The Jagiellonian University PhD Students' Association was founded in 1992, when the first statute of the Association was adopted. Since then, the Association's goals have remained unchanged. However, the ways of their implementation are changing.
Currently, the Association is involved on many levels - it represents doctoral students in front of the university authorities, participates in the granting of social assistance benefits, allocates places in dormitories, organizes training sessions, social meetings and sports activities, financially supports doctoral studies and conducts meetings promoting science, as well as many others.
In 2005, in connection with the entry into force of the Act of 27 July 2005 - Law on Higher Education, the organs of the Jagiellonian University PhD Students' Association were transformed into the organs of doctoral students' self-government of the Jagiellonian University. It was decided then to keep the historical name and since then the Jagiellonian University PhD Students' Association is the name of the self-government of doctoral students of the Jagiellonian University.
Introduced by the Act of 20 July 2018 - the Law on Higher Education and Science, the new model of education of doctoral students in doctoral schools replaced the current doctoral studies. Four doctoral schools have been created at the Jagiellonian University:
- Doctoral School of Humanities,
- Doctoral School of Medical Sciences and Health Sciences,
- Doctoral School of Social Sciences,
- Doctoral School of Sciences and Natural Sciences.
Thus, from October 1, 2019, the Jagiellonian University PhD Students' Association is formed simultaneously by two groups of doctoral students:
- doctoral students in doctoral schools, and
- participants of doctoral studies started before the academic year 2019/2020.
In addition to representing doctoral students before the Jagiellonian University authorities, the Jagiellonian University PhD Students' Association actively cooperates with doctoral students of other universities. In December 2005, with the participation of members of the Jagiellonian University PhD Students' Association, an Agreement of Doctoral Students of Krakow Universities was established, and at the beginning of 2006 representatives of the Jagiellonian University PhD Students' Association took part in the creation of the National Representation of Doctoral Students, which in the light of the aforementioned act represents the interests of doctoral students at the national level.