Study right to doctoral studies in Finland does not include scholarship or funding. Funding has to be applied for from various sources separately.
- The prospective doctoral researcher discusses the possibility to pursue doctoral studies in the department or school with the potential supervisor or with the person in charge of a major subject. Further information may also be asked from the contact persons of the doctoral programme.
- The prospective researcher discusses the research topic, doctoral studies and their completion, funding, as well as other supervisors with the future main supervisor. The prospective doctoral student and the supervisors must negotiate and agree on responsibilities and commitment to supervising the student's research project.
- Each doctoral researcher must have at least two supervisors. Each supervisor must have at least PhD degree. At least one of the supervisors must be a professor or have a title of docent or equivalent at the University of Eastern Finland. The main supervisor must have at least title of docent. All supervisors must give their written consent on the research plan.
The prospective doctoral researcher draws up a research plan. Please, see further instructions in ‘Research plan’.
The prospective doctoral researcher applies for the right to pursue doctoral studies using Studyinfo.fi site. Please note: Partially filled application form cannot be saved. You have to have all the obligatory attachments ready once you start filling the application form. Following documents should be attached to the application:
- Research plan, which consist of a cover page + four pages (including the list of references). The supervisors must give their written consent on the research plan in the cover page. Please, see the instructions.
- Copy of the basic university degree certificate and a transcript of earlier academic records. In case applicant’s MSc, or equivalent, degree is not completed the applicant should submit a transcript of academic records and a personal study plan for completing the remaining studies in the previous degree as well as state the estimated time of master’s graduation in the application form.
- CV, including the list of publications if any.
- Copies of licenses and permits required to conduct the research. In addition to these attachments, it should be clearly stated in the research plan what licenses the study requires, what licenses have been applied and/or what licenses are planned to be applied. In case the applicant is added to a previously applied license, the date of amendments should be stated in the research plan.
Processing of the application
Applications are evaluated and decisions are made within approximately one month after the call ends.
The dean decides whether the right to pursue doctoral studies should be granted on the basis of a proposal made by the doctoral programme. When the right to study is granted, the faculty decides on any supplementary studies required, confirms the research topic, appoints the supervisors and approves the research plan and the personal doctoral study plans. The faculty communicates its decision to the applicant, the supervisors, the Student and Learning Services and the doctoral programme in question. Similarly, negative decisions and their justifications are communicated to the applicant, the supervisors and the doctoral programme. In addition, the applicant is provided with instructions on how to appeal the decision.