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. 

Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change

Successful candidates are expected to work full time and to complete their doctorates by the end of a 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.

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.

The appointee must have or obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment. The appointee must 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.

Applicants who don’t yet have a study right at the University of Helsinki are recommended to apply for a 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.

Fill in the application, and include all the required attachments. Select the “field of research” from the menu bar. The “field of research” must be one of the disciplines or multi-disciplinary research areas that belong to the doctoral programme. In case you don’t find the field of research from the menu bar, name the field in the open field below.

Please remember to provide precise information on your previous and current funding for the proposed research.

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



In the autumn 2018 round of applications, the four-year salaried position was granted to the following doctoral candidates:

Christopher Chagnon
Saska Heino
Aasa Karimo
Joel Kilpi
Johanna Götz

Exceptionally, this year there was also one shorter position available for the doctoral programme, and the position was divided between the following doctoral candidates:

Caroline Bhattacharya
Anna Salmivaara