Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG)

The Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) is a multidisciplinary doctoral programme that educates specialists with wide knowledge on natural science research.

Reseach themes

Biology and Environmental Science

Research topics cover all the levels from cell and molecular biology, physiology and genetics to biodiversity research, individual species, interaction between species and evolutionary phenomena on population and community level.

Research in Biology

Research in Biodiversity Unit

Geography and Geology

Research focuses on the dynamic processes of the Earth at various scales of space and time. The research topics ranges from sedimentology and historical environmental changes to innovation of environments and urban structures.

Research in Geography and Geology

UTUGS funded doctoral candidate position - decisions


BGG steering committee has decided to propose the following applicants to be selected for the funded doctoral candidate positions (autumn 2019 call):

Name:                                                     Funding period:

Heino, Hanna (Human geography)         1 / 2020 -  7  / 2020
Keskiniva, Janina (Biology)                      6 / 2020 -  5  / 2023
Liehrmann, Océane (Biology)                 1 / 2020 - 12 / 2023
Martínez Muñoz, Carlos (Biodiversity)    1 / 2020 - 12 / 2020
Ukonaho, Susanna (Biology)                   3 / 2020 -   9 / 2023

On Reserve:

Uurasmaa, Tytti-Maria (Biology)            1. Reserve position
Zamani, Alireza (Biodiversity)                2. Reserve position
Kärkkäinen, Tiia (Biology)                      3. Reserve position
Blåfield, Linnea (Physical geography)   4. Reserve position
Cossin-Sevrin, Nina (Biology)                 5. Reserve position
Pyykkönen, Siiri (Human geography)    6. Reserve position
N.N. (Physical geography)                      7. Reserve position

BGG grant for completing a doctoral degree - decisions

Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) grant for completing a doctoral degree 2020/1

BGG Steering committee has decided to appropriate grant for completing a doctoral degree to following applicants:

Name:                      Months granted:
Khamis Zakaria        2 months
Koskikala Joni          2 months

The awarded grant period must be used continuously within the time period 1 January - 30 June 2020. During the grant period, the doctoral candidate is assumed to complete the studies required for the doctoral degree and/or finalize the dissertation manuscript so that it can be submitted for pre-examination. The grant requires full-time studies. The grant cannot be received at the same time with earned income from the University of Turku, full-time work by other employer, or another working grant. The grant recipient commits to reporting on progress within four weeks of the end of the grant period.


Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) grant for completing a doctoral degree 2020/2

BGG Steering committee has decided to appropriate grant for completing a doctoral degree to following applicants:

Name:                     Months granted:
Crawley Jennifer     3 months
Sarraude Tom        1 month

The awarded grant period must be used continuously within the time period 1 July - 31 December 2020. During the grant period, the doctoral candidate is assumed to complete the studies required for the doctoral degree and/or finalize the dissertation manuscript so that it can be submitted for pre-examination. The grant requires full-time studies. The grant cannot be received at the same time with earned income from the University of Turku, full-time work by other employer, or another working grant. The grant recipient commits to reporting on progress within four weeks of the end of the grant period.

BGG travel grant - decisions

Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) -  Travel grants

BGG Doctoral Programme supports the travelling of its students to events, which benefit the students' networking and learning possibilities e.g. scientific meetings and courses. BGG may give partial grants, in which case the applicant needs to cover the remaining costs by other means. Grants are not given to the research visit or field trip. The travel grant can be received only once per year.

Call 2020/1: BGG Steering committee has decided to appropriate travel grant to following applicants:

Name:                         Sum:
Umer Alvi                    600 EUR
Pablo Perez Chaves   1000 EUR
Luca Pettinau              400 EUR

Call 2020/2: BGG Steering committee has decided to appropriate travel grant to following applicant:

Name:                         Sum:
Linda Laakso              1000 EUR

BGG grant for completing a doctoral degree - 3/2020

BGG DOCTORAL PROGRAMME GRANT FOR COMPLETING A DOCTORAL DEGREE (3/2020)

APPLICATION PERIOD:  14 September – 28 September 2020 (the call closes at 23:59:59).

GRANT PERIOD: The grant can be applied for 1–3 months. The awarded grant must be used without a break within the time period: 1 October – 31 December 2020.

GRANT AMOUNT: 1 727 euros/month

TARGET GROUP: The grant can be applied for by a person who is in the final stages of completing a doctoral degree, who has been granted the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Turku in BGG Doctoral Programmme and who will defend the dissertation in a public examination at the University of Turku. Please, apply the grant only if you will defend the dissertation during the year 2020 or at the beginning of the year 2021. Otherwise, apply the grant in the next call. Delay in the studies due to coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is taken into account in the evaluation. In this call, also those applicants, who have already received once the BGG grant for completing a doctoral degree, are eligible on condition that their studies have delayed due to coronavirus.           

PURPOSE OF USE OF THE GRANT AND THE CONDITIONS OF APPLYING: During the grant period, the doctoral candidate is assumed to complete the studies required for the doctoral degree and/or finalize the dissertation manuscript so that it can be submitted for pre-examination. The grant requires full-time studies. The grant cannot be received at the same time with earned income from the University of Turku, full-time work by other employer, or another working grant. The grant recipient commits to reporting on progress within four weeks of the end of the grant period. If the situation of the applicant is changed so that abovementioned conditions are no longer fulfilled, the grant recipient must inform the BGG coordinator without delay.

APPLICATION LINK:

https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/open_job_view.html?did=5600&lang=en&id=00009744&jc=28

FUNDING DECISIONS: The applications submitted by the deadline will be evaluated by the Doctoral Programme using the following criteria:

 -the completion rate of an article-based dissertation/the completion rate of a monograph
 -the completion rate of the studies required for the degree
 -the realism of the plan for completing the doctoral degree
 -the earlier granted funding for doctoral studies
 -the need for funding that enables full-time studies and the significance of the grant for completing the degree

 -the delay in the studies due to coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

The grant recipients will be informed personally.

FURTHER INFORMATION: BGG Coordinator Sari Järvi (sari.jarvi@utu.fi, tel. +358 50 358 4596)

BGG contact information

Email: sci-docstudies@utu.fi

BGG Director:
Associate professor Jon Brommer
jon.brommer@utu.fi, +358 50 534 3360

BGG Coordinator:
Coordinator Sari Järvi
sari.jarvi@utu.fi, +358 50 358 4596

Sitaatti phd BGG Munoz
Changed country and institution because of my supervisor's top expertise. Best decision ever!
Carlos Martínez, BGG doctoral candidate, Zoological Museum, UTU