Doctoral Education Pilot

The University of Helsinki Doctoral School is seeking PhD candidates for three-year positions, for which the application time opens on 2 April 2024 and closes on 22 April 2024.

University of Helsinki will open an international call for applications for 236 paid position doctoral researchers as part of the national doctoral education pilot. The three-year doctoral researcher posts are funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The funding was distributed among the universities based on the Academy of Finland's November call for proposals. In total, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture will allocate EUR 255 million to universities for doctoral education pilots. University of Helsinki is coordinating Doctoral Education Pilot in Precision Cancer Medicine (iCANDOC) and is also a partner in several other doctoral education pilots. These pilots cover various research areas like artificial intelligence, education, particle and nuclear physics, and social services.

The national Doctoral Education Pilot aims to: 

  • Increase the number of doctors in Finland, taking into account the security of supply of expertise ​

  • Pilot a more flexible process and content of doctoral education​

  • Increase the mobility of doctoral candidates between universities, companies, research institutes and other organisations and 
    encourage newly graduated doctors to pursue diverse research careers​

  • Produce information on the processes of doctoral education and collect information on the possible need for regulation of 
    third-cycle degree periods ​

  • Develop supervision practices and the integration of scientific and artistic postgraduate studies into previous studies (incl. the possibility 
    to complete a master's degree during doctoral research)​

  • Increase the employment of doctors widely in different sectors of society

236 three-year PhD positions open at the University of Helsinki
Contact information

See FAQ on Doctoral Education Pilot. For more information, please contact doctoralpilot@helsinki.fi. In Finnish: Kysymyksiä voi lähettää myös suomeksi.