23.11.2017

Doctoral training funding

As a rule, the right to pursue postgraduate studies does not automatically include funding (Graduate School for Doctoral Studies). In other words, The Department of Biological and Environmental Science does not take responsibility for funding of doctoral training. According to the principles of the University of Jyväskylä Graduate School for Doctoral Studies, both the doctoral student and supervisors are responsible for applying external project funding to cover the costs of doctoral student’s salary, as well as research and travel costs. More information about funding (in Finnish, in English).

Funding for research

Konnevesi grants

  • For students of the University of Jyväskylä who are not in employment relationship to the university
  • For research groups (2-5 persons) and students of the University of Jyväskylä who are in employment relationship to the university
    • Includes accommodation at the Konnevesi Research Stations for the duration of 2-5 days, the travel expenses between Jyväskylä and Konnevesi, and daily allowances
    • Can be applied all year round
    • More information (in Finnish, in English)

Science Council's mobility grants

  • International mobility grants for researchers and PhD students for strengthening international cooperation and career development
  • The Science Council of the University of Jyväskylä evaluates the applications
  • More information (in Finnish, in English)

The Doctoral Programme’s doctoral student positions

The Doctoral Programme has doctoral student positions financed by the University of Jyväskylä (i.e. a fixed-term employment relationship with the University). As a rule, the Doctoral Programme’s doctoral student positions will be granted for 4 years. A doctoral student will initially be given a one year employment contract and after the first evaluation and providing satisfactory progress is demonstrated, the contract can be extended for a maximum of 3 years (see Rector's decision). If funding is available, the Doctoral Programme may also award shorter than 4 year positions to those doctoral students who have already started their postgraduate studies in the programme and who have pursued doctoral studies for less than 4 years. The positions are advertised once a year in autumn and the application documents are specified in the advertisement. The selection is based on general international application procedures.

Contracts

The right of postgraduate study should be granted before the employment contract of the doctoral student with the University of Jyväskylä can be made (University of Jyväskylä Regulations 32 §, in Finnish, in English).

A doctoral student will initially be given a one year employment contract or a personal grant. After the first evaluation and providing satisfactory progress is demonstrated, the contract can be extended for a further 3 years (maximum) or for the time needed to conclude the PhD degree. The funding period for a doctoral student is four years, except in special circumstances such as family and health reasons which should be approved by the Dean of the Faculty (see Rector's decision). The Head will sign the employment contract (More information: Paula Sarkkinen). The employment contract can be terminated if the doctoral student does not comply with the obligations required by the Doctoral Programme or the rules of the University. Contract termination will be done according to the standard policy of the University and the Finnish employment contract law (in Finnish, in English).

Agreement on conducting research (in Finnish: apurahatutkijan sopimus) using the University's premises and equipment is made if a person conducting research at the University of Jyväskylä has no an employment relationship with the University of Jyväskylä. The agreement is signed by the head of the department. More information: Anna Liisa Kotiranta.