Education sector: Biology, Ecology and Environment

Study program: Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems

doctoral study, combined form  
Rules for the 1st round of the admission procedure and conditions for the admission to study in the academic year 2021/2022 are regulated by the Dean's measure No. 29/2020 Rules for the 1st Round of the Admission Procedure and Conditions for the Admission to Study in the Academic Year 2021/2022.

Postgraduate study in the accredited study field Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems represents an interesting possibility to continue with acquiring new scientific knowledge according to an individual study plan. This study deepens knowledge and abilities acquired in the master study in relation to detailed professional specialization usually in context with current scientific and research issues in environmental chemistry, toxicology, aquatic ecology and molecular biology etc. Students will be included in working groups in scientific laboratories of our faculty based on their dissertation topic. Aside ability to work in team, students will be requested to show creativity and self-activity and ability to publish results in scientific literature. Study aims to prepare students for their future research, scientific or pedagogical career at universities or research institutions and top-management of big companies even transnational ones.

• It is a daily study with minimum of 25 days of vacation + 12 days of national holiday.
• The study is free of charge – when you study in standard period.
• Under this study a scholarship will be paid to you.
• You will get a minimal work load at our faculty of 10 %. Under certain condition it might be up to 100 %.
• Your average monthly income (scholarship + salary) will be about 15,000 – 20,000 CZK. Excellent students can have income even more than 20,000 CZK.
• It is an English program.


1) Look at the offered themes of Ph.D. thesis for forthcoming academic year and select one of them. The themes are here.
2) Get in contact with supervisor written by the selected theme. In case of a mutual deal, complete the application form to study at a university (also available on here) or on-line application on, from which then print the application form. The name of the field of study, the form of study and the language of study (Czech or English) must be specified in the application.

3) Include all necessary attachments:
  • List of marks and credits from passed subjects of bachelor´s and master’s study verified by the study department (office) of the respective university, where the student studied – this applies to applicants for doctoral study, who have a possibility to be accepted without an admission interview. This obligation is not for students of the FFPW USB.

  • An original or an officially certified copy of a diploma of completed Master´s or higher degree. This applies to applicants who completed the Master´s or higher degree of study before the deadline for submitting applications for study. Applicants, who complete Master´s or higher degree of study after the deadline for submitting application for study, submit the proof of completion of study immediately after they receive it and no later than the date of enrolment to the Doctoral study. In case the applicant obtained his/her education at a foreign university, the applicant shall submit the original or an officially certified copy of an official document confirming the completion of full university education giving entitlement to a doctoral study program in that country. The document shall be authenticated in accordance with § 52 of the Act No. 97/1963 Coll., on Private and Procedural International Law, as amended, unless the international treaty specifies otherwise. The above document shall be accompanied by (i) an official translation of the above mentioned document into Czech or English, (ii) an English original, an officially certified copy of the English original or an official translation of the list of the applicant's completed study obligations from a Master's study degree issued by the relevant university; (iii) an officially certified copy of the English original or an official translation of a document confirming the achievement of the applicant's bachelor's study degree (if applicable); and (iv) an English original, an officially certified copy of the English original or an official translation of the applicant's completed study obligations from a bachelor's study degree issued by the relevant university. Official translations of original documents can be done in Czech or English. In case of doubt, the FFPW USB may request the submission of a document proving the equivalence of the foreign study and the applicant's diploma with study in a Master's study program accredited at a university in the Czech Republic issued as its Rector's decision by such university in the CR (pursuant to § 89 and 90 of the Higher Education Act).

  • Cover letter giving reasons for interest in studying a Doctoral study program at the FFPW USB and explaining the choice of a PhD thesis topic and a brief idea of a method or a procedure of handling the selected PhD thesis topic. Applicants register for a specific PhD thesis topic by selecting a topic from a list of topics offered for given admission procedure. The list of offered topics of PhD theses is available on the FFPW USB website.
  • Brief structured curriculum vitae containing details about the achieved education, expert or scientific and research activities, list of publications and lectures or reviews of expert activities.
  • Employer's recommendation for the applicant's study - it applies to applicants for combined study. This document is not mandatory but will be taken into account in the admission procedure.

All attachments except for the documents verifying the level of achieved education can be delivered as e-attachments when submitting the application online by 10th May 2021 (by e-mail to the address of the Study Office or as an attachment to online application to study). In case of fields of study taught in English, the application and all attachments must be in English.

If there are any formal deficiencies in the application, the Study Office prompts these applicants to remove them. In case that substantial formal deficiencies are not removed by 14th May 2021, such applications will be excluded from the admission procedure. Applicants are responsible for accuracy of data provided in the application. If the applicant specifies incorrect information in the application, they can be excluded from the admission procedure or they will not be allowed to enrol to study at the FFPW USB.
Applications for study shall be sent to the following address: 

University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters
Office DSP and foreign relationship
Zátiší 728/II
389 25 Vodňany

Czech Republic

4) Pay a fee of 500 CZK for processing of your application and admission procedure (see details below).
5) Wait until you are contacted by our study office with further instructions
6) In case of doubts, feel free to contact our study office. Contact is shown below.
All applicants whose application is not eliminated by the Admission Committee from the admission procedure due to formal imperfections are invited to take part in an admission interview. The admission interview can also be conducted in well-founded communication technologies. However, in this case it is the applicant who bears the risk related to their evaluation due to low-quality connection. Applications of the applicants who do not participate in the admission interview are eliminated from the admission procedure.
During the admission interview, an applicant must prove sufficiently broad basic knowledge iof animal biology, fishery, water ecology and chemistry. Basic knowledge of professional literature in the field with a clear idea of the topic of his / her Ph.D. thesis topic and methods of handling a given topics and showing interest in a scientific work are expected. An integral part of the admission interview is verification of the ability to communicate in English language.
The admission committee assigns 0-15 points to the applicant on the basis of the oral interview. Another 0-15 points will be assigned to the applicant on the basis of information about previous education, experience, publication and pedagogical activity etc. In this evaluation, the committee of the admission procedure will also take into account the position of the head of the relevant organizational unit of the faculty, where the student is going to work, and a point of view of a possible trainer of an applicant if he/she is not a member of the Admission Comittee. The evaluation itself will be created by the average of the points proposed by the present members of the committee, rounded to two decimal places. Applicants, who do not receive more than 20 points, cannot be admitted to study.
If more than one applicant is assigned to the topic of dissertation, the candidate who receives the highest score will be accepted. In the case of the same number of points, the lot decides about the selected applicant. If one candidate is assigned to a given topic and he / she obtains at least 20 points from the admission committee, he / she will be accepted for study after the other conditions are fulfilled. Applicants who gain more than 20 points, but the topic of the Ph.D. thesis they have applied for will be filled by an applicant with a higher number of points, will be offered the opportunity to accept free topics of Ph.D. thesis if their supervisors are interested. Offering topics of vacant dissertations will be done according to the instructions of supervisors who issue them.
The admission procedure for the Doctoral study program is held in English language; other conditions for the admission procedure for the Doctoral study are identical to the remain conditions mentioned above. Fees for the study conducted in English are stipulated by the Dean of the faculty in an individual measure which is taken befor the date of the submission of applications.
  • Applicants who obtain more than 20 points from the Admission Commitee and whose place is among students to be admitted or who agree on selecting a free topic later and who meet other conditions to be admitted to the study are notified of their admission.
  • Applicants who obtain more than 20 points from the Admission Commitee and whose place is among students to be admitted or who agree on selecting a free topic later but who do not meet the conditions for admission (applies to students who did not obtain the Master's degree at the time of the admission interview or whose foreign studies are not acknowlodged in the Czech Republic) are notified about the fact that they meet the admission conditions and that they will be admitted after meeting all the conditions.
  • Applicants who do not obtain more than 20 points from the Admission Commitee or whose place is not among the students to be admitted and who are not offered another free PhD thesis topic, or students who do not meet other conditions (mainly with regard to proving their achieved Master's degree according to the above-mentioned conditions) are not admitted to the study or the admission procedure with them is stopped.
The admission interview for the Doctoral study will take place from 24th May to 4th June 2021 (subject to change). Date, time and place of the admission examination is sent to the applicants' contact email addresses stated in their application no later than 7 days before the date of the admission interview.


The fee for the activities associated with the admission procedure is CZK 500 and must be paid by the time of the application submission, preferably by a bank transfer or by a post money order to:
Company name: Jihočeská univerzita v Českých Budějovicích
Company address: Branišovská 1645/31a, České Budějovice
Account Number: 104725778/0300
Bank: Československá obchodní banka, a.s.
Address of bank: Hroznová 63/1, České Budějovice, 370 01
IBAN for payment abroad: CZ2003000000000104725778
BIC for payment from abroad: CEKOCZPP
variable symbol: 6020109
specific symbol: for an electronic application, it is the number of the field of study, for a paper application, it is the applicant's birth certificate number without a slash or their date of birth in the format DDMMYYYY for applicants without a birth certificate number

constant symbol: 378 for payment by a bank transfer; 379 for payment by a post money order
In case of problems with the payment, the applicants will be asked to evidence the payment for the admission procedure (bank statement, bank confirmation of the transfer, coupon from the post money order, etc.).


Are you missing information? Did you not find answers to your questions? Contact the study office:
Bc. Lucie Kačerová
study office of doctoral study of the FFPW USB
Tel.: +420 38 777 4736, +420 734 269 084