Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society and Culture has two application periods for doctoral study rights each year – one in the spring and one in the fall. A doctoral study right can only be gained through the admissions process.
The next rounds of applications will be held from
- September 14th to September 27th, 2018
- April 2nd to April 15th, 2019
Applications are submitted using an electronic application form, which will be open during the application period. Application form closes at 3 PM (Helsinki time) on the last day of the round of applications.
All applicants must submit the following documents as part of their application (points 1–3 are integrated in the electronic application form; points 4–6 are submitted as scanned attachments):
All applicants wishing to be considered must submit the following documents:
1. A research proposal. The University of Helsinki research plan template is a useful support tool, as it will help you get a grasp on the kind of questions you should take into account when drawing up your research plans. Also, Kai Hakkarainen's (2014) article Structure and content of an academic research proposal might be useful for you.
The following fields related to the research plan are included in the electronic application form (the number in parentheses indicates the maximum number of characters per field, spaces included):
- Brief summary of the research plan (1500)
- Significance of the project in relation to current knowledge (1500)
- Motivation for conducting doctoral research (1500)
- Objectives of the research (2000)
- Effects and impact beyond academia (500)
- Research methods (2000)
- Research material to be used and its significance for the research project (1000)
- Data management plan (1500)
(Give a short description of how you plan to collect and use research data. You can also consider the best methods of data storage and the possibilities of opening your data for the use of other researchers. We do not expect you to master topics related e.g. to open access or to the legal and ethical issues related to data management (e.g. data protection, copyright issues) when you apply. It's enough that you have given the topic thought and recognised the preliminary data management questions that might arise related to your research data.)
- Critical points for success, alternative implementation strategies (500)
- Ethical issues (1000)
(We do not expect you to be an expert of research ethical questions when you apply. The important thing is that you have considered the possibility of ethical issues related to your research topic and, if there are such issues, given preliminary thought on how to approach them.)
- Publication plan (1000)
(The preliminary outline of a monograph or, in case an article-based dissertation is planned, a preliminary publication plan for the articles)
- Methods for ensuring open access
The University promotes open access research, and several research funding providers also expect grant applicants to be familiar with the principles of open access publishing. When you apply for a study right, you are not expected to master the details of open access publishing - it's enough that you have given preliminary thought on where and how your research could be made openly available. More information available on the University Library's website (500)
- Schedule for the research (500)
- Funding plan for research and doctoral studies (500)
- Applied funding and salaried positions (500)
- Motivation for choosing the University of Helsinki as the site of doctoral research and motivation for selecting the doctoral programme (500)
- Mobility plan (500)
The university aims to assure that all doctoral degrees include some sort of international activities. In this field, you can tell us of your own preliminary plans related to e.g. exchange studies, research visits or participating in international conferences.
- The most important research literature and/or sources (1000)
2. A study plan that must be approved by the supervisor. In the application form, there are two separate fields for the study plan (max. 1500 characters each); one for the discipline-specific studies and another for the general competence studies. Please acquaint yourself with the doctoral programme’s curriculum before drawing up your study plan. The curriculum is available at WebOodi.
3. The title and summary of your Master´s thesis or equivalent, or a description of previous academic publications (maximum length 4000 characters, including spaces).
4. Supervision contract that must be signed by the applicant, responsible professor and supervisors. Remember to also check any remuneration protocol. Unless your supervisors are full-time employees at the Faculty, they may expect remuneration for their supervision work. For further information on the requirements placed on supervision, please see the selection criteria section on this page. In case one of the supervisors expects remuneration, the contract must also be signed by Head of the Department.
Note. The responsible professor may, in exeptional cases and for a justified reason, also be a person who is a docent, is familiar with the doctoral training and dissertation practices in the University of Helsinki and is in a permanent employment in the Faculty. In this case, the supervision arrangements go to the evaluation of the steering committee of the Doctoral Programme.
5. A copy of your previous degree certificate (Master's degree or equivalent) and a copy of a detailed transcript of studies included in the degree.
6. Verification of language skills. The University of Helsinki demands an indication of academic level language skills of all applicants. Please acquaint yourself with the options for verifying your language skills in either Finnish, Swedish or English in good time before applying.
NB. If you have completed your previous degree in Finnish, the degree certificate is an acceptable way of demonstrating academic Finnish language skills.
N.B. Applicants who have not completed their previous degree in the University of Helsinki must also send officially certified copies of the documents mentioned in points 5. and 6. by post. For more information on the means of having the documents officially certified, please see here.