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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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Call for salaried Doctoral Candidate positions starting in 2018 - THE CALL IS CLOSED


The Doctoral Programme in Population Health (DocPop) board has decided (in its meeting 9.11.2017) to propose the following applicants to be selected for the UH-funded doctoral candidate positions (in alphabetical order) - please follow the link.


The University of Helsinki – among the best in the world
Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki (UH) is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In the University of Helsinki doctoral training is organized into four doctoral schools and 32 doctoral programmes that cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University. Our doctoral candidates, supervised by top-class researchers, carry out their research as part of an international academic community. The University awards some 500 doctoral degrees annually.

The University of Helsinki Doctoral Programme in Population Health is seeking outstanding applicants for doctoral candidate positions starting 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 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 research within the Programme aims at health promotion and disease prevention at the population level.

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.

Doctoral Programme in Population Health invites applications for UH-funded doctoral candidate positions starting in 2018

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: 1-4 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, by the end of 2017 (nb! application period September 1-14, 2017). The doctoral candidate position cannot initiate prior to obtaining the second cycle degree and the right to pursue a doctoral degree. Knowledge of English is mandatory.

Employment: The employment contract will be arranged with the University of Helsinki. In addition to the doctoral thesis work, the position can include teaching and other duties (max. 5 %). The salary for the UH-funded doctoral candidate positions is on levels 2-4 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointees will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The total salary is EUR 2065–3022 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.

Application and selection process

Please read carefully the DocPop-specific admission requirements as stated above and make sure that all the formal admission criteria for DocPop are met.

Application (September 2017)

The call is open September 1-14, 2017 at 23:59 EEST.

Candidates are invited to apply online. The links are available September 1-14, 2017.

All applications must be submitted online. A complete application includes:

The application eRekry form completed by the applicant and submitted by September 14, 2017 at 23.59 (EEST). TO APPLY: eRekry links & instructions for filling in the eRekry form.

* Attachment 1: All applicants are to attach in the application a single pdf-file which includes:
- the research plan
- the funding plan
- the schedule for completing the degree
- references (max. 10)

The maximum length of the attachment 1 is three (3) pages (Arial 11, margins 2, line spacing 1). Applications with attachments exceeding the maximum length will be discarded.

* Attachment 2: Applicants who do not yet have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at UH are to attach in the application:
- degree certificate (Master's Degree or equivalent)
- transcript of records (Master's Degree or equivalent)
- verification of language skills
Please note: Attachment 2 does not apply to applicants who have been accepted to complete a Licenciate of Medicine or Licenciate of Dentistry degree in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki.

Confirmation of Supervision e-form completed by the primary supervisor and submitted by September 18, 2017 at 23:59 (EEST).

In order to be eligible for evaluation, both the eRekry application form and the Confirmation of Supervision form must be completed and submitted in good time and prior to the deadlines. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Applicants are expected to contact prospective supervisors independently and agree on the details of the thesis project before applying.
Note! Doctoral candidates enrolled in specialist training are expected to provide a 'Letter of Commitment' indicating how the doctoral training period will be integrated with clinical work. The signed 'Letter of Commitment' must be submitted by e-mail to docpop-office[at] by September 14, 2017 at 23:59 (EEST).

Selection Process (October 2017)

Applications received in time and fulfilling the general application requirements are evaluated according to the following criteria:

Quality of the research plan (including feasibility of the plan) and its relevance to population health and wellbeing (the scope of the doctoral programme; e.g. the disciplines and/or fields of research represented in the programme);

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

Decisions (expected by the end of November 2017)

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 admissions. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail and the decision will be published on the Doctoral Programme in Population Health webpage.

For further information about:

Doctoral Programme in Population Health, please visit 
Doctoral programme in Population Health, DocPop or contact dshealth-services[at]
Doctoral School in Healt Sciences, DSHealth or contact dshealth-office[at]
University of Helsinki Doctoral Schools
University of Helsinki International Staff Services


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

Payment instructions

Please read the instructions CAREFULLY!

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


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) 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)


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