We recommend that you contact the professor of your academic field already when planning to apply for doctoral studies. Discussion with the relevant professor on your research topic, research plan and studies give you a better understanding of the doctoral path.
If you do not know who is the professor you should contact at these early stages, please get in touch with the administrative manager or head of study affairs in the relevant faculty or the coordinator of the Graduate School. We need information about your research interest or preliminary topic to be able to connect you with a professor; please provide this information when contacting us.
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The application process includes drafting a research plan. In addition to the academic content, you should include a schedule and information about potential funding for your research.
We do not have a specific template for research plans, but we offer you the template of the Academy of Finland which you can use as you see fit for your research topic.
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Research plan template of the Academy of Finland in English >
Your application should be appended with a personal study plan. When making your plan, comply with the requirements of the doctoral programme under consideration. In each programme, you can take courses from the Graduate School's offer and from other programmes.
If you have already agreed on supervising, complete the supervising agreement.
There are two application periods every year. The next application periods are:
The dates and times are local Finnish time. If your application is successful, your study right begins either on 1 January or 1 August, depending on whether you applied in autumn or spring. It is possible to grant the study right at other times, but we require strong grounds – such as significant research funding requiring a doctoral study right – for making such an exception. Your study right application is addressed to the faculty relevant to your research.
The appendices of your application should be delivered in paper or by e-mail within the application period; more detailed guidelines about appendices can be found in the application system. The Applicant and Student Services is responsible for receiving applications and appendices.
Please note: In the application system, the easiest way to get started is by typing in the search field University of Lapland.
Eliisa Leskisenoja defended her thesis in education at the end of September. She is among the first to finish a PhD in doctoral programme Communities and changing work.
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Auður H Ingólfsdóttirʼs dissertation Climate Change and Security in the Arctic. Analysis of Norms and Values Shaping Climate Policy in Iceland was examined in the Faculty of Social Sciences. She carried out her doctoral research as a joint degree PhD candidate, in accordance with an agreement between the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lapland and the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Iceland.
Read more about Auður's dissertation >