How to apply: admission step-by-step

1. Select the topic of your interest

The most important step in the admission process is selecting the study field that is right for you. You can study either the Structural Biology or Bio-omics. If you have not selected your field of study yet, explore our webpages to get the information about all the research groups you could join and work on your PhD project. The topics available in this Call 2018 are available here (link to Topics)

2. Contact the supervisor of your selected topic

Send him your academic CV and a motivational letter - let him know what experience you have and what you would like to do. Find out if your vision of the research topic and the study is in mutual consensus.

3. Submit the application

The applications will be accepted from 1 January to 15 March 2018  - check the dates here.

Candidates can apply via Faculty of Science of Masaryk University Brno using the electronic application: https://is.muni.cz/prihlaska.
Create a new application / Select Faculty of Science , Doctoral type of studies, Field Bio-omics OR Structural Biology / Full time study. If in doubt, please contact our Department of Strategy and Science (phd@ceitec.muni.cz).
Once the e-application will be properly completed, an admission fee in the amount of 400 CZK must be paid.

The following attachments are mandatory parts of the application - upload them to the e-application form. The documents must be submitted in PDF format, in English language.

  • Curriculum Vitae (specified form to be downloded here)
  • Letter of interest (specified form to be downloded here)
  • Supervisor Statement (specified form to be downloded here)
  • Copies of diplomas (BSc., MSc.) and diploma supplements / transcripts of records (if you have not finished your Master education yet, you can submit just the relevant transcripts of records)
  • References (specified form to be downloded here)
  • Foreign language (English) certificate – optional, not compulsory
  •  Recommendation form (specified form to be downloded here)
    This form is to be filled out by two referees (one of them has to be the Master thesis supervisor/advisor). Also these two recommendation forms are mandatory and must be submitted by your referees by 15 March 2018 – directly at phd@ceitec.muni.cz


A few tips for uploading the documents:

scan the documents and upload the files using the application interface
documents should be scanned at the lowest reasonable resolution (under 200 dpi), they must be printable on A4 paper (or its equivalent)
colour copies are not necessary - black and white or grey scale copies are recommended

If you need more information concerning the application forms and the correct way to fill them out please contact our Department of Strategy and Science (phd@ceitec.muni.cz).

4. Round 1 of the admission process: Application review

Round 1 of the admission process is based on your application and background information. Only complete applications will be accepted and reviewed.

You will be informed about the result of Round 1 of the admission by email by 3 April 2018. Should you be selected for the next round, you will also be sent information about the date and place of the admission interview.

5. Round 2 of the admission process: Interview

If you are selected for an admission interview, you need to reply within 3 days by e-mail and confirm your attendance. For candidates living abroad, personal attendance is not necessary - you can opt for participation in form of Skype conference.
The admission committee will be composed from at least 3 members – group leaders, senior researchers and members of the doctoral committee.

The interview (in English) with the PhD committee members will cover the following topics:

  • the field of study
  • dissertation thesis topic
  • research interests
  • career plans
  • your scientific habits
  • other related activities

The admission committee allocates points to interviewed candidates according to these assessment criteria:

  • knowledge in the field of Life Sciences
  • communication in English
  • supplied materials
  • general impression

The exam is successfully passed by candidates who get at least 85 points out of 100. However, passing this threshold does not guarantee admittance - as the number of positions is limited, only candidates with highest number of points will get the position. Maximum number of accepted students is 30.

The results of Round 2 of the admission process will be announced to applicants by e-mail by 4 May 2018. The written notification of the final decision will be sent within 15 days from the session of the main admission committee of the faculty.  If you are accepted to CEITEC PhD School, the decision will also contain information regarding enrollment.

6. Enrollment

Czech and Slovak candidates receive  the enrollment invitation at the beginning of July and should follow the instructions (the enrollment takes place at specified dates in late July). Enrollment of international students is solved individually, as it is subject to a Certificate of the Recognition of International Education in the Czech Republic (the recognition is compulsory for enrollment to study, not for the admission process). 

Read about recognition of education at Masaryk University.

The studies commence with the autumn semester, courses starts in mid-September 2018. See MU academic calendar. For Phd students in CEITEC Life Sciences programme, PřF (Faculty of Science) is relevant.