WRITING AND GETTING READ - HCAS Winter School on Humanities and Social Sciences for UH doctoral students

The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS) welcomes doctoral candidates of the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki to the HCAS Winter School "Writing and Getting Read" on February 9–11, 2022.

Registration to the Winter School opens on December 2 2021 at 9 am and closes on December 19 2021 at midnight. The Winter School is open to doctoral students affiliated with the University of Helsinki and working in the fields represented by the Collegium: the humanities and social sciences, law, behavioral sciences, and theology.

The HCAS Winter School 2022 tackles academic writing and its role in academic career building. We will deal with topics such as

  • effective strategies in academic writing
  • challenges of publishing in academic journals
  • challenges of publishing a book
  • how to write effective grant and fellowship applications
  • different styles of academic writing
  • the process of writing: how to get started, keep going and stop

HCAS is an independent research institute within the University of Helsinki. Our intensive Winter Schools are organized annually and give doctoral candidates a chance to learn essential skills and practices related to academic research and career and to discuss their work with more experienced researchers in an interdisciplinary and international setting. The 2022 Winter School takes place in the Collegium building at Fabianinkatu 24 A, 3rd floor.

The Winter School is organized and taught by Collegium fellows. The fellows are experts in different fields of the humanities and social sciences, including law, behavioral sciences, and theology. The Collegium enhances high-quality research in these disciplines, fosters dialogue between different academic orientations, encourages the integration of approaches from different disciplines, and supports international academic collaboration.

The Winter School consists of plenaries and workshops. The workshops offer doctoral candidates the opportunity to receive personal feedback from HCAS Fellows and other doctoral candidates in a relaxed environment. In the thematic plenaries, current Collegium Fellows and experts from outside the Collegium share their knowledge of different facets of academic writing and career-building. The Winter School sessions begin at 9:15 am or later and end around 4 pm; in addition, there will be a social event in the evening. 

The workload of the Winter School is 3 ECTS. The registration of the credits will be administered by the doctoral schools or disciplines, which means that you should speak to your supervisors about this beforehand. The language of the Winter School is English. The detailed program will be sent to the registered participants before the Winter School. 


Doctoral candidates wishing to participate in the Winter School are requested to register on Sisu by December 19, 2021. The maximum number of participants at the Winter School is 40, and the slots will be filled in the order of registration. Upon registration, participants are asked to answer a few questions about their PhD studies and provide a brief academic biography that summarizes their previous experience in academic writing (max. 200 words).


All participants should prepare to submit their pre-assignment by January 15, 2022, according to the instructions that will be sent by email to the registered participants of the Winter School. This text will serve as a basis for assignments and discussions in small groups during the Winter School.

Please choose one of the following assignments:

1) Submit a sample (max. 5 pages) of a piece of academic writing you want to revise for publication and an abstract of the whole text (max. 250 words). Your sample may be from an article draft or dissertation manuscript and it should include the introduction of the text 

Please also include an additional paragraph in which you explain the current status of your project and the possible venue(s) for publication. 

2) Submit a hypothetical or real research plan for a funding application for a specific foundation or for e.g. the University of Helsinki funded doctoral position (max. 5 pages) and an abstract (max. 250 words). 



Ted Hopf, Core Fellow, HCAS 

Xin Liu, Core Fellow, HCAS 

Tero Toivanen, Core Fellow, HCAS

Soile Ylivuori, Core Fellow, HCAS 

Hanne Appelqvist, Deputy Director, HCAS 

Kaisa Kaakinen, Research Coordinator, HCAS 


Contact: Kaisa Kaakinen (kaisa.kaakinen@helsinki.fi), Research Coordinator, HCAS