How to apply?

The doctoral programme is open for admissions throughout the year. Admission rounds for university-funded graduate school positions are announced separately. In most cases, applications for supported positions are submitted once a year. The most important admission criteria for doctoral studies are the student's performance in previous studies, a plan of the intended research (preliminary plan) of no longer than one page, a motivation letter and, where required, an interview.

When planning to apply, the applicants should carefully read the instructions and the description of the application procedure, which are described in detail in the UEF doctoral school webpage.

Apply for a right to pursue postgraduate studies from the Faculty of Science and Forestry by using the  application form of the faculty:

Application for Doctoral Studies -form (docx)
Application for Doctoral Studies -form (rtf)

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • a copy of the basic university degree certificate, and other documents which may affect the granting of a study right
  • a transcript of earlier academic records
  • a preliminary research plan approved by the main supervisor
  • if necessary, a statement from the Comittee on Research Ethics and a permission for the use of laboratory animals.

The application must include the written consent of at least two supervisors. At least one of the supervisors must be a professor, or a senior researcher with a docent's qualification, at the University of Eastern Finland. For more information about our supervisors, please see the individual research area pages.

Application with enclosures is sent to Administration Service Centre, University of Eastern Finland (post address is in the application form).


After receiving the notification of being admitted to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Eastern Finland, new doctoral students must register as a student in the University's Student Services. The faculty will send the registration form to new doctoral students enclosed with a Letter of Admittance. This form is only used on the first registration; in the following years, registration is done through intranet (WebOodi), by phone, e-mail or personal visit to Student Services. Registration for the next academic year must be completed before 15th September. Please note that in order to maintain your study right you must register to the university each year.

Postgraduate Study Plan

Doctoral student must submit a personal doctoral study plan to the Faculty Administration Office (Kaisa Laitinen, kaisa.laitinen(at), tel. 050 432 7573 in Joensuu, or in Kuopio to Anna-Leena Nylund, anna-leena.nylund(at), tel. 040 355 2882) within 3 months after receiving the study right. The study plan is written under the supervision of the subject's professor and other supervisors. The plan should include the following information: studies included in the degree and their modes of study along with a preliminary timetable. Also visits abroad are mentioned in the study plan. The meaning of the study plan is to ensure that the courses and the research form a good completeness and that the student is really able to complete the studies and research within four years.