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

DocPop Travel grants and application instructions are also available here.


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

Application form 

Further details and payment instructions can be found below.

The following principles are followed in DocPop:

1. Amount of the Travel Grant
DSHealth (previously 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  Travel Grant
The travel grant can be used to cover travel costs, such as transportation, accommodation and registrations fees.

3. Purpose of the  Travel Grant
The  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 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 DSHealth and one UH Funds´ 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

Payment instructions

Please read the instructions CAREFULLY!

For questions regarding this call, please contact DS Health coordinator: 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 Population Health (DocPop) within the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) has doctoral candidates from three different faculties: Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The host faculty is the Faculty of Medicine.

DocPop is multidisciplinary and includes a variety of scientific and methodological approaches. The research focuses on the causes and consequences of population health and wellbeing. The research within the Programme aims at health promotion and disease prevention at the population level.

The Programme combines a broad scope of relevant fields of health and medical sciences including public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, population genetics and genetic epidemiology, occupational health, general practice and primary health care, health services research, forensic medicine, public health nutrition, substance use disorders, geriatrics, sociology, social psychology and social pharmacy

The doctoral candidates enrolled in DocPop participate in a training environment encompassing basic and advanced courses in population health and related fields, as well as an extensive transferrable skills curriculum provided by the Doctoral School in Health Sciences. The goal is to complete the doctoral degree requirements of a University of Helsinki faculty within a four-year period and graduate as a well-trained and well-positioned expert. Progress of a doctoral candidate is monitored by the supervisor, a carefully selected thesis committee, and the doctoral programme.

Target group: All applicants working in the field of health and medical sciences and within the scope of the doctoral programme. DocPop also welcomes applications from talented clinicians interested in careers as clinical academics or clinician scientists as well as basic researchers working in the field relevant to population health.

Duration: DocPop is offering five 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.

Eligibility: The applicant should have completed a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field.
Selected applicants should have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy or Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, 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 training position the applicant is required to find an appropriate research group and supervisor. The applicant is expected to contact prospective supervisors independently and agree on the details of the thesis project before applying for the UH-funded doctoral candidate position.

Application process
In order to be eligible for evaluation the AAVA application form, the Confirmation of Supervision*, and a Letter of Commitment** must be completed in English and submitted in good time and prior to the deadlines. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

*NB1. The Confirmation of Supervision must be completed by the primary supervisor in Aava by October 1, 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 Doctoral School in Health Sciences.

Selection Criteria (2018)
Applications received in time and fulfilling the general application requirements are evaluated by an external evaluation panel. The evaluation of the applications is based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the research plan (including feasibility of the plan) and its relevance to population health and wellbeing
  • Existing or potential academic merits (e.g. publications, awards, conference presentations) and quality of the research environment (supervision)
  • Ability and motivation as demonstrated in previous degree studies or otherwise

Based on the evaluation, applicants may be invited for an interview with the Board. In this interview applicants will give a short oral presentation on their research proposal and answer questions. 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)
An evaluation panel will review all the eligible applications against the criteria listed above. Based on the evaluation, the Board of the Doctoral Programme will make a proposal on the positions. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail.

Additional positions

Applications to the Doctoral Programme DocPop can additionally be addressed to the Centre of Excellence in Complex Disease Genetics – from Discovery to Precision Medicine. 

You can indicate this in the application form by filling in the Centre of Excellence for the 'Department or other unit in which the research will be carried out' (under the subtitle Supervision arrangements). Your application will then be evaluated in the usual manner by the board of the doctoral programme but also submitted for evaluation by the Centre of Excellence. The Centre of Excellence is entitled to make an independent proposal on the top candidate to be hired to work on their dissertation within the Centre. 

One-year position funded by the Helsinki University Future Fund

Applications to the Doctoral Programme in Population Health can additionally be addressed to a position funded by the income of the Helsinki University Future Fund allocated to the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry on the following two thematic subjects:

* Human and animal nutrition, one 1-year position

NB! The applicant must have a right to pursue a doctoral degree in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. Should you wish to have your application assessed under this thematic subject*, you can indicate this in the application form by filling in the subject in question for the field “Specification or additional information on the field of research” (under Research Plan). Your application will then be evaluated in the usual manner by the board of the doctoral programme but also taken into account in the evaluation of applications for the positions funded by the University of Helsinki Future Fund.


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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:

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