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.

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 for the salaried positions for doctoral candidates are the high quality and feasibility of the research plan. Other requirements include the skills and motivation, as demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to carry out research and to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. In addition, suitability of the proposed research in relation to the Doctoral Programme is required. 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.

The steering committee of the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, Arts and Society has decided to nominate the following applicants for funded doctoral candidate position for the period of 2019–2022 (1–4 year terms):

  • Reeta Holopainen (Faculty of Arts’ Environmental Humanities position)
  • Jesse Kuokkanen (Faculty of Arts’ Artificial Intelligence and the Human position)
  • Lauri Niskanen
  • Jafrin Rezwana
  • Esko Suoranta
  • Pekka Syrjänen

The programme congratulates the successful candidates and wishes to thank all applicants. The next call for applications will be in the fall of 2019.