PhD STARS program


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 4-year study period for those students, who will obtain grade "A" (excellent) in a 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 PhD 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

OPEN CALLS: Ph.D. positions

Now we have 46 open calls with the deadline for application on March 15, 2019. You can choose up to 3 positions.

Choose a project from All Open Calls

  • Actin and related protein complexes in plant cortical cytoplasm involved in cell wall synthesis.
  • Biogeochemical cycling of mercury (Hg) in organic soils using stable Hg isotopes.
  • Computational modelling of the desalination process using polyelectrolyte hydrogels.
  • The contribution of spatial variation in species’ elevational ranges to mountain diversity patterns.
  • Deciphering the relationships between the μ-opioid, TLR4 and TRPV1 receptors.
  • Design and biochemical analysis of proteins/protein libraries incorporating unnatural amino acids.
  • Design of novel catalysts by modification of labile extra-large pore germanates and germanosilicates.
  • Development of enantioselective methodologies based on multi-catalytic systems.
  • Development of multi-electrode detectors for electrochemical flow detection.
  • Differentiation of colonies and biofilms of yeast pathogen Candida glabrata.
  • Dynamics and persistence of avian blood parasite infection.
  • Earth observation for vegetation classification and quantitative parameters retrieval in selected ecosystems with varying species heterogeneity.
  • Earth observation Sentinel and Landsat data in the Land Cover/Land Use Change.
  • Ecological determinants of nectar robbing in pollination networks.
  • Effect of the microenvironment of hepatitis B virus-infected hepatocytes on plasmacytoïd dendritic cell functions.
  • Evolutionary relationships within the Eurasian polyploid complex Cardamine amara s.l.: the role of parallel ecotypic differentiation and whole genome duplication.
  • Experimental cancer immunotherapy, tumour heterogeneity, and overcoming tumour immune escape.
  • Food production strategies and genetic adaptations of human populations in Africa.
  • Germline-restricted chromosome in songbirds: Understanding its genetic composition and potential role in reproductive isolation.
  • Hybrid Nanostructures Based on Polymer-Ions Interaction.
  • Hypoplastic model for unsaturated expansive clays used in simulations of bentonite homogenization for nuclear waste repositories.
  • Impact of border processes on socioeconomic development in border regions in Central Europe.
  • Interactions between plant exocyst and pathogen response pathways.
  • Microreactors and microfluidic reactors for the synthesis of fine chemicals – the green alternative to standard processes.
  • Modelling of weak polyelectrolytes interacting with multivalent ions.
  • Oocyte maturation and early embryogenesis in mammals as an excellent model for investigation of translation regulated in time and space.
  • Operando computational modelling of materials.
  • Plasticity of cancer cells invasiveness and its targeting by migrastatic drugs.
  • Predicting slope stability using hypoplastic models.
  • Rational design of hierarchical zeolites for the synthesis of fine chemicals.
  • Rational synthesis of zeolitic materials and their characterization by advanced electron microscopy methods.
  • Regulation of cancer cell invasiveness by stress-associated signalling.
  • Repeating earthquakes as a tool to understand seismic swarm processes.
  • Retention mechanism of glycopeptides in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography.
  • Spaces of Social Exclusion: Spatial Inequality, Social Injustice, and Urban Change.
  • Species traits of soil fauna and ecosystem functions during recovery after major disturbance.
  • Structural and biophysical description of interactions of CD69, a human lymphocyte receptor, with its newly described protein ligands.
  • Sugar and pH-responsive multicompartment nano-assemblies for dual-drug solubilization and delivery.
  • Sustainability of sanitation (behaviour) change in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Synthesis, processing, and properties of high-temperature ceramic oxygen conductors.
  • The role of aspartyl beta-hydroxylase (ASPH) in tumours associated and non-associated with human papillomaviruses; Identification of genes influenced by the expression of ASPH.
  • Theoretical studies of endohedral fullerenes.
  • Transposable element dynamics of a Cape radiation.
  • Trends in the response of Central-European conifers to drought events.
  • Typicality and sex-typicality of human faces in cross-culture perception.
  • Variation in immune-related genes and their microbiota-associated evolution in parrots.

Information about Prague

Prague is one of the oldest political, economic and cultural centres of Central Europe. It is the capital as well as the largest city in the Czech Republic with more than 1,230,000 inhabitants. Importance of Prague is reflected in the level of its architecture and living art, quality of life, the 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 which 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 centre. The most efficient form of night transport is the network of night trams that run from about midnight until the metro reopens. Night trams run very precisely in 30-minute intervals.

Individual tickets are available at most tobacconists and newsstands. There are also ticket vending machines installed in all metro stations and at selected surface transit stops. Single transfer ticket can be also purchased as an SMS ticket via a mobile phone. Single tickets cost CZK 24 and CZK 32. The CZK 24 tickets are valid for 30 minutes and CZK 32 tickets for 90 minutes of unlimited travel. It is possible to change between trams, buses, the metro and trains (in the area of Prague) without having to buy a new ticket until the time period runs out.

When using local transport regularly, it is advisable to purchase season tickets. Passes are valid for unlimited travel on any bus, tram or metro line throughout the city area. Students above 26 years of age are not eligible for student discounts. More information about tickets are available here or here.

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 centres 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 August 2019

About the School

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