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.

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DPDR travel grants

The Doctoral Programme in Drug Research (DPDR) 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 DPDR are:

Chancellor´s travel grants for atttending international meetings or courses relevant to the research topic and DPDR travel grants for research visits abroad, and for participating in scientific courses and meetings in Finland.

All grantees are required to provide a report by e-form of how the grant was used within 2 months of the trip. 



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

Amount of the Chancellor´s travel grant
The Chancellor´s travel grant for DPDR 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/equal contribution) 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 (note! 1st author/equal contribution). 

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 DPDR can receive a maximum one Chancellor´s travel grant per year
  • The grant cannot be applied for a trip that has already been completed before January 15th, 2019.
  • All grantees are required to provide a report by e-form of how the grant was used within 2 months of the trip.

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

Payment instructions

2. Travel Grants for International Research Visits for Doctoral Candidates in DPDR

DPDR doctoral candidates have also the opportunity to apply for travel grants for international research visits from the doctoral programme. The travel grant for research visits provides support for international visits of varying lengths (min 2 weeks ) as well as post-doc interviews abroad. 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, accommodation and registrations fees. 

For research visits emphasis is given to the benefit of the visit for the progress of the thesis work.

Deadline:  31.3.2018


1. Remember to  supplement the application with a short letter of invitation from the hosting research group. 2. Please remind your supervisor to send a recommendation letter for your reserch visit to                

Applications via e-form:

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.

Dissertation printing grants

Doctoral candidates whose faculty permits them to defend their doctoral dissertation at a public examination are entitled to financial support to cover the costs of printing their dissertation. This financial support will cover the costs of printed dissertations submitted to the university as free copies (20 copies + one digital version) when using Unigrafia's offer (available in Flamma). No separate application for the financial support is required. The university will handle all invoices related to the financial support with the printing house. Doctoral dissertations can also be printed at another printing house. In such cases, however, the doctoral candidate is not entitled to the university's financial support for printing.

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