The academic leadership and career planning course continues - Apply now!
The course has been a success and will be arranged again in the upcoming academic year. Send your application now!

Helsinki institute for Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH) and HYMY Doctoral School offer an interdisciplinary academic leadership and career planning course. The course is targeted to post-doctoral researchers who are launching their independent researcher career after earning the PhD. and building their own research group.

The course has been successfully held in the academic years 2020-21 and 2021-22. The organizers received valuable feedback from the participants to develop the course. For the upcoming academic year approximately 20 participants will be enrolled, representing a wide disciplinary range of social sciences and humanities. A constructive, interdisciplinary working environment will be provided and a wide range of expertise to support your efforts. The course will bring together people from all faculties of the central campus. Participants will be selected by the coordinating group on HSSH.

Tools for better leadership and research

The purpose of the academic leadership and career planning course is to help researchers to develop their leaderships skills and strategic planning of research themes. Furthermore, the course provides help for assembling a good research group, and to take full use of the research services and infrastructure of the University of Helsinki.

During the course, the group will discuss for instance career trajectories, strategic mapping of research horizons, project management, social impact issues and publication strategies, data management, and research ethics. Guest speakers will link these practical matters to discussing the larger thematic horizons of social sciences and humanities, such as well-being, climate change challenges, datafication, security, and cultural interaction. An attempt will be made to highlight themes according to researchers’ personal research interests.

Deadline for applications is September 9, 2022 15:00. Fill the application form here!

Read more about experiences on the previous courses here and here (in Finnish).