University-funded doctoral candidate positions
The University of Helsinki (UH) annually allocates funding to doctoral programmes for salaried positions (employment contract). These doctoral candidate positions are designated as full-time work. The aim is that doctoral candidates employed by the University will pursue a post-graduate doctoral degree, which should be completed within four years.
Application periods and instructions

There is one application period each year for University funded doctoral candidate positions for all of the University's 32 doctoral programmes.

The next application period for salaried positions is August 23 to September 7, 2021.

Please note that the instructions presented on this page and elsewhere are subject to change and can be updated closer to the application period.

On this page, the whole application process will be explained step-by-step. 

Familiarise yourself first with the information found on this page, and then find out specific details from the webpages of the doctoral programme of your choice.

 

Specific instructions and more information

If you are unable to find an answer to a question in either these instructions, or those on the doctoral programme webpages, please check the Frequently asked questions below.

General questions regarding the application can be addressed to phd-positions@helsinki.fi.

If you would like to know more about different doctoral programmes, research plans or supervisors, please contact the doctoral programme directly. Contact details can be found from the webpages of each doctoral programme.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a University of Helsinki (UH) salaried position and post-graduate study rights?

  • A UH salaried position means that you receive a salary as an employment contract with the University for working on your doctoral thesis.  

  • Post-graduate study rights allow you to pursue a post-graduate doctoral degree at one of the UH faculties. Study rights do not include funding.

Can I apply for a salaried position from more than one doctoral programme?

  • You can apply for a salaried position from more than one programme. Please check the specific instructions from each doctoral programme and remember to submit a separate application for each one. 
  • Specific instructions can be found from the website of each doctoral programme.

I am a member of the Doctoral Programme in X of the University of Helsinki. Can I apply for a salaried position in the Doctoral Programme in Y?

  • You can apply for a salaried position from another doctoral programme. Please read the instructions on the website of your selected doctoral programme. 

I do not yet have the right to pursue a post-graduate doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki. Can I apply for this at the same time as I apply for a salaried position?

I do not yet have the right to pursue a post-graduate doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki. Should I apply for this at the same time as the salaried positions or can I apply after the application for salaried positions is closed?  

  • You can apply for post-graduate study rights in the next application round. Please note that this may result in your employment beginning later than 1 January 2022.

  • According to the guidelines of the University of Helsinki, individuals recruited to salaried doctoral candidate positions must receive post-graduate study rights within the six-month trial period of the position.

I am not yet eligible to apply for right to pursue a post-graduate doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki. Can I apply for a salaried position?

  • In the case of certain doctoral programmes, salary applications are accepted from applicants who will graduate by a certain date (e.g., by the end of 2022).
  • If you are not eligible to apply in the autumn call, for instance if you have not yet completed all your degree studies by the call deadline, or you are unable to show the required language skills, you must apply for post-graduate study rights in the next application round of the doctoral programme. 

I am also applying for funding for my doctoral studies from elsewhere. Can I apply for a salaried position at the University of Helsinki?

  • Yes.

  • If you are offered both a salary position and funding from another source, you may have to choose how to use the funding appropriately. 

I have secured funding for part of my doctoral studies. Can I apply for a salaried position at the University of Helsinki?

  • Yes.
  • If you are offered a salary position, you must begin to use it within the calendar year 2022. You may not receive other funding at the same time as a salaried position from the University of Helsinki. 

I do not yet have right to pursue a post-graduate doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, and I only intend to apply for a salaried position. Which attachments do I have to submit?

  • You need to complete the electronic application form and submit the required scanned copies of your education documentation, and the other attachments required by the doctoral programme. 
  • Please check the requirements on the website of your selected doctoral programme.

Can I submit the required attachments after the application call has closed?

I was awarded my degree by the University of Helsinki. Why do I have to enclose certificates with the application?

  • The educational documents of all applicants are assessed by doctoral programmes and must be included as part of the application. 

I have a master’s degree. Do I have to enclose with my application or submit certified copies of my bachelor’s degree?

  • Not if you are applying based on your master's degree. 

  • If you are using your bachelor’s degree as proof of language proficiency, or you wish for it to be evaluated in relation to your application, please submit certified copies of your degree. 

I applied for a salaried position last year. Do I need to resubmit all the required attachments this year?

  • All applications must include the required electronic attachments.
  • Officially certified copies of educational documents and proof of language skills: if you have applied for the right to pursue a post-graduate doctoral degree in the last two years, and as part of that application, supplied the required officially certified documents, you do not need to supply these documents again. Please contact us to confirm that this is the case.

Do I have to enclose my research plan as an attachment?

  • If your research plan contains mathematical symbols or chemical equations, you should enclose the plan as an attachment. 

  • In other cases you should not attach your research plan to the application.

Where can I find the degree requirements to complete my study plan?

  • The degree requirements of doctoral programmes are available on WebOodi under Course catalogues > Doctoral Schools and Programmes. 

Can I apply for a salaried position without a supervisor/supervisor’s support?

  • This depends on the doctoral programme. Please read the instructions on the website of your selected doctoral programme. 

I need help in finding a suitable supervisor. Where can I find more information?

I have been offered a salaried position from more than one doctoral programme. What should I do?

  • You can accept the position which is best suited to you.

  • You should discuss the matter with your supervisor before making a decision.