Ph.D. STARS program


Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Welcome to Prague, welcome to the Faculty of Science!

Faculty of Science, Charles University belongs to the leading research institutions in the Czech Republic. We are proud of our rich history and the number of famous scientists who have worked here (including the Nobel prize laureates Einstein and Heyrovsky). The members of our research groups are authors or co-authors of hundreds of publications in the most prestigious journals including Nature and Science. Do you want to contribute to new discoveries in science? Join us in the STARS program!

prof. RNDr. Jiri Zima, CSc., Dean


What do we offer within the STARS program?

All Ph.D. students receive a state-guaranteed scholarship of 10.500,- Czech crowns per month in their first year of study; the scholarship increases slightly (10.500,- + additional 2.000,- once the doctor examination is successfully passed) over the course of 4 years for which it is granted. In addition to the state scholarship, the STARS program students will also be granted the STARS-scholarship of at least 10.000 CZK per month. The STARS-scholarship is guaranteed for a 4-year study period for those students, who will obtain grade "A" (excellent) in regular each-year evaluation.

Their net income will, therefore, be at least 20.500 CZK per month (~800 EUR). The remuneration may be further augmented by the project supervisor. The Ph.D. students accepted for the STARS program will work on the selected scientific project under the guidance of the supervisor.

As STARS Ph.D. students you have access to:

  • Supervision
  • Advanced methodological courses
  • High-tech laboratories and core facilities
  • Soft skills training
  • Czech language courses for foreign students

Ph.D. positions

Now we have 54 open calls with a deadline for application on March 13, 2020. You can choose up to 3 positions.


  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Environmental Sciences

Check out our Stars projects!

Information about Prague

Prague is one of the oldest political, economic and cultural centers of Central Europe. It is the capital as well as the largest city in the Czech Republic with more than 1,230,000 inhabitants. The importance of Prague is reflected in the level of its architecture and living art, quality of life, degree of development of learning, and its cultural significance and reach.

It is one of the world's most beautiful and monumental cities. It is known as the city of a hundred spires because of its profusion of grand, beautifully-preserved historical monuments from practically every period in history. Those spires are best admired from the Prague Castle, the dominant of Prague and the most significant Czech monument, as well as from the bridges that cross the Vltava River meandering through the city...

Prague is a display of all artistic styles and movements. In 1992 the historical core of the city covering 866 hectares was listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register.


All Charles University students (including STARS students) are eligible for subsidized accommodation in university halls of residence. Shall you have any questions about accommodation, please contact Central Accommodation Office.

Private accommodation is not difficult to find in our university city. You can either rent a room in a shared flat or a whole flat.

ESN CU Prague

International Erasmus Student Network Charles University Prague (ESN CU Prague) is a student club that organizes various social, cultural and sports events for both international and Czech students from many faculties, and generally helps international students to handle their stay in Prague.

Prague Public Transport

Prague offers an excellent public transport system with its underground and numerous bus and tram lines. The metro is the quickest way to travel long distances across the city. It has three lines: A (green), B (yellow) and C (red). It closes down for the night shortly after midnight and reopens after 4 a. m. Trams and buses connect the metro system to outlying areas and are also a handy way to make short journeys in the city center. The most efficient form of night transport is the network of night trams that runs from about midnight until the metro reopens. Night trams run very precisely in 30-minute intervals.

Using taxi

Unfortunately, taxi drivers have quite a bad reputation in Prague. There is no standard price for taxi services, but drivers are required to display their prices, usually on the door. A reasonable price is around CZK 28 per km, but it is a good idea to agree on a price before committing to a ride and be sure that the meter is running while in the taxi. Usually reliable companies whose dispatchers speak English are AAA Taxi (Tel. +420 222 333 222; 14014) or ProfiTaxi (Tel. +420 261 314 151, 14015). Or you can use Uber, Taxify or Liftago, of course.

International airport and cheap flights

The international Vaclav Havel Airport Prague is one of the main destinations in Europe which services around 15 million passengers per year. Currently, 70 airlines connect Prague with more than 160 destinations worldwide by direct scheduled flights. Besides the traditional carriers, there is also a growing number of low-cost companies providing discount plane tickets to most of the main European cities and other interesting destinations.


Prague is also one of the cultural centers of Europe boasting more than ten major museums, along with countless theatres, galleries, cinemas, and music venues. The city regularly hosts a number of prestigious exhibitions, events, and international festivals. Prague is a city to create, exhibit and performs in.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague is leading academic institution in the field of natural sciences in Czech republic a Middle-european region. It provides education in biology, chemis ... Read More

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