Doctoral Programme in History, Culture and Arts Studies - Admission Criteria and Instructions for Applicants

How to Apply

You can apply for the doctoral programme twice a year. The application periods for the academic year 2023-2024 are

  • 28.8.2023 - 15.9.2023 (study right begins 1.1.2024  + doctoral researcher positions under an employment contract  1.1.2024-31.12.2027).
  • 28.2.2024 - 15.3.2024 (study right begins 1.8.2024)

 You can apply 

  • a  right to pursue the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Turku (both application periods)
  • a salaried position as a Doctoral Candidate (fix-term) (only the autumn application period)

Important information for international applicants:

Applicants must supply a copy of the degree certificate (diploma) and also a copy of the previous degree certificate, along with a copy of the transcript of records or other qualifications.

  • scanned original degree certificates (in the same language as the degree was completed in)
  • scanned original transcripts of study records (in the same language as the degree was completed in)
  • scanned other original educational documents which may be of relevance in the student selection

If the original degree certificates and other educational documents are not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations to one of these languages must also be submitted. An official translation here refers to a translation of the educational documents issued by the awarding institution or a translation made by an authorized translator. A transcript in English can be replaced by a Diploma Supplement awarded by a European educational institution if it contains the information about completed courses and other study attainments.

  • There are required knowledge of languages. Please visit: UTUGS pages

Before applying it is needed to have a contact with the academic staff ie. the professor in charge of doctoral studies in your field at least one month before the application period closes.

Call for Applications and Link to the Application Form

Call for Applications - Juno Autumn 2023

Link to the Application Form can be found on UTUGS page (opens 28 August) - choose the right doctoral programme.

Check list when applying
  • You need 2 supervisors (and major for your degree)
  • You need a statement / evaluation of the major subject (professor). Contact the department of your major subject in time (for at least one month before submitting an application). The easiest way to contact the major subject is to fill in this ->form
  • Design your 40-60 ECTS, it will be asked in the application form (an extensive plan can be attached as a separate document)
  • Prepare the documents: research plan, letter of motivation, the copies of degree certification and transcript of records (and translations if needed). possible language certificates and a copy of a valid passport
  • Familiarize yourself with the application instructions of the Faculty of Humanities


Major subjects and persons in charge of doctoral studies
  • Archaelogy, professor Georg Haggrén (georg.haggren(at)
  • Cultural History, professor Hannu Salmi (hansalmi(at)
  • Finnish History, professor Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen (kirsi.vainio-korhonen(at)
  • European and World History, professor Taina Syrjämaa (taina.syrjamaa(at)
  • Folkloristics, professor Anne Heimo (anne.heimo(at)
  • European Ethnology, University lecturer Tiina Suopajärvi (tiina.suopajarvi(at)
  • Study of Religion, professor MInna Opas (minna.opas(at)  
  • Finnish Literature, professor Viola Čapková (viocap(at)
  • Media Studies, professor Susanna Paasonen (susanna.paasonen(at)
  • Musicology, university lecturer Milla Tiainen (miltia(at)
  • Gender Studies, professor Anu Koivunen (anu.koivunen(at)
  • Art History, professor Tutta Palin (
  • Comparative Literature, professor Hanna Meretoja (hanna.meretoja(at)
  • Digital Culture, professor Jaakko Suominen (jaakko.suominen(at)
  • Cultural Heritage, professor Anna Sivula (anna.sivula(at)
  • Landscape Studies, professor Maunu Häyrynen (maunu.hayrynen(at)utu.f
Evaluation of applications for salaried positions

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 researchers and the operational allowance is used to organize courses and activities for doctoral researchers 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 researchers 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 (usually 3/year). According to the guidelines of UTUGS, the doctoral programme prefers long term contracts (max. 4 years).

Applications which arrive in time and meet the criteria for the Doctoral Programme will be evaluated by the Board of the programme in cooperation with external experts. The evaluation will take into consideration the quality of the research plan, the feasibility of the plan, the motivation and the statement of the department (major subject). The phase of the doctoral research and any other funding received by the applicant for doctoral studies is taken into consideration when determining the duration of the Doctoral Researcher position.

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 these 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. 

Faculty of Humanities - How to Apply