Salaried doctoral candidate positions

Employed, grant-funded or self-funded? At the University of Helsinki, a doctoral degree may be completed through either full- or part-time study. Doctoral students may receive funding from the University of Helsinki or one of its departments, institutes or faculties, a research project, foundation, association or some other external funder. They may also fund their own studies or pursue their degree in tandem with work. About a third of all doctoral students are in an employment relationship with the University and are thus members of University staff.

Successful candidates are expected to work full time and to complete their doctorates by the end of this four-year period. Candidates who plan to complete their doctorates in less than four years (i.e. those who have already been studying for some time) may also apply. The duration of the employment contract depends on the phase of the appointee´s thesis.  

General application criteria

Applicants should have a Master’s degree or equivalent. Applicants should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki or be applying it in the September 2018 call for applications.

The appointee must obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment. The appointee must have a high-quality research proposal, which shows the links between the planned dissertation research and the research conducted in the doctoral programme.

Other requirements include the ability and motivation, demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. Fluency in English language is required.

Supervisor’s statement about the applicant is not compulsory in this doctoral programme. However, this is mistakenly asked for in the application form. Please, submit an empty page.



In the autumn 2018 round of applications, the four-year salaried position was granted to the following doctoral candidates:

Martti Kaila
Teemu Pekkarinen
Savi Virolainen