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

THE DOCTORAL PROGRAMME IN CLINICAL RESEARCH INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR SALARIED DOCTORAL CANDIDATE POSITIONS STARTING IN 2018 (CALL IS CLOSED)

  • The call was open September 1-14, 2017 at 23.59 (EEST)
  • Candidates are invited to apply online. The links were available September 1-14, 2017

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

Duration: 1-4 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: 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 by the end of December 2017. The doctoral candidate position cannot initiate prior to obtaining the second cycle degree and the right to pursue a doctoral degree. Knowledge of English is mandatory.

Employment: The employment contract will be arranged with the University of Helsinki. In addition to doctoral thesis work the position can include teaching and other duties (max. 5%). The salary for the UH-funded doctoral candidate positions is on levels 2-4 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointees will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The total salary is EUR 2065-3022 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

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)

Selection process (October, 2017)
An external, national evaluation panel consisting of experts in the field of clinical research will review and score all valid applications. The evaluation of the applications will be 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.

Decisions (expected by the end of November, 2017)
The doctoral programme will make a proposal on the selected applicants based on the scores provided by the national evaluation panel. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail. A list of applicants selected for a funded doctoral training position and the topics of their thesis projects will be published on the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research webpage.

For further information about:

The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (KLTO) receives operational funds from the Doctoral School in Health Science. 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 Wednesday May 2nd, 2018 at 9:00 am, and ends on Friday May 11th 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 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 2017-2018.
  • 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.