Finland: PhD in Political, Societal and Regional Change at University of Helsinki

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Description of the doctoral programme
The Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change includes disciplines and institutions of three faculties of the University of Helsinki.

It also includes as a sub-programme the Doctoral Programme for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES).

The participating disciplines are as follows:

1. The Faculty of Social Sciences, the Department of Political and Economic Studies
• Development Studies
• Economic and Social History
• Political History
• Political Science (3 specialisation options: Administration and organisations; Politics; World politics).

2. The Faculty of Arts, the Department of World Cultures
• Area and Cultural Studies (6 specialisation options: European Studies; Latin American Studies; Nordic Studies; North American Studies; Russian and East European Studies; East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies.).

3. Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, the Department of Economics and Management
• Consumer Economics

The program includes a multidisciplinary faculty and departmental cross-national research units:
• Centre for Nordic Studies ( CENS)
• Network for European Studies (NES)

The Doctoral Programme for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) is an internationally renowned nationwide network of experts, researchers and students. The PhD students of the Programme will be integrated to the research of the Aleksanteri Institute as well as to the
activities of the Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies. The Programme is open for all PhD students of the city centre campus faculties.

Duties and eligibility of a doctoral student

The duties of a doctoral student are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. The duties also include teaching and other tasks.
A doctoral student must hold a second-cycle degree and have an approved research proposal. Other requirements include the ability and motivation, as demonstrated in previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and
research proposal. The appointee must hold the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment.


The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary will be based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary will be EUR 2022–2970 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and work experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four

Application period and submission of applications

The application period starts on 7 October 2013 and closes on 31 October 2013 at 16:00 (Finnish local time, + 2 GMT).

Only applications received by this deadline are considered given that they meet the requirements set for the applications.
The applications are submitted electronically by filling in an application form and attaching to it a single document containing the required information described on the official website. Read the instructions carefully as
inadequate applications will not be processed. The application form and the document are to be completed in English.

Content of the required document to be attached to the application form

The single document to be attached to the application form must contain the following three elements:
– Research plan including most relevant references (maximum length: 5 pages);
– Curriculum Vitae including a possible list of publications (maximum length: 2 pages);
– Description of the current stage of the dissertation work, motivational statement and how the dissertation is connected to the profile of the doctoral programme (maximum length: 1 page).
The document should be saved in a pdf-format, have a font size of at least 11 and be named using the applicant’s last and first name (e.g. Smith_Jack.pdf).

Evaluation criteria

Applications received in time and fulfilling the general application requirements are evaluated according to the following criteria:
– Quality of the research plan and its connection to the profile of the doctoral programme (e.g. the disciplines and/or fields of research represented in the programme);
– Success in previous master-level studies;
– Academic merits (e.g. publications, awards, conference presentations) and success in doctoral-level studies, where relevant.
In addition, a suitable supervisor must already be available or found for the applicant.

Time table for decision making

The names of the persons selected for the doctoral student positions will be published by the end of November.

Our programme is open for all students of the city centre campus, so it means that also PhD students from other faculties are eligible candidates as well.


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