There are a few salaried doctoral student positions funded by the university of Helsinki available every year. The next round of applications will be in September 2017.
The University of Helsinki – Among the best in the world
The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University has four doctoral schools, which offer a total of 32 doctoral programmes. Our doctoral candidates, supervised by top-class researchers, carry out their research as part of an international academic community. The University awards some 500 doctoral degrees annually.
The University of Helsinki Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change invites applications for three (3) funded doctoral candidate positions for a 4 year period starting from 1.1.2018.
Successful candidates are expected to work full time and to complete their doctorates by the end of this four year period. This funding is primarily intended for new doctoral candidates who have just begun, or are about to begin, their doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki. Candidates who have held a right to study towards a PhD at Helsinki for more than one year may also apply; however, it must be demonstrated that there is at least two years remaining before completion of the applicant’s PhD studies. Preference will be given to candidates who are at the beginning of their studies, as the primary purpose of these four-year positions is for doctoral research.
The University of Helsinki doctoral programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change invites applications for 3 doctoral candidate positions, each position lasting for a 4-year period, starting from 1.1.2018. Applicants should have a Master’s degree or equivalent in a field that is relevant to the research topic. Applicants should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki or be applying it in the September 2017 round of applications.
Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change
The Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change is multidisciplinary by nature. It offers lectures, courses, seminars and conferences on a variety of topics. The Doctoral Programme’s responsible faculty is the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Doctoral Programme includes disciplines from three faculties of the University of Helsinki: the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.
The participating disciplines are as follows:
The Faculty of Social Sciences:
- Development Studies
- Economic and Social History
- Political History
- Political Science
The Faculty of Arts:
- Area and Cultural Studies (6 specialisation options: European Studies; Latin American Studies; Nordic Studies; North American Studies; East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies)
- The Aleksanteri Institute, Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies: Russian and East European Studies
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry:
The program includes a multidisciplinary faculty and departmental cross-national research units:
- Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS)
- Network for European Studies (NES)
Position and salary information
The duties of a doctoral candidate are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. The duties can include also teaching and other tasks. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time.
The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary is based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary is EUR 2065-3022 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.
Apply for the position at the University’s Open positions -pages.
Before starting to fill in the application form, familiarize yourself with these general instructions for applying for UH-funded salaried positions (including also instructions for attachments concerning degree certificates).
Applicants who are employed by the University of Helsinki fulfill their applications using the university´s SAP HR portal.
Fill in the application, and include all the required attachments. Mark your “field of research” clearly in the application. The “field of research” must be one of the disciplines or multi-disciplinary research areas mentioned in this call. Please remember to provide precise information on your previous and current funding for the proposed research.
Closing date for all applications is 23:59, 14 September 2017. Please check all the information is correct before submitting the form.
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 hold a second-cycle degree (e.g. master’s degree or equivalent) and have a high quality research proposal, which shows the links between the planned dissertation research and the research expertise within the doctoral programme.
Other requirements include proven 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.
If the applicant does not yet have a right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, s/he needs to apply for a study right following a separate procedure. This is very important: applicants without being granted the right to study towards a PhD at the University of Helsinki cannot be awarded a position in the doctoral program. This is not automatic: applicants are advised to apply for this study right at the same time as the application for funding. Please note that it is important that candidates familiarize themselves with the research and skills of the staff in the field in which they wish to work, and, if possible, secure the agreement of at least one member of staff to act as a potential supervisor.
Please, note that you will need to include the following attachments as a single pdf file in the order specified below. This file can be attached in the last step of the application submission procedure.
Please name the pdf file with your last name and the initials of your first name.
- A research plan not exceeding five (5) pages in length
- Curriculum Vitae not exceeding two (2) pages in length
- A list of publications.
Applicants - who do not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki - should attach the following attachments as separate documents:
- A copy of a degree certificate (Master's Degree or equivalent)
- Transcript of records (Master's Degree or equivalent)
- Verification of language skills
All documents are preferred to be submitted in English (Finnish and Swedish are also accepted).
Application via University's e-Rekry (online application form) is open between 1 - 14 September 2017. The documents must be received by Thursday the 14th of September, 2017 at 23:59 o'clock Finnish time.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered!
Timetable for decision making
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. The decisions will be announced on the doctoral programme’s web page by the beginning of December 2017.
For further information on the doctoral student positions, please contact Kirsi Korpiaho, email@example.com, +358 50 4482479
Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi(at)helsinki.fi.