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. Further information on the different funding options is available here.

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The University of Helsinki – among the best in the world

Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki (UH) is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The UH has an internationally diverse academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 9 other locations nationally. The high‐quality research carried out by the University creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields and for utilization in social decision‐making and the business sector.

In the University of Helsinki doctoral training is organized into four doctoral schools and 32 doctoral programmes (‐education/doctoral‐schools‐and‐programmes) that cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.

The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Veterinary Medicine (CVM) within the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) is hosted by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki. CVM is an internationally competitive doctoral program which educates doctors in veterinary medicine and philosophy. The research areas of the doctoral programme are clinical and translational veterinary medicine as well as animal health and welfare. Animal protection, supervision of animal protection, and research of environmental health are also included in the research focus of the doctoral programme. The goal is to achieve the doctoral degree (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or Doctor of Philosophy) at the University of Helsinki within a four-year net time period. The duties of a doctoral candidate are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. The duties can include also teaching and other tasks up to 5 % of the annual working time.


Target group: all applicants working in the field of clinical, translational veterinary medicine and/or animal health and welfare

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 veterinary medicine 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 Master’s degree or Veterinary medicine licentiate degree in a relevant field. Selected applicants must have the right to pursue a doctoral degree ( at the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine or Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki before starting the position in 2018, nb! application period September 1-14, 2017, further information at Knowledge of either domestic language (Finnish or Swedish) and/or English is mandatory. The communication language of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Veterinary Medicine is English.

Employment: The employment contract will be arranged with the University of Helsinki. 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.


Before starting to fill in the application form, familiarize yourself with the general instructions for applying for  salaried positions: (including also instructions for attachments concerning degree certificates).

Application instructions are available at

Required attachments:

- Attachment 1: All applicants are to attach in the application a single pdf-file which includes:
- the research plan
- the funding plan
- the schedule for completing the degree
- references (max. 10)

The maximum length of the attachment 1 is three (3) pages (Arial 11, margins 2, line spacing 1). Applications with attachments exceeding the maximum length will be discarded.

Attachment 2: Applicants who do not yet have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at UH ( are to attach in the application:

- copy of the second-cycle degree certificate
- copy of the certificate of the language skills

Note! The ‘Confirmation of Supervision’ e-form in (including the supervisor’s CV and publication list) completed by the primary supervisor and submitted by September 18, 2017 at 23.59 (EEST).

Both the application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment Service with the attachments and the ‘Confirmation of Supervision’ e-form must be completed and submitted by the deadline for the application to be valid. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. Applicants are expected to contact prospective supervisors independently and agree on the details of the thesis project before applying.

Note! Doctoral candidates enrolled in specialist training are expected to provide a ‘Letter of Commitment’ indicating how the doctoral training period will be integrated with clinical work. The signed ‘CVM_Commitment letter 2017’ ( must be submitted by e-mail to CVM Coordinator (Ilkka.reenila @ by September 14, 2017 at 23.59.

Selection Process (October 2017)

All eligible applications will be evaluated by three external evaluators representing different fields in clinical veterinary medicine.

The external reviewers use the following criteria (1.-6.) for evaluation and applicants are ranked by division of all the applicants into 4 equal large priority groups according to their merits. The groups represent best quarter, second best quarter, third quarter and fourth quarter of applications.

Scientific input and significance to CVM research area

- innovativeness
- consistence of the literature review
- methods and materials
- societal relevance
- practical implementation of the research plan
- time schedule and funding, are they realistic?
- is professional specialisation included in study plans in veterinary medicine?
- competence of the applicant
- education of the applicant
- publications
- applicant’s commitment and experience in research
- has the applicant previous experience as research assistant or research scientist
- research group and research environment
- research activity of the research group
- competence of supervisors
- is the research environment adequate to the study plan to be carried out?
- international research network
- international supervisors and/or other international contacts

The board members of CVM doctoral programme will do the scientific evaluation of the applications. When preparing the final decision, the board may also use other criteria to help the decision making process. The applicant can get feedback from his/her application by request.

CVM Board will consider:

- Is the subject within the research strategy of CVM?
- General impression of the application: strengths and weaknesses, other remarks

CVM Board will note confidentiality and conflicts of interest.

Decisions (December 2017)

CVM Board proposes to the corresponding Faculties the applicants to receive the UH funded positions. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail and the decision will be published on the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Veterinary Medicine webpage.

For further information about:

DSHealth, please visit or contact dshealth-office [at]

University of Helsinki International Staff Services, please visit

Apply at latest September 14, 2017 at 23.59 (EEST).


University of Helsinki/CVM salary positions (2.11.2017 Board meeting) for year 2018:

Magdy Adam
Martina Argano    
Emilia Gordin    
Vera Haapala     
Katja Hautala   
Heidi Tapio

All candicates are in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

University of Helsinki Research funds salary positions (5.12.2017 Board meeting) for years 2018-2021:

Tiina Kaarela, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.


CVM travel grants

The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Veterinary Medicine (CVM) invites applications for competitive travel grants from registered doctoral candidates in the program. Grants can be applied for scientific meetings, international courses, or thesis-related lab visits. The grants are available for trips taking place during the year 2018 (02/18 – 01/19) to cover travel costs such as registration fees, travel and accommodation.

The call is open from February 1, at 8 am to February 21, at 3.45 pm, 2018.

Amount of the Chancellor´s travel grant
The Chancellor´s travel grant for CVM doctoral candidates can be applied for travelling to international scientific conferences, practical courses or research visits. 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. Travel grant for a research visit to collaborating laboratory abroad: the maximum amount of the grant is 1500 € world wide.

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 Veterinary Medicine can receive a maximum one Chancellor´s travel grant per year
  • The grant cannot be applied for a trip that has already been completed (travel time should be 02/2018 – 01/2019).
  • 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.

Applications via e-form at

Payment instructions