Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. Program in Environmental and Development Studies

Doctoral study programs are conducted in a full-time or combined form with a study period of four years. The doctoral study ends with the doctoral state examination and the dissertation defense, by which the students prove their ability to work independently. Graduates are awarded the academic title Doctor of Philosophy, abbreviated as Ph.D.

Deadline for the submission of applications (including the topic proposal and the supervisor):

30th April for the academic year starting in September

Further information about the application process and the requested documents are available here. Students are required to pay a processing fee (690 CZK, approximately 27 EUR) to cover administrative costs. The tuition fee for a Ph.D. program valid in 2023/2024 is 100 EUR per academic year (all students enrolled in degree programs in a foreign language are obliged to pay a tuition fee).

In addition to tuition fees, students are expected to cover the cost of their accommodation and subsistence, including food and travel.

Ph.D. Courses

A doctoral study program is a research degree, so students are expected to complete various stages of their dissertation and publish academic articles. An international research stay and international conference participation are required. Students can also take various elective courses that relate to environment and development.

A detailed Ph.D. study plan can be found here.


Governmental Scholarships

The Government of the Czech Republic offers scholarships within the framework of its Foreign Development Assistance in support of the study of foreign nationals from developing countries at public institutions of higher education in the Czech Republic. 

See the website of the Government of the Czech Republic for further information.

Fischer Scholarship for International Students at the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science offers the Fischer scholarship (named after a former Rector of Palacký University) to support international scholars during their Ph.D. studies. The number of scholarships awarded in the academic year is limited by the financial possibilities of the faculty. The scholarship is available for up to 48 months.

See the website of the Faculty of Science for further information.

Ph.D. Supervisors

prof. Ivo Machar, Ph.D. (Ph.D. program guarantor)

doc. Jaromír Harmáček, Ph.D.

doc. Zdeněk Opršal, Ph.D.

doc. Jiří Pánek, Ph.D.

doc. Miroslav Syrovátka, Ph.D.

doc. Pavel Nováček, CSc.

Current students

Tina Pourpakdelfekr

I joined the department in 2019 as a Master’s student in Foresight for Environment and Development and have since advanced to pursue my Ph.D. here. My research concentrates on measuring sustainable development, and currently, I’m studying the unequal distribution of human development indicators.


Mohamed Htitich

I’m originally from Casablanca, Morocco. After my master’s in applied econometrics, I joined the department in 2021 as a Ph.D. student. My research addresses the issue of global sustainability, where I investigate the potential countries’ sustainability performance and explore ways to reconcile the social, environmental, and economic pillars of sustainable development.