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University of Jyväskylä Doctoral Programs in Finland

Deadline: September 14, 2023

The application process for the University of Jyväskylä Doctoral Programs in Finland is now open. Interested in a doctoral program from one of the top ranked Universities in Finland? The University of Jyväskylä is among the top three percent and represents the best of the world in several of its disciplines. The University’s vision is to be a global leader in the study of learning, well being and basic natural phenomena, reshaping competence to build a sustainable society.

The university has a multidisciplinary research environment an open and collaborative community of almost 2,600 experts and 14,700 students committed to development an innovating solutions.

with up to 200 doctors graduating every year from the six faculties of the University of Jyväskylä, The university’s main aim is to educate professionals in research and competent and versatile experts in various fields for the needs of society.

As a doctoral student, you will excel within your own field of study/research in order to develop a readiness to independently and critically apply scientific research methods and create new scientific knowledge.


There are several ways of securing funding for your doctoral research at the university of Jyväskylä

  1. Research projects: lots of doctoral students in the faculty get funding from varying research projects. These projects are usually proposed and managed by faculty supervisors who also make sure that they secure funding for students assigned to these projects
  2. Faculty of Information Technology: The Doctoral School of the Faculty of Information Technology regularly provides funding for doctoral students. Every year, several funding options are announced by the faculty for students to apply. New doctoral students can apply for a grant to fund the first year of their studies
  3. Foundations: The foundations have typically annual deadline for applications and they usually provide scholarship for a year at a time. The scholarship is about 1600-1900 euros/month and it is regarded as a tax free benefit.


In order to apply, you must full fill the following application conditions:

  • Applicants must have a master’s degree with sufficient studies in the subjects of the Faculty or in subjects closely related to them. The degree has to be completed and verifiable by 15 December, 2023. Degrees must be:
    • A relevant master’s degree awarded by a university or
    • relevant master’s degree awarded by a university of applied sciences or
    • A relevant study programme abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for the corresponding level of higher education.
  • You must be Fluent in English. Students selected for doctoral degree programmes are required to have proficiency in Finnish or English at the admission stage. Accepted English proficiency certificate are
    • TOEFL iBT: 92
    • IELTS Academic: 6.5
    • PTE Academic: 62
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE): passing level A, B, C or C1
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): passing level A, B or C
  • Applicants may be exempted from providing an English language proficiency certificate if :
    • They have completed in Finland a higher education degree (i.e. master’s level or higher) that provides eligibility for the doctoral studies.
    • Applicants have completed a higher education degree (i.e. master’s level or higher) that provides eligibility for the doctoral studies in English in an EU/EEA country, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
    • Language proficiency can also be demonstrated with another higher education degree that is equivalent to or higher than the degree providing eligibility to apply and has been completed in above-mentioned countries.


Applications open 15 August and close 14 September for the academic year 2024/2025 (Starting studies in Fall April 2024). Applications are submitted online using the online application portal on the university website. Applicants will be required to first contact a potential supervisor with whom they must agree on a potential research project. Supervisors must also issue a letter of support for the candidature.

There are 5 specialization options (and the degree) of interest each one having its own application instructions and procedures

  • Information Systems (Ph.D. or D.Sc.)
  • Computational Science (Ph.D.)
  • Software and Communications Engineering (Ph.D.)
  • Cognitive Science (Ph.D.)
  • Learning Science (Ph.D.)

To apply, click here

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