Funding for doctoral studies

Funding options should be discussed with the supervisor already when planning to apply for a doctoral study right and creating a research plan. The right to pursue doctoral studies does not include funding or a contract of employment or an office or teaching tasks at the University. However, full-time doctoral students need funding to cover their costs of living and potential research costs (accommodation, travel costs, research material etc.).

Doctoral studies can be funded for example by a scholarship, by working as a researcher in a research project, by working as a doctoral candidate at the University of Eastern Finland (doctoral student position), or by studying part-time while at work. Doctoral students apply for funding themselves. Information on ongoing calls can be found from UEF// News and Events web page Available grants.

It is rather difficult for international doctoral students to receive funding from Finnish foundations, associations and public communities. There are however some funding possibilties for international doctoral students, for example EDUFI Scholarship. The Aurora database includes Finnish and foreign funding programmes, which are available for Finns or those residing in Finland. The database lists some 800 funding organisations and new funding opportunities are constantly added to keep the database up to date.

UEF doctoral student positions

The doctoral programmes of the University of Eastern Finland invite applications for doctoral student positions. Approximately 150 doctoral students work with this funding as early stage researchers at our university every year.  The UEF doctoral student positions are salary-paying positions, enabling the doctoral students to engage in full-time study with an objective to complete the doctoral degree in four years' time. Doctoral students completing their doctoral degree at the University of Eastern Finland are able to apply for the UEF doctoral student positions. The maximum duration of the doctoral student positions is four years. The persons selected to the UEF doctoral student positions will be hired as early stage researchers by the University of Eastern Finland. The UEF doctoral student positions may be applied for by persons already are enrolled as doctoral students at the University of Eastern Finland and by persons planning to complete their doctoral degree at the University of Eastern Finland.

 The next round of applications will open spring 2021.

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