University-funded salaried doctoral candidate positions

The University of Helsinki annually allocates funding to doctoral programmes for employing doctoral students in salaried employment relationships (salaried positions). These doctoral student positions are designated as full-time work. The aim is that doctoral students employed by the University will complete their degree in four years. 

On this page, you will find a step-by-step breakdown of the entire application process. Start here and then proceed to the more detailed instructions available on the website of your chosen doctoral programme.

All the 32 doctoral programmes of the university have one application period. In 2019 the application period is 3–17 September. 

The 2019 call includes additional positions earmarked in particular for projects on artificial intelligence and AI solutions in all fields of science and scholarship. The AI positions are available for application in all doctoral programmes. 

Make sure that you are eligible to apply for a salaried position. You can apply for a salaried position in a doctoral programme if you are currently a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki or planning to pursue a doctoral degree. 

If you have already been granted the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, you can apply for a salaried position, provided you have not yet spent a total of four years in the position of a salaried doctoral student.

You can apply for a salaried position either from your own doctoral programme or from another doctoral programme, which suits your research profile. If you get a salaried position from another doctoral programme, you need to ask for the change of doctoral programme (more information about changing doctoral programme). Please notice also that you have to reapply for the right to pursue a doctoral degree if the granting faculty or your target degree change.

If you do not yet hold the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, you can apply for a salaried position if your research plan fits the profile of the doctoral programme.

If you do not yet hold the right to pursue a doctoral degree, you can apply for the right with the same application. In that case, please carefully read the instructions pertaining to applying for the right to pursue a doctoral degree. 

Whether or not you hold the right to pursue a doctoral degree, please read the application instructions carefully. If you are planning to also apply for the right to pursue a doctoral degree, remember to read the relevant instructions carefully and start preparing the required documents well in advance.

Applications for a salaried position are submitted by completing an electronic application form and enclosing the required attachments. The application form can be found on the web pages of doctoral programmes.

The application form calls for information on your research and study plan, skills that support writing a doctoral dissertation, the title and abstract of your master’s thesis, as well as details on your supervisory arrangements (in the case of certain programmes).

The most important part of the application form is your research plan, so make sure that you prepare in good time. If possible, discuss about your research plan with your supervisor.

The applications are assessed by the board of doctoral programme or by an outside panel chosen by the board of doctoral programme. The doctoral programmes can also arrange interviews for short-listed applicants.

Applications are assessed based on the quality of the research plan, as well as the supervisory arrangements or their availability. Also assessed are the abilities and motivation demonstrated in conjunction with completing a previous degree or in another manner to complete a doctoral degree in accordance with a research plan and a supporting study plan. The topic of the research plan must suit the profile of the doctoral programme.  

The board of the doctoral programme makes a proposal on the doctoral students to be appointed to salaried positions. The decision on the appointments is made by the director of the relevant unit.

The names of the appointees will be published on the doctoral programme websites by 15.12.2019. All applicants will be personally notified of the decisions.