Salaried positions and other funding opportunities

The call for doctoral candidate positions with university funding will open on this page.

Other ways of funding a PhD project include the salary being paid by a grant obtained by a 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.

More information about funding at

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 UH-funded salaried positions are announced once a year in September. This year, the application period opened on 14 September and ended on 27 September 2018 at 3 pm (EEST). The call for the positions will be published at the University of Helsinki web page for Open positions. There you can also find announcements for other open positions for doctoral candidates throughout the year, such as those announced by research groups.

To be able to begin your employment as a doctoral candidate, you will need to obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki. In other words, you can apply for the salaried position before obtaining the right to pursue the degree, but your employment can only begin after this right has been obtained. 

Instructions on how to apply the University of Helsinki funded doctoral candidate positions in 2018

Programme-specific criteria and other specifications to the common call


You can apply for the position if you have not yet graduated. In this case, a relevant academic degree (MSc, MD or equivalent) in a field suitable for thesis project should be completed and obtained before the starting date of employment, and the relevant certificates/diplomas submitted to the University of Helsinki no later than 14.2.2019.

Please notice that the electronic application form asks you to download a copy of the degree diploma (MSc, MD or equivalent). In you do not yet have obtained the degree diploma, you can download an empty pdf-page.


DPDR is offering 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.

Su­per­visor con­sent

The 'Confirmation of Supervision' must be completed by the primary supervisor in Aava by October 1st, 2018, at 16:00 (UTC+3). The Aava system will automatically send an email notification to the email address provided on the application form for the primary supervisor. 

Letter of commitment (only for doctoral candidates enrolled in specialist training in medicine or dentistry)

Doctoral candidates enrolled in specialist training in medicine or dentistry are expected to provide 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 15:00 (UTC+3).

Lan­guage of the ap­plic­a­tion

Prefarably, please use the English application form. However, if you choose to complete the application form in Finnish or Swedish, please note that the research plan must be written in English.

Eval­u­ation pro­cess

The applicants are evaluated based on their written applications by the DPDR board and external evaluators. Top candidates will be interviewed.

DPDR-spe­cific eval­u­ation cri­teria

The following criteria will be used when evaluating the applications:

  • quality of the research plan: clarity, originality, novelty, significance, feasibility, methodologies  used 
  • motivation and CV of the applicant 
  •  the applicant’s performance in previous studies 
  • previous research or progress in doctoral studies if already started  
  • the relevance of the application to the DPDR doctoral training profile
  • recommendations by the supervisor, and other merits (if such exist) 


Top applicants will be interviewed. The 15 min interviews will be held on 27 November, 2018 from 11-16. The language used in the interviews is English.

An applicant may apply for a UH-funded doctoral candidate position from a maximun of two doctoral programmes within DSHealth (desicion by DSHealth board 23.3.2015). If an applicant has submitted more than two applications, the two latest will be considered and reviewed.

Dissertation completion grant

The dissertation completion grant may be awarded for one to three months. It can be applied for when the dissertation can realistically be expected to be ready for preliminary examination by the end of the grant period. No grant will be awarded for a dissertation which has already been submitted for preliminary examination. The doctoral student and his or her supervisor must together apply for the grant.

Applications may be submitted throughout the year. They must be submitted well in advance of the beginning of the intended grant period, typically about two months beforehand so that a decision on the grant can be made in time. There may be delays in processing the applications particularly during the summer and at the turn of the year. Further information about the grant is available here.

For information about the dissertation printing grants please visit the Instructions for students website.

For information about the language revision services please visit the Instructions for students website.