Council exercises supervision over progress of the students; the Council  consists of  two representatives of each Institutes, as well as the  School Head.

4. Doctoral studies are under the direction of the School Head, who shall be appointed by the Director of the Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS, having first received the opinion of the Scientific Council.

5. Doctoral studies shall be of 4 years’ duration, albeit with a possibility of a one-year extension in particularly justified cases.

 6. The path to obtainment of the doctoral title should be made available to participants on the Study Course not later than in the third year or the beginning of the fourth year the of studies.

7. The results of the scientific research carried out by the doctoral student shall constitute the property of the Institute in which  the research has been conducted.


§ 2

1.Applicants may be of either Polish or foreign citizenship, but must:

a/ have a Master’s degree, or equivalent;

b/ obtain the acceptance of the future PhD thesis supervisor to assume the responsibility  for their the doctoral work  in case of successfully passing the  recruitment process

c/  successfully pass through the qualifying interview before the Recruitment Commission

2. Acceptance for doctoral studies is decided upon by the Institute Directors following recommendation by the School Head.

§ 3

1.The main obligations of the PhD students are to follow the study program and rules, and in particular:

a/ to engage in systematic scientific and academic work under the guidance of the supervisor, with a view to studies being completed timely,

b/ to participate in the courses required by the study program,

c/ to take part in scientific conferences, seminars, workshops, summer schools and other activities suggested by the Supervisor and/or recommended by the School Head,
d/ to publish and disseminate his/her scientific and academic accomplishments, following consultation with the Supervisor,
e/ to submit to the School Head written annual reports on progress in studies and scientific research; these reports being deemed to constitute the basis for a student’s passing successfully from one academic year to the next.

§ 4

1.The School Head:
a/ organizes recruitment and chairs the recruitment commission

b/ manages ongoing activity of the School,
c/ maintains direct contact with School students and their Supervisors

d/ takes decisions as regards participants’ successful passing from one year of studies to the next, and makes recommendations to the Directors regarding, if necessary and justified, extension of study periods or expelling participants from the School.

2.The  School Council:
a/  approves the rules and study programs (curricula),
b/ appoints the Recruitment Commission

3.The  PhD thesis Supervisor
a/ extends all kinds of assistance to the PhD students under his supervision,
b/ provides annual opinions on the student’s progress ;

c/ plays, if possible, an active part as a lecturer in courses organized by the School.

§ 5

1.Participants on the  School are bound by the regulations and ordinances of the Director of the Institute in which doctoral studies are taking place.

2. PhD students may obtain a scholarship granted by the Directors of the participating instututes, on the basis of the provisions laid down in the ministerial decree of December 19., 2006 on doctoral studies run by scientific institutions (the Act  Report of 2007, No. 1, item 2), with subsequent amendments.

3.Participants on the doctoral study course have the right to:
a/ 8 weeks holidays per year, in line with provisions set out in the Study Program,
b/ the services of public healthcare institutions in line with principles established for employees of the Institutes,
c/ prolongation of the period of doctoral studies by the period of time equivalent to maternal leave, as well as enjoyment of services rendered during that period,
d/ The non-working spouses and children of participants in School take advantage of services extended by public healthcare institutions in line with principles determined for members of employees’ families.

§ 6

1.The completion and prolongation of doctoral studies:
a/  the PhD studies end on the 30th September of the fourth academic year,

b/ in justified cases referred to in § 7 of the Regulation of December 19th 2006,  with subsequent amendments, the Institute Director may prolong the period of doctoral studies by one year,
c/ in justified cases,  the School Head  makes recommendation  to the Director  regarding the prolongation of the study duration to the particular student,  having received the opinion of  the student’s Supervisor.                                                                d/  students failing to earn the  PhD degree within the period of time foreseen in this regulation will not have the costs of the degree procedure covered.

2.Deletion from the list of School participants:
a/ a  student failing to make the necessary progresses in scientific work or failing to meet requirements of the study curriculum may be expelled from the School.

b/ a request  for expelling the participant from the School is submitted to the Director of the Institute by the Head of the School,  after consultation with the Supervisor and  the  School Council.


§ 7

1.The School Council shall enjoy the right to decide on matters not provided for in these Regulations and not encompassed either by the decrees mentioned in the introduction to these Regulations.  

Przewodniczący Rady Naukowej

Muzeum i Instytutu Zoologii PAN
Prof. dr hab. Czesław Błaszak

Muzeum i Instytutu Zoologii PAN
 Prof. dr hab. W. Bogdanowicz