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:

Other requirements include the ability and motivation, as demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue the doctoral degree according to the research proposal and the study plan. When selecting the doctoral candidates, the steering committee of the doctoral programme will take into consideration the quality of the research proposal, the topic of research and its impact, previous academic performance of the applicants during their earlier studies and time in which the studies were completed, and feasibility of the study plan.

The steering committee of the Doctoral Programme in Theology and Religious Studies has decided to nominate the following applicants for funded doctoral candidate position for the period of 2019–2022 (4-year terms):

  • Saara Kuoppala
  • Helga West

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