Frequently asked questions about UH funded salaried doctoral candidate positions

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. 

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. 

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. 

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?
Suitable supervisors can be sought from the University of Helsinki research portal. After finding a suitable supervisor please contact them directly. 

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?
You can apply for post-graduate study rights and a salaried position on the same application form. Please read carefully the instructions regarding applying for the right to pursue a post-graduate doctoral degree. 

I do not yet have the right to pursue a post-graduate doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki. Can I apply for them 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 2021. 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?
You can apply for a salary position in this call, and additionally you must apply for post-graduate study rights in the next application round of the doctoral programme. 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 2020). Please read carefully the specific instructions from the doctoral programme webpages. 

Can I submit the required attachments after the application call has closed?
All attachments must be submitted by the end of the application call. 

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?
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 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?
Please check the requirements on the website of your selected doctoral programme.
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. 

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

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. 

Where can I find the degree requirements to complete my study plan?
The degree requirements of doctoral programmes are available on WebOodi by clicking Instructions and courses > Course catalogues > Doctoral Schools and Programmes. 

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 2021. You may not receive other funding at the same time as a salaried position from the University of Helsinki. 

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.