22. 11. 2022, 9:48

Newsletter for PhD students and Postdocs

Dear PhD students and Postdocs,

the autumn semester is already in full swing, and you're probably very busy with research, meetings and lectures. Despite this, please take a few minutes to read this newsletter, customized just for you, Early-Stage Researchers - PhD students and Postdocs.

This ensures, that only information that you will really use and can help you in your studies or further education is included in the newsletter. We wish you pleasant reading and beautiful autumn days!

The MUNI Mendel Doctorandus Programme has been Officially Launched!

Although the launch of the new program for active PhD students took place during the PhD Day on September 14, 2022, we now had the opportunity to meet the newly enrolled students of the MMD programme face to face for the first time. The meeting took place on October 25, 2022, in the outdoor area of the Bohunice University Campus and was held in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Accepted students from the MMD programme were personally welcomed by the Vice Dean for Doctoral Studies of the Faculty of Science, prof. Luděk Bláha and other representatives of the University. The improvement of PhD education was also supported personally by prof. Tomáš Kašparovský, dean of the Faculty of Science. During the afternoon “kick-off Aperó”, we could celebrate together the successful start of the MMD programme.

A total of 45 students from all cooperating faculties and CEITEC Institute applied for the programme, and 43 students were accepted.

Most students applied for the programme from the Faculty of Science, which we are delighted about. We see this as a clear indicator that the students of the Faculty of Science are very active and interested in their studies beyond the regular standards.

Further applicants to the MUNI Mendel Doctorandus programme will have the opportunity to apply during January 2023.

Evaluation of PhD Day 2022 and Experience with Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Science MU - Questionnaire Servey

We already have results of the Questionnaire Survey 2022 for PhD students, which we invited you to complete in the last newsletter. Have a look at how you, PhD students, evaluated PhD Day 2022 and your doctoral studies at the Faculty of Science MU. What do you appreciate about your studies and what would you like to change? How much do you feel supported by your supervisor and lecturers? You answered these and other questions in the questionnaire, and now you can go through the results!

Thank you for taking time to fill in the questionnaire; it allows us to take your opinions into account and improve the services we provide to you at the Faculty of Science MU.

Questionnaire Survey

Fulbright Scholarship

The Fulbright Commission offers doctoral students the opportunity to continue their studies in the United States of America for a duration of their choice; let´s try your chance and apply!

In the Visiting Research Student programme, which is designed for PhD students to work on an independent research project, such as a dissertation, you can choose a duration of between 4 - 9 months. In this program, the scholarship will cover living expenses, a return airfare allowance and basic health insurance. More information about the fellowship can be found here.

The deadline for submission of the application is February 1st, 2023. So, you have plenty of time to work on your application and try to succeed. It could be the best year of your life!

* One of the main criteria for obtaining a scholarship is Czech citizenship and permanent residence in the Czech Republic.

You can also read an interview with Michal Bittner from the Faculty of Science (RECETOX), who shared his experiences from his year-long stay at Baylor University in Texas, USA.

Interview with M. Bittner Fulbright Scholarship for PhD - Flyer

New Online Seminars for PhD Students and Postdocs

Based on feedback from PhD students, the MU Central Library has created a seminar series that reflects their training and career development needs. For example, lectures about Open Science - Current status and emerging trends, Data Management Planning, or planning a scientific career after PhD studies - PhD grant landscape and beyond are offered. One of the seminars is also dedicated to a very popular topic for students - stays abroad, which you can find on the library's website under the title "How to: STAYS ABROAD for PhD students! Should I stay or should I go?"

All of these topics are written by subject matter experts and in English. All recordings of the training sessions can be found on the library's website under the link titled Seminars for PhD students – 2022.

On-line Seminars

1st Career Fair In Scala

The Rector's Office of Masaryk University has prepared for November 23-25, 2022, a Career Fair for doctoral students. The aim of the event is to provide an overview of career possibilities for young researchers. Students can also learn about career options, meet with interesting people and also network. The event is suitable mainly for those who have obtained or are about to obtain a PhD and are interested in opportunities for further careers but also for master's students who are thinking about whether they should do a PhD and want to know what opportunities they get with a PhD degree education.

MUNI PhD Career Days 2022 include workshops, presentations and discussions spread over three days.

Registration required

Held in English

The fair will be held at the university's cinema Scala / November 23-25, 2022

More Info + Registration for Event


Rudolf Lukeš Award

In cooperation with the Experientia Foundation, the Czech Chemical Society awards an annual prize to elite organic, bioorganic and medicinal chemistry scientists for their outstanding original work in the field, published in the last five years in prestigious international journals. The main mission of the competition is to raise the visibility of the best scientists and their achievements and thus to increase the motivation of the scientific community to achieve excellence. In addition, the competition's winner will receive a personal bonus of 100 000 CZK.

The application form for the competition is submitted in English as a PDF file sent electronically to the CSCH Secretariat (lukes.award@csvts.cz). More information about the competition is available here.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2023.

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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