Developing scientific competence takes time and concentrated effort. We believe this is best achieved when Ph.D. students work on their research full-time. Doctoral students at IRTIS typically combine a Ph.D. scholarship with a part-time contract on one of our research projects. The work on the doctorate and other research activities (which are usually closely linked) should correspond to a full-time position in terms of workload and salary.
In Czechia, a significant change in the funding of doctoral studies is being prepared. Therefore, it is unclear what the Ph.D. scholarship will be in 2025 and onward (in 2023, it is 12,000 CZK/month netto). Regardless of these changes, the combined base rate (i.e., Ph.D. scholarship + IRTIS salary) for starting junior researchers is between 32,000 and 35,000 CZK per month (possibly more, depending on the change in the law). Throughout the Ph.D. studies, the salary increases with respect to performance.
In addition to the basic salary, IRTIS also provides a comprehensive bonus scheme. The bonuses are primarily based on the researcher's experience, participation in research projects, and publication and popularization activities. Doctoral students are eligible for the same bonuses as their IRTIS colleagues, i.e.:
- semi-annual bonus for good job performance (cumulative rewards for the work in the last six months, linked to regular semi-annual evaluations)
- bonuses for specific outputs or milestones, e.g., published scientific articles, media appearances
- funding for foreign business trips, international conferences, educational activities
All of this allows early career researchers to focus entirely on their research career without having to seek additional funding through projects or another job unrelated to their Ph.D. studies. However, it also means that remote work is not possible - we expect researchers to be present at the workplace (home office is possible, but not as the primary way of working). Similarly, combining a Ph.D. at IRTIS with another job (e.g., a part-time clinical practice) is very difficult.