Funding

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.

More information about funding at www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/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 previously received in total, four years full-time funding for your doctoral studies, 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 degree 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 note that the application form does not accept special characters.

Check the programme-specific instructions on the doctoral programme’s website for possible other required attachments, which may include a supervisor approval form.

Applicants, who do not yet have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki (see instructions at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/the-application-process-in-a-nutshell) should attach the following additional documents:

  • degree diploma (Master's Degree or equivalent)
  • transcript of records (Master's Degree or equivalent)
  • verification of language skills

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.

ADDITIONAL application period begins on Wednesday May 2nd, 2018 at 9:00 am, and ends on Friday May 11th 2018, at 16:00 pm.

Chancellor´s Travel Grant call from February 1, at 8 am to February 21, at 3.45 pm, 2018 is closed.

TRAVEL GRANT

Chancellor´s Travel Grant for doctoral candidates in FINDOS is offered for travelling to international scientific conferences and practical courses as well as post-doc interviews. Annual funding for travel grants is maximally 800 € for a European trip and 1500 € for a non-European trip per doctoral candidate. The grant can be used to cover travel costs such as registration fees, travel and accommodation.

RESEARCH VISIT GRANT

Chancellor´s Research Visit Grant for doctoral candidates in FINDOS provides support for international research/ lab visits of varying lengths (e.g. 2 weeks, 6 months). The amount of support is maximally 1500 € to be used for transportation and accommodation and depends on the length of the stay and the destination. The host lab is also expected to contribute to the costs.

PURPOSE OF THE CHANCELLOR’S TRAVEL GRANT FOR DOCTORAL CANDIDATES IN FINDOS

The Chancellor’s Travel Grants can be applied for the following purposes:

1. 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

2. Travel grant for a research visit to collaborating laboratory/ research group abroad

After closing the call, potential grantees will be contacted by e-mail and asked for the invitation letter of the hosting laboratory

3. 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

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
  • FINDOS will provide maximally one travel grant or one lab visit grant per year per doctoral candidate
  • 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 one call period will be reviewed after the deadline
  • Late submissions will not be considered
  • Applications must be submitted prior to the thesis defense
  • Application form can be found here.

Payment instructions

If anything is unclear, please contact dshealth-services(at)helsinki.fi

Finnish Doctoral Program in Oral Sciences (FINDOS) is a functional network between research groups and doctoral education in five Universities (Helsinki, Eastern Finland, Oulu, Tampere and Turku).

FINDOS brings together preclinical and clinical researchers nationwide with a common interest in oral sciences. This encourages the exchange of knowledge and ideas, and improves the possibilities for translational dental research. FINDOS collaborates actively with the Swedish National Clinical Research School in Dental Medicine as well as with other national and international partners.

FINDOS Helsinki students can apply travel grants to participate in other scientific courses and meetings in Finland. Please note, the main criterion for receiving the FINDOS 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. 250 €) are paid according to actual expenses (original receipts are required) and may be claimed after the trip.

Further information: dshealth-services-at-helsinki.fi

Note that all travel grants awarded by FINDOS are subjected to budgetary limitations and can only be allocated to registered doctoral candidates.

 

 

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.