Make your research plan
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.
Research plan template of the Academy of Finland in English >
Make your personal study plan
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.
To the online application system
There are two application periods every year. The next application period is:
- from 17 February to 9 March 2020 by 15:00.
In autumn 2020 the application period is:
- 1 October – 22 October 2020.
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. The appendices of your application should be uploaded to the application form within the application period. 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.
Admissions in spring 2020
The thematic doctoral programmes at the University of Lapland are currently being updated. The currently existing three thematic doctoral programmes will most likely be brought together into one thematic doctoral programme during 2020.
In the meantime, in the spring of 2020, new doctoral candidates will all be enrolled in the field-specific doctoral programme in their own Faculty (i.e. general doctoral programme). The courses offered under each field-specific doctoral programme (i.e. general doctoral programme ) is determined by the relevant Faculty.
However, all doctoral candidates have also the possibility to participate in the wide range of courses organized by the University’s Graduate School. The list of courses offered by the Graduate School is also currently being updated.
Eliisa Leskisenoja did her PhD on enjoying school in doctoral programme Communities and changing work
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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