PhD. Programme

The Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences as an external educational institution conducts doctoral study programmes in the field of “World Cultures and Religions” and “Social Anthropology” on a full-time basis.

Doctoral study

PhD students carry out their studies at the IESA SAS, while being enrolled at the doctoral study desks of the respective faculties. Doctoral studies are conducted based on individual study plans under the leadership of a tutor from the IESA SAS, and consist of scientific, educational, and pedagogical activities. The scientific activities have the form of individual or team research work of the PhD student and are tied to the topic of the dissertation thesis. The educational part consists of attending lectures and seminars, and individual study of expert literature. PhD students complete mandatory and optional courses offered by the respective faculties, and the IESA SAS provides doctoral seminars for the 1st and 2nd year of the studies. The studies include pedagogical activities or other pedagogy-related specialised activities. The studies run based on a credit system of the given faculty, and PhD students must obtain credits from all (scientific, educational, and pedagogical) parts of their studies.

The PhD candidate is entitled to a scholarship amounting to €1,025.50 starting from September 1, 2023 (after the dissertation exam, €1,194.00).


For the academic year 2024/2025, the IESA SAS is opening two PhD positions.


In case of questions regarding doctoral studies at IESA SAS, you can contact the Doctoral Studies Officer Mgr. Miroslava Hlinčíková, PhD.


More information about the PhD studies at the Slovak Academy of Sciences can be found HERE.



Information for applicants

Topics of PhD theses (2024/2025)

A list of current doctoral theses at IESA SAS

Graduates (2021/2022)