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, but all the studies and the thesis required for a second-cycle or equivalent degree must be completed before the deadline for application (September 27th 2018 at 3.00 p.m. EEST)

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.

Recommendation letter

The recommendation letter must be submitted by the two supervisors using a  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

It is highly recommended use the English application form


PAPU do not allow to attach research plan as a separate attachment

Evaluation process

The applicants are evaluated based on their written applications by the PAPU board.

PAPU-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
  • recommendations by the supervisors, and other merits (if such exist)

Next  application period begins on Monday, September 3 at 9:00 am, and ends on Friday, September 14, 2018, at 3:45 p.m. Allowed travel time 14.9.2018–28.2.2019.

PAPU Doctoral candidate can apply and obtain PAPU Travel Grants. 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.

  • PAPU can provide financial support to intensive courses, workshops and conferences that are within the PAPU research fields and benefit PAPU students. It can also be applied for a targeted PAPU student group.
  • Students can also apply (for example “pizza Friday” including scientific programme) but recommendation letter from supervisor/s is needed. To apply for travel funding, fill out the application form 

The dissertation completion grant may be awarded for one to three months. It can be applied for when the dissertation can realistically be expected to be ready for preliminary examination by the end of the grant period. No grant will be awarded for a dissertation which has already been submitted for preliminary examination. The doctoral student and his or her supervisor must together apply for the grant.

Applications may be submitted throughout the year. They must be submitted well in advance of the beginning of the intended grant period, typically about two months beforehand so that a decision on the grant can be made in time. There may be delays in processing the applications particularly during the summer and at the turn of the year. Further information about the grant is available here.