University-funded salaried doctoral candidate positions

The University of Helsinki (UH) annually allocates funding to doctoral programmes for salaried positions (employment contracts). 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.

Start here and then proceed to the more detailed instructions available on the website of your chosen doctoral programme. 

All 32 doctoral programmes of the university have one application period. 

In 2020, the application period is 1–15 September

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 candidate at the University of Helsinki or planning to pursue a post-graduate doctoral degree. 

If you already have post-graduate study rights at the University of Helsinki, you can apply for a salaried position, provided you have not yet spent a total of four years with a UH funded salaried doctoral candidate salary. You can apply from either your own doctoral programme or another doctoral programme that suits your research profile. If you receive a salaried position from another doctoral programme, you will need to change your doctoral programme. 

If you do not yet have the right to pursue a post-graduate doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, you can apply for a salaried position if your research plan fits the profile of your chosen doctoral programme. In addition, you must apply for post-graduate study rights either now or in the spring at the latest. 

Please read carefully the instructions regarding applying for the right to pursue a post-graduate doctoral degree.

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

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

Doctoral programmes assess applications and interviews for short-listed applicants may be arranged. 

Doctoral programmes proposal the appointment of doctoral candidate salaried positions. All applicants will be personally notified of the decisions.