PhD Supervisors

Doctoral study is mainly designed as individual study, in which the professional relationship between the Supervisor and the student plays the key role. Their mutual communication shall be expressed by fulfilling the  individual  study  plan. The  Supervisor's  work  is  essential  for the doctoral study. The Supervisor is responsible for the quality of the doctoral project (topic) and for expert supervision of the student.


The   Supervisor   in   a   member   of   academic   staff   (Associate   Professor,   Professor    or accomplished specialist), who with regard to the expertise at national and international level, personal integrity and moral qualities represents a guarantee of superior and proper supervision of the student. The Supervisor shall also possess enough time  availability to advise and consult the student. Each Supervisor shall prove adequate knowledge of the valid internal regulations of the University.

  • A Supervisor for the  given student shall be appointed and dismissed by the Dean  on the  proposal  of  the  Subject  Area  Board;  the  appointment  or  the  removal   of the Supervisor  by  the  Dean  shall   be   filed   in   the   student’s   records   kept   by the Faculty;
  • The scientific-research activity of the  student  may take  place  under  the  guidance  of a Supervisor who is not employed by Charles University, or who is employed at a different workplace than Charles University, provided an agreement between Charles University or the relevant Faculty and the particular supervisor or workplace has been concluded;
  • Together with the student, the Supervisor shall prepare a proposal for the individual study plan, including the topic of the dissertation; if the student does not exercise his/her right to participate in drawing up the individual study plan, it will be established by the Supervisor.
  • approves the topic of dissertation proposed by the student or helps the student formulate it;
  • shall continuously monitor the fulfilment of the student's study obligations and consult the results of the study with the student on a regular basis;
  • shall  check  that  the   content   of   the   dissertation   corresponds   to   the   content of the programme/branch  of  study  that   the   student   is   studying.   In   the   case  of inconsistency with the content of the programme/branch of study, the Supervisor shall propose a solution to the Subject Area Board;
  • shall evaluate fulfilment of the individual study plan in  writing on a regular basis  (at least  once  a  year)  and  present  this  evaluation  to   the   Subject  Area   Board for approval;
  • shall express own opinion on the content of the individual agreements, the so-called cotutelle (agreements on joint supervision of dissertations between Charles University and a foreign university), especially with regard to the individual study plan;
  • recommends, together with the Subject Area Board, a student's request for a change of study form to the dean; after the standard length of the student's study, his recommendation is no longer required;
  • may propose to the Subject Area Board that an Advisor from among appropriate experts shall be appointed to supervise the student during a particular section or time period  of doctoral study due to the Advisor's special expertise or methodical and technical possibilities;
  • Together with the relevant workplace they shall provide their own/individual operational and technical facilities for the student;
  • shall remain in regular contact with the student;
  • shall supervise and provide guidance to the student, recommend specialised literature (resources), teach the student to be in the company of  experts,  to present the results  of own research work to  the  public  (soft  skills),  teach  the  student  to  raise  funds to finance the projects, help  him  establish  expert  contacts  at  home  and  abroad  and enter the international scientific community, pass their knowledge on to students and enable them to teach to a reasonable and suitable extent according to their approved individual study plans.

An Advisor, as  a  leading  specialist  in  the  relevant  area,  is  able  to  guide  the  student  and complement  the  expert  activities  of  the  Supervisor.  The  Advisors  are  responsible   for the Supervisor's obligations that were entrusted to them. However, the Advisor cannot replace the primary responsibility of the Supervisor for the expert aspect of the student's doctoral study.

  • may be proposed by the supervisor or the student and shall be chosen from among appropriate experts to supervise the student within a particular section or time period of doctoral study due to the Advisor's special expertise or methodical and technical possibilities;
  • The Advisor for the given  student  shall  be appointed  and  dismissed  by the  Dean  on the proposal  of  the  Subject  Area  Board; the  appointment  or  the  removal  of the Advisor by the Dean shall be filed in the student’s records kept by the Faculty;
  • is not usually from the same workplace as the Supervisor;
  • does not have to be employed by Charles University provided an agreement between Charles University or the relevant faculty and the particular Advisor or the workplace has been concluded. The Advisor shall be co-responsible for the realisation of the doctoral project;
  • shall be in regular contact with the student; in addition,  the Advisor communicate  with the Subject Area Board and the Supervisor, or also with the Dean.

See the list of Supervisors in the Study Information System (SIS). This is a list of active Supervisors, i.e. Supervisors who currently supervise at least one student.

Published: 24. 4. 2019 / Last update: 6. 6. 2019 / Responsible person: ThDr. Jitka Sýkorová, Ph.D.