Salaried positions and other funding opportunities

The call for doctoral candidate positions with university funding will open on this page.

Other ways of funding a PhD project is a salary paid by the supervisor or a personal grant from a private foundation applied by the doctoral candidate him/herself. Doctoral candidates may also fund their studies themselves or pursue their degree in tandem with work.

More information about funding at

Programme-specific criteria and other specifications to the common call


You can apply for the position if you have not yet graduated. In this case, a relevant academic degree (MSc or equivalent) in a field suitable for thesis project should be completed and obtained before the starting date, but no later than 14.2.2019

Please notice that the electronic application form asks you to download a copy of the degree diploma (MSc, MD or equivalent). In you do not yet have obtained the degree diploma, you can download an empty pdf-page.

Recommondation letter

The recommendation letter must be submitted by the supervisor using an electronic e-form . Deadline for the recommendation letters is October 4th, 2018 16.00 EET (GMT+3). Note!! The applicant is responsible for informing the supervisor about the submission of the recommendation letter by the deadline

Lan­guage of the ap­plic­a­tion

Prefarably, please use the English application form. However, if you choose to complete the application form in Finnish or Swedish, please note that the research plan must be written in English

Eval­u­ation pro­cess

The applicants are evaluated based on their written applications by the CHEMS board and external evaluator. Top selected candidates may be also  interviewed

CHEMS-spe­cific eval­u­ation cri­teria

The following criteria will be used when evaluating the applications:

  • quality of the research plan
  • the applicant’s performance in previous studies
  • previous research or progress in doctoral studies if already started
  • a possible interview /external evaluation
  • recommendations by the supervisor(s), and other merits (if such exist)

Travel grants are intended to support doctoral students’ foreign and domestic travel for academic purposes (doctoral courses, learning in other research groups or participating in scientific conferences, seminars or workshops).  All doctoral students belonging to a doctoral programme at the DONASCI doctoral school may apply for travel grants.

More information and application periods at the DONASCI web pages.

CHEMS can provide financial support to intensive courses, workshops and conferences that are within the CHEMS research fields and benefit CHEMS students. Durig 2018 the courses/workshops/conferences organized by CHEMS supervisors are: 

16.-17.4.2018 Radiation in the environment - Scientific achievements and challenges for the society

24.-25.4.2018 Finnish Pharmacological Society, FinMedChem & Finnish Peptide Society joint symposium: Medicinal Chemistry Meets Pharmacology

28.-29.5.2018 Computational Chemistry Days 2018

28.5.-8.6.2018 Microfluidics and nanotechnology for pharmaceutical sciences

6.6.2018 Seminar on Proton transfer reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometry and optical frequency comb spectroscopy

13.-24.8.2018 Molecular Structure: Theory, Methods and Models

19.-22.8.2018 International Workshop on Biological Membranes: Tiny Lipids with Grand Functions

10.-13.12.2018 Winter School in Theoretical Chemistry: Machine Learning in Quantum Chemistry