Recruitement as a PhD student primarily follows these steps:
1) Contact a principal investigator who is working in a field that matches your background knowledge and interests in research. A current list of principal investigators is available here: www.brain-mind.fi/group-list.html.
2) If you and the principal investigator mutually agree on a common research project, start preparing your research and study plans, keeping in mind that the aim is to complete the doctoral degree in 4 years net time.
3) Make a funding plan with your supervisor for the duration of the doctoral thesis work (more info below).
4) Apply for a right to pursue doctoral degree in the University. More info on that is here: http://www.helsinki.fi/health/how_to_apply_general.html (Univ Helsinki) and http://www.aalto.fi/en/studies/education/programme/doctoral_programme_science/ (Aalto Univ)
There are several ways to get funding for doctoral studies:
a) Doctoral program: The are a limited number of 1-4 year Universiity of Helsinki -funded positions that are announced annually and the doctoral candidates are selected for funding through an open call. More information of the call for funded positions can be found here >>
b) Research group: Many research groups have project funding from e.g. Academy of Finland, Tekes, ERC, foundations, etc. and can hire doctoral candidates.
c) Personal grants: You can apply for funding from several Finnish or foreign foundations: www.aurora-tietokanta.fi/.
For further information about:
• Doctoral Program Brain & Mind (B&M), please visit www.brain-mind.fi or contact Katri Wegelius, Coordinator
• DSHealth, please visit www.helsinki.fi/health/ or contact Eeva Sievi, Coordinator (eeva.sievi [at] helsinki.fi).
• University of Helsinki International Staff Services, please visit www.helsinki.fi/intstaff/.
• For doctoral training in Aalto University, please visit into.aalto.fi/display/endoctoralsci/Homepage