Funding

The call for salaried doctoral candidate positions  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.

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.

The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (KLTO) within the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) is hosted by Clinicum at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki. The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research is aimed at training professional researchers and academic scientists in the field of clinical medicine. The objective of the doctoral programme is to ensure that enrolled doctoral candidates develop the skills and competence necessary for independent research. The programme supports doctoral training in clinical medicine by advancing the expertise and knowledge in the following key areas:

  • Epidemiology, etiology, clinical features, diagnostics, treatment and outcome, prevention and prognosis of diseases
  • Critical evaluation and practical application of research results

Doctoral candidates enrolled in the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research participate in a structured training environment encompassing basic and advanced courses in clinical medicine, as well as an extensive transferable skills curriculum provided by DSHealth. The doctoral programme supports integration of clinical work with professional research training. The goal is to achieve the degree (Doctor of Medical Science, Doctor of Dental Science, Doctor of Philosophy, or Doctor of Psychology) from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki within 4 years, net time. The progress of the doctoral candidate is supported by the supervisor, a carefully selected thesis committee, and the doctoral programme.

Target group: KLTO welcomes applications from clinicians interested in careers as clinical academics and translational researchers working in the field of clinical medicine.

Duration: KLTO is offering six 1-4-year position of full time research (*clinicians 6-48 months) starting in 2019. 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: Applicants should complete a Licentiate of Medicine or Licentiate of Dentistry degree or a second-cycle degree (e.g. Master's degree) in a relevant field, and obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree from the Faculty of Medicine, 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 salaried doctoral candidate position the applicant is required to find an appropriate research group and supervisor. The applicant is expected to contact prospective supervisor(s) independently and agree on the details of the thesis project before applying for the salaried doctoral candidate position. An excellent application should:

  • Demonstrate that the applicant is motivated and driven with the potential to develop into an independent researcher in the field of clinical medicine
  • Propose a thesis supervisor that can provide adequate supervision, research project funding, mentoring and scientific training of the doctoral candidate
  • Contain a scientifically sound and well planned thesis project which thematically fits in the scope of the doctoral programme
  • Demonstrate that the research project can be completed within the intended timeframe (i.e. the results achieved are relative to the stage of the project)

Application process
In order to be eligible for evaluation, the Aava application form, a Confirmation of Supervision* and a Letter of commitment** must be completed in English and submitted by the deadline for the application to be valid. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

*NB1. The Confirmation of Supervision (including the supervisor’s CV and publication list) 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.

THE LETTER OF COMMITMENT:

NB3. The applicant can apply for a salaried doctoral candidate position from not more than two doctoral programmes within the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth). If the applicant has submitted more than two applications, the two latest will be considered and reviewed.

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

  • Clinical and scientific relevance and ambition of the research plan
  • Implementation plan of the thesis project
  • Use of innovative and cutting-edge methodology
  • Motivation and CV of the applicant
  • Research environment (including available resources)

The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research reserves the right to call applicants for an interview. Please note that, due to the tight evaluation schedule, an invitation for the interview will be sent on short notice.

Decisions (expected by the end of November, 2018)
The 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 selections. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail.

 

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

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/centre-of-excellence-in-complex-disease-genetics

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. 

 

Further information:

 

The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (KLTO) receives operational funds from the Doctoral School in Health Sciences. The below outlined travel grants are dependent on the annual funding and the economics permitting this support. The travel grants available via KLTO are:

  • Chancellor´s travel grants (fixed call periods) for atttending international meetings or courses relevant to the research topic
  • KLTO travel grants (ongoing application) for research visits abroad, and for participating in scientific courses and meetings in Finland

PLEASE NOTE! The travel grant recipients are expected to actively participate and present their posters/talks in local events (eg. Annual KLTO Science Day, Meilahti Science Fair etc.)

1. CHANCELLOR'S TRAVEL GRANT FOR DOCTORAL CANDIDATES IN KLTO

ADDITIONAL application period begins on Monday August 13th, 2018 at 9:00 am, and ends on Friday August 24th 2018, at 16:00 pm.

The Chancellor´s travel grant for KLTO doctoral candidates can be applied for travelling to international scientific conferences or practical courses. The annual travel grant per doctoral candidate for attending a scientific conference or a practical course is max. 800 € for a trip within Europe and 1500 € for a trip to a non-European country.

Use of the Chancellor´s travel grant
The Chancellor’s travel grant can be used to cover travel costs, such as transportation, accommodation and registrations fees.

Purpose of the Chancellor´s travel grant
The Chancellor’s travel grant can be applied for attending an international conference or practical course. In the case of conferences either an oral or poster (1st author) presentation is required. The grant is allocated on the basis of the relevance of the course or meeting for the applicant.

The main criterion for receiving the Chancellor’s travel grant for attending an international meeting is a talk or a poster. Additional criteria include relevance of the meeting and successful submission of the previous year’s progress report (not applicable for first year doctoral candidates).

Important instructions

  • The grant can be awarded only to applicants of the doctoral programme who have registered at UH for the academic year 2018-2019.
  • Doctoral candidates in the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research can receive a maximum one Chancellor´s travel grant per year
  • The grant cannot be applied for a trip that has already been completed.
  • 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 the call period will be reviewed after the deadline. Please note, that late submissions will not be considered.

Application form can be found here.

Payment instructions

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

2. KLTO TRAVEL GRANTS FOR INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH VISITS – ongoing application

The KLTO travel grant for research visits provides support for international visits of varying lengths (e.g. 2 weeks - 6 months). The amount of support depends on the length of the stay and the destination and is max. 1500 €. The travel grant can be used to cover travel costs, such as transportation and accommodation.

KLTO eAPPLICATION FORM: International research visits (ongoing application)

Potential grantees are asked to supplement the application with a letter of invitation. Please send the document by e-mail to clinical-office(at)helsinki.fi. For research visits emphasis is given to the benefit of the visit for the progress of the thesis work.

Note that all travel grants awarded by KLTO are subjected to budgetary limitations and can only be allocated to registered doctoral candidates.

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

3. KLTO TRAVEL GRANTS FOR PARTICIPATING IN SCIENTIFIC COURSES AND MEETINGS IN FINLAND - ongoing application

KLTO is an active partner in the National Doctoral Training Network in Clinical Medicine formed by the doctoral programmes at the Universities of Helsinki, Eastern Finland (Kuopio), Oulu, Tampere and Turku. Doctoral candidates enrolled in the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research at the University of Helsinki may apply for a travel grant to participate in courses organized by the National Doctoral Training Network in Clinical Medicine. In addition, the travel grants can be applied to participate in other scientific courses and meetings in Finland. Please note, the main criterion for receiving the KLTO travel grant for attending a national meeting is a talk or a poster.

The application should clearly indicate how the course/meeting benefits the doctoral candidate and the progress of the thesis work. The application should also include the dates and reasons of the travel and an estimation of the travel expenses (transportation and accommodation). The travel grant applications are awarded on case by case basis by the director of the doctoral programme. The travel expenses (max. 500 €) are paid according to actual expenses (original receipts are required) and may be claimed after the trip.

KLTO eAPPLICATION FORM: Participating in scientific courses and meetings in Finland

Note that all travel grants awarded by KLTO are subjected to budgetary limitations and can only be allocated to registered doctoral candidates.

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

The dissertation completion grant is intended for the work required on a dissertation manuscript before it is submitted for preliminary examination. Dissertation completion grants may be awarded to doctoral students who have been admitted to pursue a doctoral degree by the University of Helsinki and are completing the degree at the University of Helsinki. The doctoral student and his or her supervisor must together apply for the grant. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. More information in Flamma.

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.