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 in Theology and Religious Studies includes all the disciplines of the Faculty of Theology (Biblical Studies, Church History, Practical Theology, Study of Religions, and Systematic Theology), and it belongs to the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. The Doctoral Programme in Theology and Religious Studies provides high quality doctoral education that prepares for careers in research and expert services in areas requiring deep understanding of religions, theology and worldviews. It co-operates with the leading research institutions in its field both on a national and international level. The doctoral programme works in collaboration with the Faculty of Theology, which hosts a number of research projects of very high academic quality, as well as other doctoral programmes within the same Doctoral School.

The Doctoral Programme in Theology and Religious Studies 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. 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.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on Monday 12th 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.

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The Doctoral Programme in Theology and Religious Studies supports internationalization by granting travel grants for both international and domestic trips. The international travel grant application periods are organized by the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences HYMY and there are one to two application periods each year.

HYMY travel grants

The next HYMY travel grant application period 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.