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 www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/funding

Fixed-term Doctoral Candidate positions starting in 2019

The call is open September 14-27, 2018

University of Helsinki allocates funding to doctoral programmes for salaried doctoral candidate positions. The doctoral candidates selected for the positions shall be hired for full-time employment for the duration of 1-4 years, with the aim that the doctoral degree shall be completed within the duration of the employment. 

The doctoral candidates selected for the positions are employed by and carry out their research in one of the University’s faculties or independent institutes. The doctoral candidates are hired for full-time positions with the aim of completing their doctoral degree in four years.

WHO MAY APPLY

 You can apply for doctoral candidate positions on a fixed-term employment contract if  

  1. You have an active right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki and have not received UH-funded doctoral candidate position for 4 years, or
  2. You have not yet been granted the right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki but match the profile of one of the doctoral programmes and meet the eligibility criteria for the right to study for a doctoral degree, see instructions at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/the-application-process-in-a-nutshell. As the right to study for a doctoral degree is a precondition for beginning employment in a doctoral candidate position funded by the University, you must apply for the right to study for a doctoral degree in addition to applying for the fixed-term doctoral candidate position.

APPLYING

All applications for doctoral candidate positions must be submitted using an online electronic form. The same form can be used for applying for the right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki.  

To access the form and read the general instructions for applying, please visit https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/uh-funded-salaried-doctoral-candidate-positions.

The application period opens on 14 September 2018 at 9:00 a.m. EEST and closes on 27 September 2018 at 3.00 p.m. EEST

Before starting to fill in the form be sure to familiarise yourself also with the doctoral programme specific terms and instructions updated on this page.

Programme-specific criteria and other specifications to the common call

Eli­gib­il­ity

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

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 MATRENA board. MATRENA reserves the right to invite also external evaluator/s

MATRENA-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 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 at DONASCI web pages.