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What is Polish Association of Doctoral Candidates?

Polish Association of Doctoral Candidates (KRD), in accordance with The Law on Higher Education and Science [Prawo o szkolnictwie wyższym i nauce Dz.U.2022.0.574 t.j.], has the right to express opinions and submit motions on matters relating to all doctoral candidates, including issuing statements on normative acts concerning postgraduate candidates. Polish Association of Doctoral Candidates appoints two of its representatives to the Central Council of Science and Higher Education.

Bodies of the Polish Association of Doctoral Candidates

1) Congress of Delegates;

2) Chairman of the KRD;

3) the Board;

4) the Audit Committee;

5) Advisory Board;

6) PhD Candidates Rights Ombudsman;

The current tasks of the Polish Association of Doctoral Candidates octoral Candidates are also supported by the Board’s Representatives, who are appointed in specific areas of activity. The current list of Plenipotentiaries is published on our website: Link

How does KRD operate?

The tasks of the KRD are specified in the statute: Link

The main duties are i.e.:

1) representing and promoting the environment of doctoral candidates, as well as their educational, social, economic, and cultural needs;

2) expressing opinions and presenting motions in matters concerning all doctoral candidates, including issuing statements on draft normative acts;

3) protection of the rights and interests of doctoral candidates within the country and abroad;

4) taking care to improve the quality of doctoral candidates education;

5) supporting and promoting the self-government initiatives among doctoral candidates;

6) creating and promoting within the doctoral candidates society the attitudes focused on active cooperation in the development of civil society;

7) identification and removal of barriers to the scientific, cultural, and sports development of doctoral candidates;

8) improving knowledge, skills, and social competencies among doctoral candidates through information, scientific and cultural activities in the field of higher education and science, education, education, physical education and culture, behavior, and activities improving general mental well-being and preventing violent situations;

9) supporting the mobility of doctoral candidates;

10) conducting activities that disseminate science

11) promoting and disseminating good practices related to the implementation other KRD purposes.

KRD legal assistance

1. PhD Candidates Rights Ombudsman

The Ph.D. Candidates Rights Ombudsman is a person whose task is to uphold the rights of doctoral candidates, examining signals of suspected violation of doctoral candidates’ rights and possible intervention in the event of ascertaining the existence of breaches of rights of Ph.D. candidates.

The Ombudsman works by:

• mediation and investigation in individual cases (incl. appearing, with the consent of the person concerned, before the university authorities);

• monitoring and supporting the observance of doctoral candidates rights;

• developing and issuing reports and recommendations on problems with

observing the rights of doctoral candidates;

• organizing information campaigns.

Currently Ph.D. Candidates Rights Ombudsman: mgr Wojciech Kiełbasiński – PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń.

Contact: rzecznik@krd.edu.pl

2. KRD Legal Office

The main activity of the KRD Legal Office is analyzing, monitoring, and supporting the observance of the rights of doctoral candidates and doctoral candidates and legal services for the National Representation of Ph.D. candidates in the scope of their statutory activities.

Within the KRD Legal Office, there are two independent teams:

1) The Legal Team of the Ph.D. Candidates Ombudsman of the KRD;

2) the Legal Committee of the KRD.

3. Ongoing projects

1. Szkoła Młodego Naukowca Samorządowca (SMNS) – a program aimed at conducting training for representatives of the community of doctoral candidates studying both in doctoral schools and participants of postgraduate studies in facing constantly changing form of education for young scientists, as well as the changes taking place in science and higher education. The project is primarily intended to increase the awareness of doctoral candidates in the field of legal reality and equip them with necessary soft and hard skills. This goal is to be achieved through the training of a group of doctoral experts who, after completing the training, will conduct information meetings in academic centers across the country – Link

2. Popularizacja nie boli – a competition addressed to people who are passionate about science and want it to extend beyond the university walls – Link

3. Work & Science Forum – job fairs for Ph.D. candidates and young scientists; the objectives of the fair are: to educate doctoral candidates and candidates for postgraduate schools on the impact of professional experience collected during the doctorate on development opportunities in the private sector, signaling in the public space the problem of the lack of practical cooperation of the academic industry with R&D companies in Poland, identification of possible development paths, the definition of centers, institutions and regions with the highest development potential for young scientists, emphasizing the importance of implementation doctorates and the involvement of companies in the current model of doctoral education – Link