Salaried doctoral candidate positions are applicable once a year, in the fall. Announcements for the doctoral student positions can be found on the programmes' websites and the University's Open positions website when the application period opens.
If you don’t yet have a postgraduate study right at the University of Helsinki, you have to apply for a doctoral study right in addition to applying for a salaried doctoral student position. Follow these instructions:
- Acquaint yourself with the field of the doctoral programme and the subjects (or departments and faculties) participating in it.
- Outline a plan for your dissertation that fits the field of the doctoral programme you’re planning to apply to or, if you already have a plan outlined, consider which doctoral programme would best suit it.
- Contact one of the supervisors of the doctoral programme in question to discuss your plan and the available supervision resources. Information on supervisors can be found in the doctoral programmes' web pages.
- Make sure that you fill the requirements set for postgraduate students in the faculty where you plan to apply for the study right.
- Draw up a reserach plan (max. 9999 characters).
- Fill in the electronic application form (see below).
- Apply for a postgraduate study right in the faculty that best suits the field of your dissertation and where your degree most naturally fits.
If you already have a postgraduate study right at the University of Helsinki, follow these instructions to apply for a salaried doctoral student position:
- Speak with your supervisor(s) about applying for a salaried position.
- Update your research plan (max 9999 characters).
- Fill in the electronic application form.
The research plan should include
- the theme of the proposed doctoral dissertation,
- links to existing research
- the sources or materials and methods to be used
- the applicant´s previous activity in the field, and
- the applicant's personal qualifications for the task (such as previous studies and any relevant work experience).
The maximum length of the research plan is 9999 characters. Fill in the research plan in the electronic form. Because you cannot save a partially completed form, it is advisable to prepare your text elsewhere and paste it in the text box. Be sure not to exceed the maximum number of characters allowed and do not use any special characters as they do not translate correctly. If there are pictures or charts in your research plan, please contact the coordinator of the doctoral programmes, Päivi Väätänen (paivi.vaatanen(at)helsinki.fi).
A doctoral student must hold a second-cycle (master's level) degree and have an approved research proposal.
The most important criteria are the scientific quality and feasibility of the research proposal. Other requirements include the ability and motivation, as demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. The appointee must have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment.
A successful applicant must have the language skills required for successful completion of the dissertation research as well as good command of Finnish, Swedish or English.
electronic application forms