How to apply

All of the DONASCI doctoral programmes admit new doctoral students twice a year. All programmes take applications in the September application round. Application rounds are organised also in November, February and April. In addition, some programmes have a summer application round for graduates of University of Helsinki. Once you’ve chosen a doctoral programme, check your programme's website to see which application rounds are in use in your chosen programme.

During the academic year 2020-2021 the admission periods are as follows:

1–15 September 2020
3–17 November 2020 (only some doctoral programmes)
2–16 February 2021 (only some doctoral programmes)
1–15 April 2021 (only some doctoral programmes)
19–30 July 2021 (only graduates of University of Helsinki, only some doctoral programmes)

Once a year in September, University of Helsinki also offers salaried doctoral candidate positions. The salaried position only includes an employment contract. In addition to this, you should apply for a study right if you don’t already have one. It is advisable to apply for the salaried position and the study right at the same time.

The application process in a nutshell

Admission criteria for doctoral programmes in the Doctoral School in Natural Sciences
These guidelines apply to doctoral education for which applications can be submitted as of 1 August 2020. The guidelines will apply until further notice.


Luonnontieteellisen tutkijakoulun tohtoriohjelmien valintaperusteet
Tässä esitetyt linjaukset koskevat tohtorintutkintoon johtavaa koulutusta, jonka haku alkaa 1.8.2020 tai sen jälkeen. Linjaukset ovat voimassa toistaiseksi.