Salaried doctoral education at the University of Lapland attracts a great deal of attention


At the turn of the year, the University of Lapland had four paid doctoral education vacancies, which were sought by 82 applicants. The positions relate to the new, multidisciplinary doctoral education alternative ”The Arctic in a Changing World”. The final selection of the successful candidates will be made in March.

The application period ended on 21 January 2021, and there were both Finnish and international applicants.

– We have just recently renewed the multidisciplinary thematic doctoral programme adhering to the joint strategy of the Lapland University Consortium. I am thrilled to notice the wide interest it has received. We also marketed the positions actively through recruitment platforms targeted to international researchers, says Osmo Rätti, the vice-rector responsible for research at the University of Lapland.

There were applicants to all the disciplines represented by the four faculties of the university – education, law, art and design, and social sciences – that produce roughly 30 doctors annually.

– Our aim is to continue being an appealing PhD research environment among first-rate applicants – both domestic and international researchers keen on Arctic issues, Rätti continues.

Application for doctoral programmes takes place annually in spring and in autumn. The next application period is 9 February – 2 March 2021.

A new doctoral programme: The Arctic in a Changing World

Doctoral candidates may choose either a discipline-based or a multidisciplinary thematic doctoral programme. The multidisciplinary programme ”The Arctic in a Changing World” contains themes from all the scientific and art areas of the university. Programme-compliant specialisation takes place through a separate 20-credit thematic component and the doctoral candidate’s own dissertation research. The programmes offer a doctoral degreein arts, administrative science, social sciences, law, education or philosophy.

Web page of the doctoral programme:

Web page for applicants:

Further information:

Osmo Rätti, Vice-Rector responsible for research, Director of the Graduate School

Juha Himanka, Chair of the doctoral programme