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 for Philosophy, Arts and Society brings together theoretical philosophy (including philosophy in Swedish), practical philosophy, and a wide range of research in the arts, namely aesthetics, art history, musicology, theatre research, performing arts, film and television studies, and literary studies (comparative literature, Finnish and Scandinavian literature, as well as the literatures of other language areas around the world). The programme addresses key questions of philosophy, literature and arts research that are essential to the study and understanding of society. Its basic themes include questions related to knowledge, language, signification, performance, and the representation of reality, as well as issues concerning the nature of human action, social reality, and values. By emphasizing these core philosophical issues, the programme provides a firm theoretical framework that enables the successful pursuit of doctoral studies in philosophy and the arts.

The Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, Arts and Society at the University of Helsinki invites applications for


for a 1–4 year period starting from 1st January 2019. The duration of the employment contract depends on the phase of the appointee’s thesis and postgraduate studies. 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.

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 Philosophy, Arts and Society 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 for example through the following links:
-Digital humanities; artificial intelligence and the human:
-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 in English on Wednesday 14th November 2018. 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 related to the application process, please contact:
-salaried positions for doctoral candidates:
-study right matters:
-documents for application:
-technical support:

HYMY travel grants

HYMY travel grant application periods for doctoral students take place once or twice a year. Next application round starts on Monday September 3rd, 2018 and ends on Friday September 14th, 2018. Instructions and the application form can be found here.

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

The steering committee of the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, Arts and Society has decided to nominate the following applicants for funded doctoral candidate positions, starting in January 2018:

  • Ana Calvete
  • Ilpo Hirvonen
  • Anni Lappela
  • Vilma Venesmaa

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