Doctoral Programme in History, Culture and Arts Studies (Juno)

Juno is interdisciplinary doctorial programme that combines historical approach, cultural analysis and critical art studies. It educates specialists in cultural change bringing together 16 fields of research.

 Juno offers qualified international doctoral training providing the candidates an ability to work both independently and in team,   to produce new critical knowledge and communicate its results effectively to various audiences.

Juno graduates can build their careers as researchers and educators, specialists in cultural management, in memory organisations like museums and archives or work among scholarly publishing and editing field.

 Doctoral candidates in Juno have a major subject, a field of research that comes closest to their PhD project.

Juno is a Doctoral Programme in the Faculty of Humanities, and it is a part of The University of Turku Graduate School – UTUGS, established on August 2011. For its part, Juno ensures that the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies provides systematic and high quality doctoral training.

Juno's aims

Doctoral Schoolf of History, Culture and Arts studies (Juno)

  • organizes education, supervision and guiding for all doctoral candidates
  • support the disseration process of its doctoral candidates
  •  engage doctoral candidates with the research community and encourage them to build research networks of their own. 
  • support the deepening of doctoral candidate's special knowledge and skills and the progress of their expertise
Juno offers

Juno offers also

  • salaried doctoral candidate positions
  • travel grants
  • grants for finalizing a doctoral dissertation
  • grants for the new doctoral candidates
Operational frame

Juno is one of the 16 doctoral programmes that belong to the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS). The doctoral programme gets funding from the budget of the university via UTUGS. The UTUGS’ pay subsidy is meant for the hiring of full-time salaried doctoral candidates and the operational allowance is used to organize courses and activities for doctoral candidates and allowing travel and finalizing grants. The School of History, Culture and Arts Studies gives financial support to Juno, too. 

The positions of salaried doctoral candidates are open every fall and 6-7% of the applicants are successful. The rector of the university decides every year the amount of salaried positions in each doctoral programme after which the board of Juno decides the number and length of positions that can be opened for the application. According to the guidelines of UTUGS, the doctoral programme prefers long term contracts (max. 4 years).

All applications for salaried positions are evaluated first by two members of Juno’s board. Board members never evaluate the applicants of their own subject nor participate in the discussion concerning their applications. After this, approximately third of the applications are sent for the external evaluation. When, the doctoral programme has received the evaluations of experts who work outside the University of Turku the coordinator compiles a shortlist according to the evaluations of both board members and external experts. Those members of the Juno’s board who do not have applicants from their own subject on the shortlist will read the applications and evaluations of the shortlisted again and make the final decision. 

Juno Majors
  • Cultural History
  • Finnish History
  • European and World History  
  • Archaeology
  • Study of Religion
  • Folkloristics
  • European Ethnology
  • Art History
  • Comparative Literature
  • Finnish Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Musicology 
  • Digital Culture
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Landscape Studies     
Juno's board

Juno's board members are: Professori Terhi Utriainen (director of Juno), Professor Leila Koivunen, Professor Tutta Palin, University lecturer Mika Kallioinen, University lecturer Kaisa Ilmonen, University lecturer Tiina Mahlamäki, University lecturer Riina Haanpää, Doctoral candidate Lilli Kantti, Doctoral candidate Henry Korkeila and as a secretary, coordinator Meri Heinonen.

Salaried positions - fall 2020

Juno had positions for salaried doctoral candidates open for the maximum period of four years: 1.1.2021-31.12.2024. We received 50 applications and the board decided to choose following applicants:

Asman, Ihsan    for time period 1.1.2021-31.12.2021 (1 year)
Nikkilä, Eeva-Maria*     for time period 1.1.2021-31.12.2024 (4 years)
Poutiainen, Ella    for time period 1.3.2021-30.6.2023 (2 years 4 months)
Rezaii, Faeze*    for time period 1.1.2021-31.12.2024 (4 years)
Vuorinen, Jane     for time period 1.1.2022-31.12.2022 (1 year)

On reserve:
1. Golnar Gishnizjani 
2. Kuu Aholainen*
3. Steven Jones
4. Eevastiina Kinnunen

*On condition they accept the study right they have been granted in the Doctoral Programme Juno.

If any of the selected candidates does not accept the position, resigns or any other change occurs, the salaried months will be awarded to those in reserve places in order (but not more than until the applicant has applied). The reserve list will be valid until the next application period for the salaried position in fall 2021.

Sitaatti PhD MATTI Laitinen
As a PhD student I get to work daily with subjects I feel truly passionate about. For this I have great support from my supervisors, other researchers and other PhD students alike.
Mikko Myllyntausta, Phd candidate in the Doctoral programme of History, Culture and Arts Studies, Juno