Salaried positions and other funding opportunities


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.

The Doctoral Programme in History and Cultural Heritage is an interdisciplinary doctoral programme that concentrates on questions of historical change as well as tangible, intangible, visual and auditive culture, and religion from local, regional and global perspectives. The programme covers an extensive time span from pre-historical times and antiquity to the recent past, present and even the future. In the programme a wide array of humanistic perspectives (including archaeology, art history, European ethnology, folklore studies, history, study of religions) are combined with the approaches of theology and law.

The Doctoral Programme in History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Helsinki invites applications for


for a 1–4 year period starting from 1st January 2019. For three longer term positions, emphasis is given to those who are in the beginning of their PhD studies. For two one-year positions for the year 2019, emphasis is given to those who are at the final stage of their dissertation. The duration of the employment contract depends on the phase of the appointee’s thesis. The appointee must have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment. If you do not yet have the right to study, you can apply for it in this application round if you are eligible for doctoral studies (more information: The appointee for a salaried position must have an approved research proposal.

The most important evaluation criteria are the high quality and feasibility of the research proposal. Other requirements include the ability and motivation, as demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal, as well as the readiness to operate in a multi-disciplinary research environment. A successful applicant must have the language skills required for the completion of the dissertation research as well as good command of Finnish, Swedish or English.

In the application form, in addition to choosing the Field of Research (under Research Plan), for the section “Specification or additional information on the field of research” (under Research Plan) applicants need to specify the field of research given, or name an interdisciplinary or other research field if not listed in the Field of Research option.


Applications to the Doctoral Programme in History and Cultural Heritage can additionally be addressed to positions funded by the Faculty of Arts on the following thematic subjects:

-Digital humanities (1 position)
-Environmental humanities (1 position)
-Indigenous languages and cultures (1 position)
-Artificial intelligence and the human (2 positions)

Should you wish to have your application assessed under one of these thematic subjects, 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 Faculty. The person who is granted a thematic salaried position will have his or her work contract in the Faculty of Arts; and his or her study right for the doctoral degree needs to be granted by the Faculty of Arts.

You can find more information related to the themes and implemented research for example through the following links:
-Digital humanities; artificial intelligence and the human: this will be available later
-Environmental humanities:
-Indigenous languages and cultures:

The duties of a doctoral candidate are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis and to complete his or her doctoral studies. The duties also include teaching and other tasks. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 16th November. The decisions will be announced on the doctoral programme’s web page in the beginning of December 2018.

Before starting to fill in the application form, read carefully the general instructions on how to apply and the criteria. The application can be in English, Finnish or Swedish.

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

In case of questions:
-salaried positions for doctoral candidate:
-study right matters:
-documents for application:
-technical support:

HYMY travel grants

The application period for HYMY travel grants for doctoral students opens on Monday 3rd of September at 9.00, and closes on Friday 14th of September at 15:45. .

Instructions and application form can be found from here.

Instructions for the payment of granted travel grants can be found here.

The steering committee of the Doctoral Programme in History and Cultural Heritage has nominated the following applicants for funded doctoral candidate positions, starting in January 2018:

Fanny Johansson

Tuukka Karlsson

Liisa-Maija Korhonen

Essi Lamberg

The programme congratulates the successful candidates and wishes to thank all applicants. The next call for applications will be in 2018.