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.

The salary for the doctoral candidate position is based on level 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the doctoral candidate will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. Depending on the doctoral candidate’s qualifications and experience, the salary is EUR 2085–3205 per month. The appointment starts with a probationary period of maximum 6 months.

 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.

If your Master's degree (or equivalent) is not completed by the end of the application period, check the eligibility on the doctoral programme web pages.

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.  

Information on the form includes

  • research plan

  • funding plan

  • study plan

  • CV (former studies and relevant working experience)

Please scan and attach the following documents as two separate PDF-documents: 

1. The degree diploma for your master’s degree (or equivalent), consisting of: 

  • the original degree diploma OR its officially certified copy, AND  

  • if the degree diploma is not in Finnish, Swedish, or English, an original translation of the degree diploma OR an officially certified copy of the said translation. The translation must be in Finnish, Swedish, or English and done by a certified translator. 

2. The transcript of records for your Master’s degree (or equivalent), consisting of: 

  • the original transcript of records OR its officially certified copy, AND 

  • if the transcript of records is not in Finnish, Swedish, or English, an original translation of the transcript of records OR an officially certified copy of the said translation. The translation must be in Finnish, Swedish, or English and done by a certified translator.  

NB! If you are applying for the right to study for a doctoral degree and have not graduated from the University of Helsinki you are required to deliver the above mentioned documents ALSO in paper (officially certified copies) to the Admission Services of the University of Helsinki.

NB! If you have not graduated from a Finnish University, please pay also attention to the country-specific requirements

Please note that the application form does not accept special characters.

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. Based on the evaluation, applicants may be invited for an interview with the doctoral programme.

More information will be published in August here, https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/funding. Candidates are invited to apply online. The application form is open September 14-27, 2018.

Programme specific instructions coming soon.

ADMISSIONS: UH-FUNDED DOCTORAL CANDIDATE POSITIONS

                                                                                                                                                14.11.2017

The ILS board has today decided to propose 6 applicants to be selected for the funded doctoral candidate positions starting in January 2018. The doctoral candidates were selected from the applicants in the open call organized during September 2017. The competition for the positions was tough. ILS received altogether 72 eligible applications. 5 applicants were selected for the University of Helsinki-funded doctoral candidate positions based on the evaluation. In addition, one applicant was selected for a University of Helsinki Science Foundation funded position. 

The selected students in alphabetical order (List updated 7.12.2017)

Brief description of the selection procedure
The applications were evaluated independently in their submitted form by a 7-member evaluation panel invited by the ILS board. The members of the panel were selected to represent different research areas of ILS. Six of the members are group leaders in the University of Helsinki equally representing Viikki and Meilahti campuses. None of the members had students from their own research groups applying for the positions. In addition, one professor level evaluator was invited from another university in Finland.

The evaluators scored the applications based on the selection criteria published in the call text. The 21 highest ranking applicants were then invited for an interview where they were ranked again independently of the evaluation results and a similar scoring was applied. Finally, the rankings from both evaluation and interview were combined for final ranking.

The ILS board decided to recommend admissions according to the final ranking by the external evaluation panel.

The Evaluation and Interview Panel

  • Juha Huiskonen, University of Helsinki
  • Ville Mustonen, University of Helsinki
  • Juha Klefström, University of Helsinki
  • Nicolas Di-Poi, University of Helsinki
  • David Fewer, University of Helsinki
  • Marc Baumann, University of Helsinki
  • Cecilia Sahlgren, Åbo Academi University

All members invited in the evaluation panel were external to the board. Conflicts of interest were realized such as direct personal relationship, immediate history of supervising relationship, scientific collaboration relevant to the PhD-project of the applicant, or joint publications including patent applications. In these cases the panel members did not participate in the evaluation, interview or discussion. This ensured an open and straightforward working atmosphere for the panel.

For any questions regarding the admissions please don't hesitate to contact the program coordinator ils-info@helsinki.fi

 

ILS invites applications for competitive travel grants from registered doctoral candidates in the program. Grants can be applied for scientific meetings, thesis-related lab visits and postdoctoral interviews. 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 Next Deadline for applications is February 21st, 2018 at 15.45. Application form opens February 1st at 8.00.

>> ONLINE APPLICATION FORM >>

PURPOSE OF THE CHANCELLOR’S TRAVEL GRANT 2018

Travel grant for a conference or practical course abroad

  • In the case of conferences either an oral or poster (1st author) presentation is required
  • The grants are allocated on the basis of the relevance of the course or meeting for the applicant
  • The maximum amount of the grant is 800€ for travels in Europe and 1500€ overseas (US, Asia)

Travel grant for a research visit to collaborating laboratory abroad

  • For lab visits an emphasis is given to the benefit of the lab visit for the progress of the thesis work.
  • After closing the call, potential grantees will be contacted by e-mail and asked for the invitation letter of the hosting laboratory, and a short recommendation letter from the supervisor
  • The maximum amount of the grant is 1500 € world wide

Travel grant for visiting potential post doc laboratories abroad

  • It is highly recommended that the applicant is planning to visit more than one potential post doc laboratory during the same trip
  • After closing the call, potential grantees will be contacted by e-mail and asked for the invitation letter of the hosting laboratory
  • The maximum amount of the grant is 800 € for travels in Europe and 1500 € overseas (US, Asia)

General instructions:

  • Maximum of one travel grant per year per doctoral candidate
  • The grant cannot be applied for a trip that has already been completed.
  • The travels are made following the University of Helsinki instructions for travel.
  • The grant can be awarded only to applicants of the doctoral programme who have registered at UH for the academic year valid for the trip dates.
  • 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 based on a certain application has been awarded. If necessary, the doctoral programme can approve the use of the travel grant to another travel abroad similar to the original one.
  • Successful completion of the previous year’s thesis committee meeting is a prerequisite for application eligibility (not applicable for first year students),
  • Payment instructions

>> ONLINE APPLICATION FORM >>

APPLICATION REVIEW

  • All applications for one call period will be reviewed after the deadline
  • The relevance of the meeting, type of participation, and possible previous ILS travel support will be considered.
  • Late submissions will not be considered
  • Applications must be submitted prior to the thesis defense

If you have any questions about the travel grants please contact dshealth-services@helsinki.fi