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Doctoral training environment

The University of Oulu, located at the heart of the globally recognized Oulu region R&D hub in Northern Finland, promotes advanced research especially in the focus areas of Biosciences and Health, Environment, Natural Resources and Materials, Information Technology, and Cultural Identity and Interaction. The University, with its 6 faculties and more than 70 specialist disciplines, cooperates closely with industry and commerce, and has broad connections with many international research and education institutions.

The University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) provides the framework and conditions for high-quality, research-driven doctoral education at the University of Oulu. UniOGS promotes the development of structured Doctoral Programmes covering the areas of Technology, Natural Sciences, Biosciences, Health Sciences, and Human Sciences, and nurtures effective student-supervisor relationships founded on both motivation and commitment. UniOGS thus aims to create a favourable environment for the planning, execution and timely completion of doctoral education tailored to each student.

The Doctoral Programmes of UniOGS provide systematic and comprehensive doctoral training allowing the completion of the doctoral degree within a period equivalent to four years of full-time study; the time may be adjusted to take into account other possible employment or training obligations of the doctoral student. The doctoral training offered within the doctoral programmes promotes and strengthens high-quality research in the University of Oulu strategic focus and development areas, and assures that students acquire good working-life skills that address the needs of both the work-place and society.

General description of the positions and the minimum requirements for selection

The University of Oulu Graduate School now invites applications for 101 doctoral student positions for 2014 – 2017, funded by the University of Oulu and distributed between 8 Doctoral Programmes. Six additional “open research project” positions will be allocated to applicants whose research relates to any focus area of the University of Oulu.

The positions are available from the 1st of January, 2014, for highly motivated and talented students wishing to undertake and complete training for a research-focused doctoral degree. The durations of the funded positions are for two years, ending on 31st December 2015, or for four years, ending on 31st December 2017. Depending on the Doctoral Programme, the funded period may include a trial period of up to four months. Applicants may apply for multiple positions open in this call, but successful candidates may occupy only one doctoral student position.

The salary of the selected doctoral students will be set on levels 1–4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a supplementary remuneration will be given for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 46.3% of whatever salary scale (1 - 4) is set for the post. The total salary for these levels (before tax) currently ranges from about 1770 to 3560 Euros/month for full-time employment.

All applicants must hold a Master’s degree or an equivalent degree (e.g. licentiate) in a relevant field by the end of 2013, and be able to demonstrate sufficient language skills in English or Finnish. The degree will have been accredited with good grades (at least 60% of the maximum grade in both taught studies and the Master’s thesis. Lower grades and Bachelor level degree holders will not be considered). Note that these are the minimum requirements for selection; individual Doctoral Programmes may impose additional or more stringent requirements.

All applicants must include the following documents in their application:

A completed “Application for doctoral student positions” form;
Important: All applicants should read ”Technical issues” for instructions on how to save the application form, and if you have problems opening the form;

Scanned electronic copies of all documents requested in the Application for doctoral student positions form, including: two signed reference letters, diplomas and transcripts of the records of previous degrees, and certificates of language proficiency tests if required;
Electronic copies of all additional documents requested by the Doctoral Programme to which you are applying. Details for these are provided in the individual call texts of the Doctoral Programmes.
All application documents are to be submitted electronically as attachments to a single e-mail addressed to the University of Oulu Registrar’s Office (, or before 16th September, 2013, 15.00 (GMT+2hrs). Applications received after the deadline, or incomplete applications, will not be considered.

Positions available (click on the acronyms to go to the doctoral programme-specific call texts)

Sub-call 1. 5 four-year doctoral student positions in Engineering, Natural sciences, and Environmental sciences (ADMA-DP);

Sub-call 2. 12 four-year doctoral student positions in biomedicine, molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, developmental biology, genetics, structural biology and bioinformatics (BCO-DP/A);

Sub-call 3. 3 four-year doctoral student positions in projects promoting international and/or national cooperation, and interdisciplinary research in biomedicine, molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, developmental biology, genetics, structural biology, bioinformatics, statistics, biocomputing, bioelectronics (BCO-DP/B)

Sub-call 4. 10 four-year and 5 two-year doctoral student positions in humanities, education, business (marketing and management), and human geography (EUDA-DP);

Sub-call 5. 7 four-year doctoral student positions in astronomy, physics, chemistry, mathematics and statistics (Exactus-DP);

Sub-call 6. 20 four-year and 14 two-year doctoral student positions in electrical engineering, photonics, electronics design, electronics materials & components, computer science and engineering, communications engineering, and information processing science (InfotechDP);

Sub-call 7. Multiple two-year doctoral student positions (renewable), with research periods of 3 – 12 months/year, in clinical medicine, dental science, biomedicine, health science, and medical technology (MRC Oulu-DP);

Sub-call 8. 4 four-year and 1 two-year doctoral student positions in accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, and marketing (OBSDP);

Sub-call 9. 5 four-year and 2 two-year doctoral student positions in Northern environment, climate change, resource management, wellbeing in the North, and conflict resolution (ThuleDP);

Sub-call 10. 4 four-year and 2 two-year doctoral student positions for open research projects at the University of Oulu (Open-Res).

Further information

Applicants will be informed of the results of the selection process by e-mail during the second or third weeks of October, 2013. The final list of selected students will be published on the web pages of the University of Oulu Graduate School.

For information concerning the specific Doctoral Programme calls and positions, please follow the instructions given in the Doctoral Programme call texts (links provided in “Positions available” above).

For further information concerning the General Call and application procedures, contact:

Coordinator Anthony Heape (e-mail:; phone: +358-40-8676666).


Ito Ako's picture


I emmanuel I solicits a scholarship to the doctorate you in ouluI the program envirenment planning . I m Congolese bukavu the floor. graduated in missiology deu universtaire center peace bukavu
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link to the grad school

Kindly follow the instructions and the link provided. :) I don't give scholarships myself. I just post information for people to access.

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