Application opening date: early September (the exact date is to be announced)
Application deadline: mid-September
Publication of results: late-September
Enrollment: 1st October
Location: Bucharest, Romania
No. of study places available to Non-EU citizens: 30
The Interdisciplinary School of Doctoral Studies (ISDS-UB) is an organized community of doctoral students, supervisors, and researchers, that started its activity in 2018. The main objective of the school is to provide young scientists with the opportunity to develop research skills in a stimulating interdisciplinary environment.
Study and research at ISDS-UB are organized in all 19 specific doctoral fields in which the University of Bucharest provides doctoral studies, but also in Interdisciplinary Research Training Groups (IRTGs). These groups are formed by at least three supervisors from distinct fields and are focused on a research theme that requires an interdisciplinary approach. In the September 2021 admission contest, three IRTGs will organize admission contests:
- Mind, Language, and Cognition – for the following fields: Biology, Computer science, Linguistics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology
- Complex Systems Disentanglement through Data Analysis – for the following fields: Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Sociology
- Natural Resources & Social-Ecological Systems – for the following fields: Geology,Geography, History and Political Science
During their doctoral studies, students will be guided by their supervisors and by a committee of specialists from different fields of study. The advanced training programme includes courses that have also an interdisciplinary character. After the successful defense of their thesis, the enrolled students will obtain the doctoral title in the particular field they have been registered in and a Certificate highlighting their interdisciplinary achievements.
To foster internationalization, students enrolled at ISDS-UB are required to write their thesis in an internationally circulated language. Disciplines organized under the auspices of the doctoral school are exclusively provided in internationally circulated languages, mainly in English. At the same time, our administrative services are provided in English. We meet the needs of our students with flexibility and we strive to create opportunities for them. Our shared goal is to create a very competitive environment with high standards and outstanding scientific results.
Check here the admission Methodology.
Before starting your application, check the following eligibility criteria:
- Degree Requirements:we expect you to hold a Master’s degree in addition to a Bachelor’s degree.
- Language Requirements:proficiency in English (check here the accepted types of English Certificates).
- Letter of Acceptance from the Ministry of Education, in compliance with the process described here.
If you meet the requirements mentioned above, and you have obtained the letter from the Ministry of Education, then you will go through the following stages:
1) Contact an ISDS Supervisor to agree on a research topic and to prepare a research project. He or she will also give you the provisional agreement necessary to obtain the Admission Letter from the Ministry of Education and visa. However, this provisional agreement does not guarantee your entrance into the doctoral programme. For this, you will need to successfully participate in the admission colloquium. Check here the list of supervisors that accept students at the ISDS-UB.
2) Prepare and submit your admission file
3) Participate and pass the Admission Colloquium
4) Validate your place– for this, you are required to come to our office and present in original all the online submitted documents.
The admission contest has two parts: an evaluation of the candidate’s admission folder and an oral presentation on the proposed topic. The oral presentation is followed by a session of questions from the committee. The presentation is performed using a digital file (e.g. PowerPoint type) and includes topics related to the proposed doctoral research theme, the justification of its importance, the proposed objectives, the stages of the research to be carried out, and methodology. The electronic form of the presentation should be sent by email, at email@example.com, at least 3 days before the colloquium.
Once enrolled in the admission contest, you will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
a) The quality of your presentation and proposed research theme (scientific context and research motivation, definition of research objectives, research methodology, expected results, degree of innovation, degree of interdisciplinarity) (50%);
b) The ability to achieve the proposed objectives (30%);
c) Your previous academic and scientific results (school situation, scientific articles, extra-curricular activities, etc.) (20%).
The results of the admission colloquium will be published in the Announcement Section of our website, following their validation by the Board of the Doctoral School and by the Central Admission Commission of the University of Bucharest. The candidates will also be notified by email.
A guide about how to prepare the admission file is presented here. Kindly note that to validate your study place, you will need to bring all the documents in original to our office. If your file was submitted online, any differences may stop your registration process.
The annual tuition fee for Non-EU Students is 3400 EUR. Scholarships are provided to Non-EU students by the Romanian Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but you will need to apply for a scholarship by April 30, 2021. Further details are provided here.
For extensive information regarding the doctoral school, including updates on the admission process, please check our website, at isds.unibuc.ro.
For further information or should you have problems with your application, contact us at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.