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Elementary rights and duties

Elementary rights and duties of Doctoral study programme students at FSci USB in České Budějovice

The rights and duties of the student are based on Act No. 111/1998 on Institutions of Higher Education, the Study and Examination rules of University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, and the Provisions of the Dean on the organisation of study in the Doctoral Study Programme FSci USB and on student scholarships in Doctoral Study Programmes. These regulations contain the full wording of all the rights and duties of the student.

The Doctoral student has the right:

  1. to nominate their own supervisor;
  2. to enroll in study within the set deadline on the basis of the notification of admission to study;
  3. to receive a scholarship for the standard period of study in full-time form, the amount of which is determined by a provision of the Dean;
  4. to request a change in the topic of their thesis, which is to be approved by the supervisor and the specialist board (SB);
  5. to request a change in their individual study plan (ISP), which is to be approved by the supervisor and the SB;
  6. to request the Dean for a transfer from one form of study to another form of study in which the study programme is also accredited;
  7. to request the Dean for an interruption of their studies for up to two years;
  8. to interrupt their studies due to maternity/parenthood (recognized parenthood is not to be included in the maximum interruption period) or, if they continue to study, to request an adjustment of their ISP;
  9. to submit a reasoned request to the Dean with a statement from the SB on a change of supervisor, conditional upon the student's fulfillment of their study obligations. In the case of a request for a specific new supervisor, the consent of the proposed supervisor is required;
  10. to request that the SB sets out the scope of requirements and focus of their State Final Examination (SFE);
  11. to withdraw from the defense if they have not received the opinions of the opponents at least six days before the date of the defense;
  12. to repeat a failed SFE and defense, if the maximum time for their completion has not expired (for the SFE by the end of the fifth year, for the defense by the end of the maximum study period);
  13. and obligation to be in regular contact with their supervisor;

The doctoral student has a duty:

  1. to set up a faculty e-mail address and a USB Student Identification Card immediately after enrollment in study. Instructions for the first login are to be found here.
  2. to submit their "Individual Study Plan" (ISP) to the SB (electronically through the Department of Student Affairs) within two months from the start of their study. The ISP must be developed with their supervisor on the basis of the conclusions of the admission procedure. The ISP consists obligatorily of a) the completed form, which is available on the website of the Faculty of Science; b) a list of courses set and recommended by the admissions committee, including the expected time schedule for their completion, reflecting their eventual prerequisites; c) a general work schedule of their thesis development; and d) a plan for their first year of study; the content, form, and scope of which is to be determined by the SB. Attached to the ISP is to be the Thesis Project Proposal, which the student used for the admission procedure. The plan approved by the SB is to be sent electronically to the Department of Student Affairs by the Chairman of the SB. This makes the ISP binding to the student.
  3. to renew their student status in the form of electronic enrollment in announced period before the beginning of each semester (beginning of June for winter semester, mid January for summer semester), when they enroll in IS STAG upon the course "Doctoral Practice" and possibly other subjects, particularly the subjects specified in the ISP and language courses (enrolling in them gradually, semester by semester, for courses for which they wish to take the credit or examination). At the end of their first semester of study, at the end of their first year of study, and at the end of each academic year, the Department of Student Affairs is to check the fulfillment of study obligations according to IS STAG; it is in the student's interest to deliver the required documents to the guarantors of non-teaching courses (internships, conferences) in time and to check the assignment of credits and exam results by the course guarantors.
  4. to work systematically on their dissertation project. The fulfillment of this obligation is to be confirmed by their supervisor every semester by granting a credit from the subject "Doctoral Practice".
  5. to prepare a critical literary review on the issues of their thesis and to present the methodology and intentions of the thesis at a seminar, both during the first year of study. They are to send the review, approved by the supervisor, in electronic form to the Chairman of the SB by the end of the tenth month of their first year of study. Credits for the completion of the subjects Literary Review and Doctoral Seminar are awarded by the Chairman of the SB.
  6. to present annually the progress and results of their work at a seminar approved by the SB. Credit for the completion of the Doctoral Seminar course is awarded by the Chairman of the SB.
  7. to complete annually the "Annual Progress Report" form, in which they are to state the fulfillment of their duties and briefly describe the progress of their scientific work. The supervisor is to complete the annual report with their opinion on the student's progress on the thesis project and send it in electronic form by 31.10. to the Department of Student Affairs, which is to supplement it with completed courses specified in the ISP and forward it to the SB.
  8. to perform, by the end of the standard study period a) pedagogical activity in the range of 42 hours during the study period (the obligation of pedagogical activities does not apply to students in the combined form of study and in English study programmes); b) the successful completion of specified courses and English, c) a presentation of their results at an international conference. By the end of the study thez must further publish at least part of the results of their Doctoral Thesis (in a journal with an IF of over 0.5 and to be the first author of at least one article) and complete an internship abroad (this can be completed as multiple stays of at least 14 days, the overall minimum length is one month, the recommended length is three months).
  9. to register for the State Doctoral Examination during the fifth year of study at the latest, so that they complete it by the end of the fifth year of study. The student is to submit the thesis and other requisites for the defense of their thesis so that it does not exceed the maximum length of study, which is six years. An interruption of studies is not to be included in the study period.
  10. to pay close attention to the ethics of scientific work, including the truthful publication of the obtained results. On all publications created in connection with the work on the PhD thesis and on possible other outputs, they are always to state as their workplace the Faculty of Science USB:

Přírodovědecká fakulta Jihočeské univerzity (PřF JU)
Branišovská 1760
370 05 České Budějovice

Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia (FSci USB)
Branišovská 1760
370 05 České Budějovice

Students with supervisors at FFPW USB are to list affiliation to FSci and FFPW USB.

PDF

 

Individual study plans
  • Individual Study Plan (docxpdf), compulsory and elective courses (pdf) in Doctoral Study Programme APPLIED PHYSICS
  • Individual Study Plan (docxpdf), compulsory and elective courses (pdf) in Doctoral Study Programme BIOCHEMISTRY
  • Individual Study Plan (docxpdf), compulsory and elective courses (pdf) in Doctoral Study Programme BIOPHYSICS
  • Individual Study Plan (docxpdf), compulsory and elective courses (pdf) in Doctoral Study Programme BOTANY
  • Individual Study Plan (docxpdf), compulsory and elective courses (pdf) in Doctoral Study Programme ECOSYSTEM BIOLOGY
  • Individual Study Plan (docxpdf), compulsory and elective courses (pdf) in Doctoral Study Programme ENTOMOLOGY
  • Individual Study Plan (docxpdf), compulsory and elective courses (pdf) in Doctoral Study Programme INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY
  • Individual Study Plan (docxpdf), compulsory and elective courses (pdf) in Doctoral Study Programme LIMNOLOGY
  • Individual Study Plan (docxpdf), compulsory and elective courses (pdf) in Doctoral Study Programme PARASITOLOGY
  • Individual Study Plan (docxpdf), compulsory and elective courses (pdf) in Doctoral Study Programme ZOOLOGY 
GA USB

The Grant Agency of the University of South Bohemia (GAJU) supports students in two ways:

a) as members of the team projects (managed by a JU employee, but at least half of the team members must be students). The projects last for three years and there may be a turnover of students during the project‘ duration. The project enables the team members to draw funds for research activities, including travel expenses and regular and extraordinary scholarships. Each included student must be within the standard period of study plus one year.

b) as a principal investigator of individual projects (submitted by students), which are usually focused on research activities carried out by students of the doctoral study program in full-time study (and during the standard study time).

The duration of an individual project is 1 or 2 years.

Financial support of internships

Information on the possibilities of financing student´s research stays abroad

A. stays 5 – 30 days long - support from team GA USB projects, your supervisor´s projects, RVO money at your department, ERASMUS programme

B. 1 - 2 months long stays in EU countries (members of the ERASMUS program) and stays longer than a month in countries which are not members of ERASMUS program - support from the university project supporting students´ mobility, team GA USB projects, your supervisor´s projects, RVO money at your department

C. 2 - 12 months long stays in EU countries (members of the ERASMUS program) - support from the ERASMUS program

For more information about ERASMUS programme – visit this page or contact Mgr. Okosy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Mgr. Okosy has also the information on specific support possibilities for individual countries - Austria, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, ...
Please note that foreign students cannot ask for support of their stay in their home country from the ERASMUS program.

For support from team GA USB project contact principal investigator of your team GA USB project.

For support from the university project supporting students´ mobility contact the vice-dean for doctoral studies. A MOTIVATION LETTER (see below) is part of the application. After your return, you must submit the FINAL REPORT, in which you describe fulfilment of the goals specified in the motivation letter, and attach a CONFIRMATION LETTER from the visited institution about the length of your visit.

Every study or research stay abroad has to be registered BEFORE your departure (you can find the form named Student´s international mobility form at https://www.prf.jcu.cz/en/faculty/documents/forms). 

Do not forget to ask for a CONFIRMATION LETTER from the visited institution about the length of your visit at the end of your stay (to receive credits).

IF THE APPROPRIATE SUPPORTING SOURCE IS THE UNIVERSITY PROJECT FOR STUDENTS' MOBILITY SUPPORT, send a short motivation letter to vice-dean for doctoral studies (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) including:
- Your name
- Year of study (you must be a 5th-year or younger student DURING your whole internship)
- Study program / your thesis subject
- Destination (institution, name of visited person, country)
- Length of the stay abroad (if you have a more precise idea about possible dates of your stay, please, specify them)
- Goals (clearly defined)
- Financial budget (airfare or ticket price, accommodation price: cheap accommodation of dormitory type,...; what other financial resources you have - your supervisor´s project, support from the Academy of Sciences, ... SPECIFY).
If the final length of your stay will be shorter than specified in your motivation letter or you will change the destination to a cheaper country, the financial support will be reduced proportionally.

What is taken into account?
- length of the stay and the level of expenses for the visited country, together with the total amount of financial means which are available;
- each student can ask for a financial support of no more than one internship per year (from this project);
- internship of students who have not spent at least one month at a research stay abroad yet will be preferred;
- in the case of an internship longer then 3 months, only support up to three months can be offered.

Forms

Do you need to submit the Individual Study Plan, to report your internship for registration, to reimburse teaching, to interrupt your study, to register for the state exam/dissertation defense, to fill out the annual report for the first time (or look at the instructions on how to fill out the Annual Report submitted last year for this year)? Forms and instructions can be found in the Forms section.

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