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.
Salaried positions and other funding opportunities
Doctoral Programme in Law
In the 2018 call for applications the Doctoral Programme in Law offers three (3) four-year positions for years 2019–2022. Preference will be given to candidates who are at the beginning, or are about to begin, their doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki. The appointee must have or obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment. As a rule, the positions are filled from 1 January 2019. The exact start and end dates will be specified in the employment contract.
Please note, that applications for the salaried doctoral positions of Doctoral Programme in Law can additionally be addressed to a four-year position funded by Aili and Brynolf Honkasalo Fund. The Fund offers two (2) positions, of which at least one is intended for Criminal Law or Procedural Law.
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 and name of the fund for the field “Specification or additional information on the field of research". 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 Aili and Brynolf Honkasalo Fund.
Doctoral students in the Doctoral Programme in Law can carry out research in any field in law. The extensive approach of the doctoral programme encourages to broaden the scope in research, theoretical reasoning and interdisciplinary research.
The duties of a doctoral student are to work on his or her own doctoral dissertation and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. In addition to conducting research leading to the doctoral dissertation, the doctoral student will participate in teaching duties and other duties at the Faculty.
The applicant must hold a second-cycle degree (MA or equivalent) in a relevant field. Other requirements include the ability and motivation, as demonstrated in previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. The appointee must have a high-quality research proposal, which is suitable to the profile of the doctoral programme, and shows the links between the planned dissertation research and other research at the Faculty.
Please note, that supervisor’s statement about the applicant is not needed if you are applying for a salaried position only. However, this is mistakenly asked for in the application form. Please, submit an empty page.
The University of Helsinki demands an indication of academic level language skills in either Finnish, Swedish or English of all applicants.
Timetable for decision making
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in November 2018 (the exact date will appear on this page). The decisions will be announced on the doctoral programme’s web page by beginning of December 2018.