Funding

The Call announcement for UH-funded doctoral candidate positions is available on this page when the call is open.

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

DocPop Travel grants and application instructions are also available here.

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.

The call is open from February 1, at 8 am to February 21, at 3.45 pm, 2018.

Further details and payment instructions can be found below.

The following principles are followed in DocPop:

1. Amount of the Chancellor's Travel Grant
Chancellor´s Travel Grant for doctoral candidates in DocPop is offered for travelling to international scientific conferences and practical courses abroad. Annual funding for travel grants is maximally 800 € for a European trip and 1500 € for a non-European trip per doctoral candidate.

2. 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.

3. Purpose of the Chancellor's Travel Grant
The Chancellor’s travel grant can be applied for attending an international conference or a practical course abroad. In the case of conferences either an oral or poster (1st author) 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. Additional criteria for grants include a successful completion of the previous year’s thesis committee meeting and/or submission of the progress report (not applicable for first year students or those who will have their Thesis Committee groups established in this year).

Important instructions

  • The grant can be awarded only to applicants of the doctoral programme who have registered at UH for the ongoing academic year.
  • DocPop doctoral candidates can receive maximum one Chancellor's travel grant per year.
  • 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 instructions for work related travel are found in Flamma).

Application review

  • All applications for one call period will be reviewed after the deadline
  • Late submissions will not be considered

Applications via e-form at https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/81105/lomake.html

Payment instructions

Please read the instructions CAREFULLY!

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

 

DocPop Travel Grants for international research visits

DocPop doctoral candidates have also the opportunity to apply for travel grants for international research visits from the doctoral programme. The call is continuous. The travel grant for research visits provides support for international visits of varying lengths (e.g. 2 weeks - 6 months) 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.

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM (ongoing application)

Potential grantees are asked to supplement the application with a short letter of invitation from the hosting research group. Please send the document by e-mail to dshealth-services(at)helsinki.fi. For research visits emphasis is given to the benefit of the visit for the progress of the thesis work. In the case of visiting potential post doc research groups abroad: it is highly recommended that the applicant is planning to visit more than one potential research group during the same trip.

Please note that this call is continuous and you can receive both Chancellor's travel grant and a research visit grant within the same calendar year.

Note that all travel grants awarded by the Doctoral Programme in Population Health are subjected to budgetary limitations and can only be allocated to registered doctoral candidates.

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

 

The dissertation completion grant is intended for the work required on a dissertation manuscript before it is submitted for preliminary examination. Dissertation completion grants may be awarded to doctoral students who have been admitted to pursue a doctoral degree by the University of Helsinki and are completing the degree at the University of Helsinki. The doctoral student and his or her supervisor must together apply for the grant. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. More information in Flamma.

If you have any questions, please contact: dshealth-office-at-helsinki.fi

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.

Academy of Finland
AURORA (funding database, including Finnish foundations)
Research Professional & Userguide (funding database, free for University of Helsinki users)
EURAXESS (jobs and fellowships)
CIMO - Centre for International Mobility
The Foundations' Post Doc Pool
Fulbright Center (USA)
NordForsk (for Nordic collaboration)
TEKES - the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation