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.

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Next call for DSHealth travel grants (both Chancellor´s & UH Funds´travel grants) is from January 15th to February 7th, 2019.

Further details and payment instructions can be found below.


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.


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.


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


  • 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 2018-2019
  • 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.


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

Application form (link will open to the form in Aava closer to the call).

Payment instructions

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

The Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine (DPBM) within the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) is hosted by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki. DPBM has doctoral candidates in the Faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy or Biological and Environmental Sciences.

DPBM offers excellent research training focused on biomedicine and translational and molecular medicine. Including basic and advanced courses in biomedical research, the curriculum of the doctoral programme provides doctoral candidates with a strong scientific education and preparation for their future careers in areas of high expertise.

The progress of the doctoral candidate is monitored by the supervisor(s), a carefully selected thesis committee, and the doctoral programme, and completion of the curriculum is expected to coincide with a thesis defense in four years net time. Doctoral candidates in the program are trained in research groups at the Meilahti and Viikki campuses, and the program fosters inter-campus research networking.

Target group: All applicants working in the field of biomedicine and translational and molecular medicine.

Duration: DPBM is offering five 1-4-year positions, starting in January 2019 and depending on the stage of the doctoral candidate. The positions are for the indicated number of years of full time research (*clinicians 6-48 months). The length of the employment contract is determined by the stage of the applicant's doctoral thesis.
*Exception: Doctoral candidates pursuing specialist degrees in medicine or dentistry can apply for half of a UH-funded position (6 months/year). These applicants are expected to commit to full time (100%) doctoral training for a six month period and to specialist clinical training for the remaining six months of the same calendar year.

Eligibility: The applicant should have completed a relevant academic degree (MSc, MD or equivalent) in a field suitable for their thesis project in life sciences and obtained before the starting date. Selected applicants should obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree from the Faculties of Medicine, Biological and Environmental Sciences, or Pharmacy at the University of Helsinki in the February 2019 application round at the latest. Knowledge of English is mandatory.

Application and selection process (September 2018)
Please note that before applying for a UH-funded doctoral training position the applicant is required to find an appropriate research group and supervisor. Applicants are expected to contact prospective supervisors independently and agree on the details of the thesis project before applying for the UH-funded doctoral candidate position.

Application process: In order to be eligible for evaluation the AAVA application form and a Confirmation of Supervision* and a Letter of commitment** must be completed in English and submitted in good time and prior to the deadlines. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

*NB1. The Confirmation of Supervision must be completed by the primary supervisor in Aava by October 1, 2018 at 4.00 p.m. EEST. The Aava system will automatically send an email notification to the email address provided on the application form for the primary supervisor.

**NB2. Doctoral candidates enrolled in specialist training in medicine or dentistry are expected to supplement the application with the Letter of Commitment indicating how the doctoral training period will be integrated with clinical work. Collect the requested information and signatures, scan and attach the letter as a pdf file to your Aava application by September 27, 2018 at 3.00 p.m. EEST.

NB3. The applicant can apply for a salaried doctoral candidate position from not more than two doctoral programmes within Doctoral School in Health Sciences.

Selection criteria (2018): Applications received in time and fulfilling the general application requirements are evaluated by an external evaluation panel. The evaluation of the applications is based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the research plan (including feasibility of the plan) and its relevance to biomedicine and translational and molecular medicine
  • Existing or potential academic merits (e.g. publications, awards, conference presentations) and quality of the research environment (supervision)
  • Ability and motivation as demonstrated in previous degree studies or otherwise

Based on the evaluation, applicants may be invited for an interview with the Board. In this interview applicants will give a short oral presentation on their research proposal and answer questions. Please note that, due to the tight evaluation schedule, invitations for interviews will be sent on short notice.

Decisions (expected by the end of November, 2018)
An evaluation panel will review all the eligible applications against the criteria listed above. Based on the evaluation, the Board of the Doctoral Programme will make a proposal on the positions. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail.

NB! Applications to the Doctoral Programme DPBM can additionally be addressed to the Centre of Excellence in Complex Disease Genetics – from Discovery to Precision Medicine.

You can indicate this in the application form by filling in the Centre of Excellence for the 'Department or other unit in which the research will be carried out' (under the subtitle Supervision arrangements). Your application will then be evaluated in the usual manner by the board of the doctoral programme but also submitted for evaluation by the Centre of Excellence. The Centre of Excellence is entitled to make an independent proposal on the top candidate to be hired to work on their dissertation within the Centre. 

For further information:
Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine (DPBM)
Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth)
University of Helsinki International Staff Services

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.