How to apply

In­ter­ested in get­ting your doc­toral train­ing in one of the doc­toral pro­grammes of the Doc­toral school in nat­ural sci­ences?

First you need to apply a right to pursue a doctoral degree from one of the faculties participating in the school. Applying funding is a separate process and there are various options. The next call for university-funded doctoral candidate positions will be open next autumn.

1. AP­PLIC­ANT

2. DOC­TORAL PRO­GRAMME

  • evaluates the quality of the application
  • proposes accepting/rejecting the application to the faculty

3. FAC­ULTY AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TION

  • based on the doctoral programme’s quality statement, prepares the decision of granting/rejecting the right to pursue a doctoral degree

4. FAC­ULTY DEAN or fac­ulty coun­cil

  • makes the decision of granting/rejecting the applicant the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the faculty

5. FAC­ULTY AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TION

  • informs the applicant and the doctoral programme of the Dean’s decision
  • implements the Dean’s decision
  • stores the application in the faculty’s archive

Via this process the applicant receives the UH doctoral candidate status and becomes affiliated in the respective doctoral programme and faculty, as well as the Doctoral school in natural sciences. Please note that there may be some faculty-specific variation in the process (eg. how many calls are organised per year), thus before applying, check the application instructions at the faculty web page. General information on doctoral training at University of Helsinki is available here.

Applying a right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki and applying funding for doctoral training are separate processes. The right is always applied from a faculty whereas funding can be applied from various sources. The deadlines for applications vary in the faculties affiliated to the doctoral school:

  • In the Faculty of Science there are four application deadlines each year.
  • In the Faculty of Arts there are two application deadlines each year.
  • In the Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Biological and Environmental Sciences, and Pharmacy there are four application deadlines each year.

Further information about the admissions are available here.