29 Sep 2022, 14:18

Newsletter for PhD students and Postdocs

Dear PhD students and Postdocs,

Right now, you have in your hands the current issue of Newsletter in which we look back on the just concluded PhD Day 2022 and also MU Summer PhD School. The Newsletter is, as always, supplemented with current opportunities for further education. We will also look at last year's PhD studies survey results. We want to follow up on that survey again this year - but we'll need your help! Please share your opinion with us - fill in the questionnaire!

A Look Back at the PhD Day 2022

On September 14, 2022, the Bohunice Campus became the host of the inter-faculty PhD day.

The event was designed as an information session for new PhD students, providing them with the necessary information regarding doctoral studies, interdisciplinary training opportunities, student competitions, and presentations of popular mobility programmes. Master's students already considering PhD studies were also invited, and the PhD day gave them insight into this study's demands.

During the PhD day, all participating faculties (MUNI SCI, MUNI SPORT, MUNI MED, MUNI PHARM) and CEITEC Institute were represented by their representatives, sharing with the students the possibilities of supporting their PhD students in the form of mentoring, TAC (Thesis Advisory Committee) and social networking to building a scientific community.

One of the highlights of this year's PhD day was the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation in advancing PhD studies between the faculties in the Bohunice University Campus (MUNI SCI, MUNI SPORT, MUNI MED), the Faculty of Pharmacy and the CEITEC Institute. This connection has enabled closer cooperation and sharing in the field of interdisciplinary education of doctoral students. This prepared the ground for establishing the new MUNI Mendel Doctorandus study programme, whose ceremonial presentation was made by the Vice-dean for Doctoral Studies of the Faculty of Science, Luděk Bláha during the PhD day.

The new course MUNI Mendel Doctorandus (https://mmd.muni.cz/) provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary education, acquisition of soft skills and extended internships abroad. Last but not least, the successful graduate of this programme will also receive the European Doctorate, which is an additional benefit in the next steps of the career of our PhD students.

MMD article Record of MMD meeting

HR Award

What does HR Award mean for a PhD student at SCI MUNI?

Check our presentation and learn more about what has been done and what awaits us in the HR Award at SCI MUNI. Also, learn more about how we can support our Early Stage Researchers through this tool.

HR Strategy for Researchers

PhD Day 2022 & PhD Studies Questionnaire

Please take a few minutes of your time to fill in the questionnaire. With this short questionnaire, we would like to get feedback on your experience with the PhD Day 2022 and your overall satisfaction with your PhD studies at SCI MUNI. Your answers will help us to further improve doctoral studies and services provided at our faculty.

The Questionnaire Results of last year's Evaluation

Call for cooperation - Design people processes at the Faculty of Science with us! Join our Researcher Focus Group at SCI MUNI: the group is open, everyone is welcome! Apply via e-mail HRAward@sci.muni.cz (more information in HR Award presentation)

Summer School for doctoral students 2022

This August, the MU Research and Development Office organised the sixth Summer School for PhD students. The event was once again held at the University Centre in historic city of Telč, which is very favourable for this event and contributes to its great comfort.

The Summer School traditionally focuses on the development of pedagogical and communication skills of the participants. This year, for the first time, workshops and seminars in English were included in the programme so that foreign Masaryk university PhD students could also participate. The international setting and the presence of students from different disciplines contributed to very pleasant, creative and enriching environment in which we believe everyone felt comfortable.

This summer school which was very smartly organised, helped me to understand the fundamentals of these soft skills and practice them. It helped me know how to explain complicated things to people.

Our activities throughout school helped to gain confidence, do innovative work, develop leadership skills and, most notably, the right approach to teamwork.

Apart from this, meeting people from various disciplines and exchanging our knowledge and point of view was a lovely experience.“ (Isar, CEITEC)


One-Year Grants for Doctoral by DAAD

The DAAD Grant Programme for Early Stage Researchers (PhD and Postdocs) provides funding for a research project or further academic training at a state or state-recognised university in Germany for a maximum of 7 to 12 months. For the duration of the grant, you are entitled to a bonus of €1,200 for doctoral candidates, or €861 if you have not yet completed your PhD studies. An independent expert committee will assess your application according to three criteria: Professional qualifications, Quality of the research project, and Potential of the applicant (More information on the application process here). The programme is suitable for PhD students and postdocs who want to improve their language skills, join an international research team, and, finally, experience a different culture.

More Info

Bilateral Exchange of Academics with Germany

Become a part of the DAAD programme supporting exchanges of scientists and academics from partner countries. These exchanges are cultural exchange programmes and bilateral agreements with foreign partner organisations. If you are an experienced academics and scientist, who have usually completed a doctoral degree and worked at a university or research institute, you can apply! The duration of an exchange placement varies from 7 days to 3 months - The required time of your stay shall be mentioned in the application.The researchers on secondment are awarded a monthly stipend of 2,000 Eur with transport and accommodation costs covered by the sending country.

More Info


Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators

Join the Young Scientist Competition in Molecular Biology, which recognises outstanding contributions to biomedical research based on molecular biology methods, including new analytical concepts. Eppendorf has been organising this competition for young scientists up to 35 since 1995, and 2023 will be no exception. If you are interested in taking part in the competition, please prepare an essay about your research along with any other supporting documents you can submit to the contest from October 1, 2022 (link www.eppendorf.com/award/application)

The winner will receive the opportunity to publish their research in the journal Nature and a cash prize of €20,000!

Applications for the 2023 award will be accepted from October 1, 2022 until January 15, 2023.

Make a note of this date, so you don't miss the competition!

More Info / Application

Interesting Sites to Follow

Develop Your Skills MUNI Mendel Doctorandus
Life Science Seminar Student´s Competitions at MU
All issues of Newsleters for PhD students and Postdocs can be found here

Distributed by: Office for Doctoral Studies, Quality, Academic Affairs and Internationalization


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