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 the supervisor or a personal grant from a private foundation applied 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 at 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.

The salary for the doctoral candidate position is based on level 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the doctoral candidate will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. Depending on the doctoral candidate’s qualifications and experience, the salary is EUR 2085–3205 per month. The appointment starts with a probationary period of maximum 6 months.

 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.

If your Master's degree (or equivalent) is not completed by the end of the application period, check the eligibility on the doctoral programme web pages.

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.  

Information on the form includes

  • research plan

  • funding plan

  • study plan

  • CV (former studies and relevant working experience)

Please scan and attach the following documents as two separate PDF-documents: 

1. The degree diploma for your master’s degree (or equivalent), consisting of: 

  • the original degree diploma OR its officially certified copy, AND  

  • if the degree diploma is not in Finnish, Swedish, or English, an original translation of the degree diploma OR an officially certified copy of the said translation. The translation must be in Finnish, Swedish, or English and done by a certified translator. 

2. The transcript of records for your Master’s degree (or equivalent), consisting of: 

  • the original transcript of records OR its officially certified copy, AND 

  • if the transcript of records is not in Finnish, Swedish, or English, an original translation of the transcript of records OR an officially certified copy of the said translation. The translation must be in Finnish, Swedish, or English and done by a certified translator.  

NB! If you are applying for the right to study for a doctoral degree and have not graduated from the University of Helsinki you are required to deliver the above mentioned documents ALSO in paper (officially certified copies) to the Admission Services of the University of Helsinki.

NB! If you have not graduated from a Finnish University, please pay also attention to the country-specific requirements

Please note that the application form does not accept special characters.

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. Based on the evaluation, applicants may be invited for an interview with the doctoral programme.

More information will be published in August here, https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/funding. Candidates are invited to apply online. The application form is open September 14-27, 2018.

Programme specific instructions coming soon.

The call was open in February 2018.

Further details and payment instructions can be found below.

TRAVEL GRANT

Chancellor´s Travel Grant for doctoral candidates in DPBM is offered for travelling to international scientific conferences and practical courses as well as post-doc interviews. Annual funding for travel grants is maximally 800 € for a European trip and 1500 € for a non-European trip per doctoral candidate. The grant can be used to cover travel costs such as registration fees, travel and accommodation.

LAB VISIT GRANT

Chancellor´s Lab Visit Grant for doctoral candidates in DPBM provides support for international lab visits of varying lengths (e.g. 2 weeks, 6 months). The amount of support is maximally 1500 € to be used for transportation and accommodation and depends on the length of the stay and the destination. The host lab is also expected to contribute to the costs.

PURPOSE OF THE CHANCELLOR’S TRAVEL GRANT FOR DOCTORAL CANDIDATES IN DPBM

The Chancellor’s Travel Grants can be applied for the following purposes:

1. Travel grant for a conference or practical course abroad

In the case of conferences either an oral or poster (1st author) presentation is required.
The grants are allocated on the basis of the relevance of the course or meeting for the applicant

2. Travel grant for a research visit to collaborating laboratory abroad

After closing the call, potential grantees will be contacted by e-mail and asked for the invitation letter of the hosting laboratory, and a short recommendation letter from the supervisor

3. Travel grant for visiting potential post doc laboratories abroad

It is highly recommended that the applicant is planning to visit more than one potential post doc laboratory during the same trip

After closing the call, potential grantees will be contacted by e-mail and asked for the invitation letter of the hosting laboratory

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS

  • To be eligible for consideration for either grant, the doctoral candidate must have had a thesis committee meeting with report submitted within the previous year (excl. first-year students)
  • The grant can be awarded only to applicants of the doctoral programme who have registered at UH for the academic year 2017-2018
  • DPBM will provide maximally one travel grant or one lab visit grant per year per doctoral candidate
  • If there are no special grounds, the travel grant has to be used for the travel for which it has been applied, and for which it has been awarded
  • The travels are made following the University of Helsinki instructions for travel, detailed travel instructions can be found in Flamma.

APPLICATION REVIEW

All applications for one call period will be reviewed after the deadline. Late submissions will not be considered.

Applications must be submitted prior to the thesis defense

Applications via e-form --

Payment instructions

If anything is unclear, please contact dshealth-services(at)helsinki.fi

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