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

You can apply for the position if you have not yet graduated. In this case, a relevant academic degree (MSc, MD or equivalent) in a field suitable for their thesis project should be completed and obtained no later than 31.12.2018. 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.

In addition to the electronic application form, a  recommendation letter from your (intended) supervisor is required. The recommendation letters are sent using this form. Also, if you do not yet have a study right, a signed letter of commitment from the supervisor(s), who have agreed to supervise your thesis, is needed. Please notice that it is the responsibility of the applicant to take care of that recommendations are sent by the deadline, which is 4 October 2018 at 23.59 EEST (UTC+3).

Please notice that the research plan needs to be written in English and it needs to be attached as a separate file to the application form.

The board of the programme evaluates the applications. Candidates may be interviewed before selections.

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.

Financial support for research training events

The DoCS programme can provide financial support for research training events (guest lectures, intensive courses, summer schools, workshops, etc.) that are within the research themes of the programme and benefit its students.

The application time for the support is continuous. A free-form application should be submitted to the coordinator in good time before the start of the event. The application should include a description of the event as well as an approximation of the total costs of the event.

Financial support for the completion of your dissertation

The university provides a dissertation completion grant up to three months. More information about this can be found here.

DoCS can provide financial support for a dissertation completion retreat. This means reasonable travel and accommodation costs in a university's research station (or similar). Usual retreat stays are one or two weeks. More information about university's research stations can be found here.

If you would like to apply for this funding please send an informal, but detailed, application to docs-info (at)  The application should include the total costs of the retreat and the amount you are applying from DoCS, as well as the current status of your thesis and intended travel time. The board of DoCS will make a decision based on your application within a month.