If your application is successful, you are granted a doctoral study right. You must personally arrange funding for your doctoral studies; it can be based on either salary or grants. The most financially stable way is to get an employed position in a doctoral programme. Such positions are open quite rarely and they are understandably actively competed for. Therefore, it is wise to explore other funding opportunities as well.
Even though doctoral candidates are not required to pay tuition fees in Finland, living costs here are substantial. Thus, funding is definitely not something that you can disregard.
Apply for a salaried position
At the moment, the University of Lapland does not offer funding for the entire period of your doctoral studies. Any salaried researcher positions will be announced at
– ulapland.fi/tyopaikat (job advertisements in Finnish)
– ulapland.fi/vacancies (job advertisements in English).
We publish researcher vacancies also at the TE Services' website and, depending on the vacancy, through other Finnish and international channels.
It is also possible to apply for research projects headed by experienced researchers. Most of these extensive research projects are funded by the Academy of Finland and last for several years.
Apply for a grant
Many researchers work – at least for some time on their doctoral path – on grants provided by foundations and associations. Ask your supervisor for more advice on funding opportunities in your field. It is worth looking into the Aurora database which is an extensive source of academic grants.
We have a nonstop application period for grants provided by the thematic programmes and the Rector. At the moment, you can apply for a grant for finalising your dissertation. Please read the instructions carefully and ensure that you include all necessary information and annexes in your application before submitting it.
See more information about Grant information for researchers -guidebook published by The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers (FUURT).