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.

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


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 1 500 € for a non-European trip per doctoral candidate. The grant can be used to cover travel costs such as registration fees, travel and accommodation.


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 1 500 € 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.


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


  • The grant can be awarded only to applicants of the doctoral programme who have registered at UH for the academic year 2018-2019
  • FINDOS will provide max. 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.


  • 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)

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

The Doctoral Programme in Oral Sciences (FINDOS) within the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) is hosted by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki. FINDOS offers excellent research training focused on a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical academic fields of oral sciences research. Including basic and advanced courses, the curriculum of the doctoral programme provides doctoral candidates with a strong scientific education and preparation for future careers in research, as academic dentists, or in other areas of high expertise.

The programme is part of the national FINDOS network that consists of units providing dental education in the Universities of Eastern Finland, Helsinki, Oulu, Tampere and Turku. FINDOS Helsinki offers an excellent working environment where dental researchers receive guidance and support to develop. The progress of the doctoral candidate is monitored by the supervisor(s), a carefully selected thesis committee, and the doctoral programme, and completion of the curriculum is expected to coincide with a thesis defense in four years net time. Doctoral candidates in the programme are trained in research groups at the Meilahti and Viikki campuses, and the programme fosters inter-campus research networking. 

Target group: All applicants working in the broad field of oral sciences research. We welcome applications from talented clinicians interested in careers as clinical academics or clinician scientists as well as basic researchers working in the field of oral sciences.

Duration: FINDOS is offering one 1-4-year position 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.

Eligibility: The applicant should complete a Licentiate of Medicine or Licentiate of Dentistry degree or a second-cycle degree (e.g. Master's degree) in a relevant field, and obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree from the Faculty of Medicine or Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki in the February 2019 application round at the latest. Knowledge of English is mandatory.

Application and selection process (September, 2018)
Please note that before applying for a salaried doctoral candidate positions the applicant is required to find an appropriate research group and supervisor. The applicant is expected to contact prospective supervisor(s) independently and agree on the details of the thesis project before applying for the salaried doctoral candidate position. An excellent application should:

  • Demonstrate that the applicant is motivated and has potential to develop into an independent researcher.
  • Contain a scientifically significant and feasible thesis project which thematically fits in the scope of the doctoral programme.
  • Propose a research group that can provide adequate scientific training and supervision.
  • Demonstrate that the research project can be completed within the intended timeframe.
  • The successful applicant will have good problem solving, troubleshooting, and analytical skills. In addition, the applicant should be fluent in English, have good interpersonal and written and oral communication skills, and be able to work independently as well as within an international team.

Application: In order to be eligible for evaluation, the Aava application form, a Confirmation of Supervision* and a Letter of commitment** must be completed in English and submitted by the deadline for the application to be valid. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

*NB1. The Confirmation of Supervision (including the supervisor’s CV) must be completed by the primary supervisor in Aava by 1 October, 2018 at 4.00 p.m. EEST. The Aava system will automatically send an email notification to the email address provided on the application form for the primary supervisor.

**NB2. Doctoral candidates enrolled in specialist training in medicine or dentistry are expected to supplement the application with 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 3.00 p.m. EEST.


NB3. The applicant can apply for a salaried doctoral candidate position from not more than two doctoral programmes within the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth). If the applicant has submitted more than two applications, the two latest will be considered and reviewed.


Selection Process
Applications received in time and fulfilling the general application requirements are evaluated by an evaluation panel with representatives from all FINDOS universities as well as the Apollonia Finnish Dental Society. The evaluation of the applications will be based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality and ambition of the research plan
  • Motivation and CV of the applicant
  • Viability of the thesis project
  • Innovative and cutting-edge methodology
  • Research environment (including available resources)

Applicants may be invited for an interview by the evaluation panel on 7-8 November, 2018. Please note that, due to the tight evaluation schedule, invitations for interviews will be sent on short notice.

Decisions (expected by the end of November 2018)
The evaluation panel will review all the eligible applications against the criteria listed above. The Board of the Doctoral Programme will make a proposal on the selections. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail.


Further information 

Doctoral Programme in Oral Sciences, FINDOS

Doctoral School in Health Sciences, DSHealth

University of Helsinki International Staff Services


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 for travel grants to participate in 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.

Application form

Further information:

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.