Habilitation and professor degree

Habilitation is a procedure related to awarding the title of Associate Professor to a university lecturer. Associate Professors are appointed by the Rector of Palacký University. There are a few prerequisites for granting the status of an Associate Professor, i.e. a successful defense of the habilitation thesis before a committee, presenting a habilitation lecture, and other requirements, such as quotes and articles in professional journals and scientific experience.

Professor is the highest academic degree at a university. The title of a university professor is awarded to an associate professor who is a recognized scientific or artistic personality in his/her respective field and who successfully meets the conditions for the appointment of a professor. A proposal for appointing a professor is assessed by the Scientific Council of the faculty, followed by the Palacký University Scientific Council. Professors, upon the proposal of the Rector, are appointed by the President of the Czech Republic.

Accredited study fields

Fields of habilitation procedure and procedure for appointing professors accredited for the Faculty of Science are given in the following table.

Study field Accreditation of habilitation valid through Accreditation of professorship valid through
Algebra and Geometry November, 1 2023 November 1, 2023
Mathematical Analysis November 1, 2023 November 1, 2023
Biochemistry June 1, 2023 June 1, 2023
Analytical Chemistry November 1, 2023 November 1, 2023
Inorganic Chemistry December 31, 2023 December 31, 2023
Physical Chemistry December 31, 2019 December 31, 2019
Organic Chemistry April 30, 2021 July 31, 2020
Botany December 31, 2019 December 31, 2019
Zoology December 31, 2019 December 31, 2019
Molecular and Cell Biology July 31, 2023 July 31, 2023
Ecology December 31, 2019 December 31, 2019
Applied Physics November 1, 2023 November 1, 2023
Biophysics December 31, 2019 December 31, 2019
Optics and Optoelectronics November 1, 2023 November 1, 2023
Geoinformatics and Cartography July 31, 2020 July 31, 2020

Information and forms for habilitation procedure and procedure for appointing professors

Palacký University in Olomouc has set a fee for applicants in the habilitation procedure / procedure for appointing professors for the administration connected with this procedure, in the amount of 6,000 CZK / 9,000 CZK
(B3-17/4-RR, in Czech). The fee is payable within 30 days of the approval of the committee by the Scientific Board of the faculty and is non-refundable.

The habilitation procedure includes a lecture in front of the professional public and a habilitation lecture. The chairman of the habilitation committee (or a member authorized by him) together with the candidate will organize a lecture of the candidate at a professional forum lasting 35-45 minutes, followed by questions. The lecture must be attended by at least 3 members of the Scientific Board of the faculty. The chairman will prepare a report on this lecture and hand it over to the Science & Research Department together with the attendance list. The applicant's habilitation lecture is a part of the faculty's Scientific Board meeting. It should contain a presentation on the research topic of the habilitation thesis, including visions, goals and international cooperation, and a mention of the applicant's research projects. It is appropriate to dedicate one or two slides to the applicant's pedagogical activity and its connection with research. The length of the habilitation lecture should not exceed 15 minutes. Similar rules apply to the procedure for appointing professors.

All the necessary forms are currently available only at the Czech version of this website.