Funding

The call for doctoral candidate positions with university funding will open on this page.

Other ways of funding a PhD project is a salary paid by their supervisor or a personal grant from a private foundation applied for by the doctoral candidate him/herself. Doctoral candidates may also fund their studies themselves or pursue their degree in tandem with work.

More information about funding: www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/funding

Fixed-term Doctoral Candidate positions starting in 2019

The call is open September 14-27, 2018

University of Helsinki allocates funding to doctoral programmes for salaried doctoral candidate positions. The doctoral candidates selected for the positions shall be hired for full-time employment for the duration of 1-4 years, with the aim that the doctoral degree shall be completed within the duration of the employment. 

The doctoral candidates selected for the positions are employed by and carry out their research in one of the University’s faculties or independent institutes. The doctoral candidates are hired for full-time positions with the aim of completing their doctoral degree in four years.

WHO MAY APPLY

 You can apply for doctoral candidate positions on a fixed-term employment contract if  

  1. You have an active right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki and have not received UH-funded doctoral candidate position for 4 years, or
  2. You have not yet been granted the right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki but match the profile of one of the doctoral programmes and meet the eligibility criteria for the right to study for a doctoral degree, see instructions at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/the-application-process-in-a-nutshell. As the right to study for a doctoral degree is a precondition for beginning employment in a doctoral candidate position funded by the University, you must apply for the right to study for a doctoral degree in addition to applying for the fixed-term doctoral candidate position.

APPLYING

All applications for doctoral candidate positions must be submitted using an online electronic form. The same form can be used for applying for the right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki.  

To access the form and read the general instructions for applying, please visit https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/uh-funded-salaried-doctoral-candidate-positions.

The application period opens on 14 September 2018 at 9:00 a.m. EEST and closes on 27 September 2018 at 3.00 p.m. EEST

Before starting to fill in the form be sure to familiarise yourself also with the doctoral programme specific terms and instructions updated on this page.

LUOVA offers the following salary positions from 1.1.2019:

  • 2 positions for 4 years
  • 2 positions for 1 year

Applicants must have completed their Master's degree by the end of the application period
AND either have active post-graduate study rights at the Univeristy of Helsinki OR are applying for post-graduate study rights in the September 2018 admissions call.

Applications must be submitted IN ENGLISH.

Interviews for selected applicants will be held on Monday 5th November 2018 from 0900-1600 in room 2025 of the Viikki Environment building (Viikinkaari 2a) on the Viikki campus. Interview invitations will be sent via email approximately 10 days before the interviews. Final decisions will be announced in mid-November and be available on the doctoral programme’s web pages by the beginning of December 2018.

Applications to the Doctoral Programme in Wildlife Biology can additionally be addressed to a position funded by the income of the Helsinki University Future Fund allocated to the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry on the following two thematic subjects:
* Human and animal nutrition (one 1-year position)
* Improving and developing agriculture, primary production, and related economics (one 1-year position)
NB! The applicant must have a right to pursue a doctoral degree in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. Should you wish to have your application assessed under this thematic subject*, you can indicate this in the application form by filling in the subject in question for the field “Specification or additional information on the field of research” (under Research Plan). Your application will then be evaluated in the usual manner by the board of the doctoral programme but also taken into account in the evaluation of applications for the positions funded by the University of Helsinki Future Fund.

Travel grants are intended to support doctoral candidates’ foreign and domestic travel for academic purposes (doctoral courses, learning in other research groups or participating in scientific conferences, seminars or workshops).  All doctoral candidates belonging to a doctoral programme at the YEB doctoral school may apply for travel grants.

More information at www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/doctoral-schools-and-programmes/doctoral-school-in-environmental-food-and-biological-sciences/financial-support-for-doctoral-candidates