Suomeksi
 
 
Application requirements in Autumn 2018

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR DOCTORAL CANDIDATE POSITIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TURKU GRADUATE SCHOOL, KEVEKO AND OPPI DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES

 

1 Doctoral Programmes at the Faculty of Education: KEVEKO and OPPI

The Doctoral Programme on Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning and Comparative Education Research (KEVEKO) studies learning and education as a part of life cycle and as a social and cultural activity. Education is mainly studied as a social phenomenon. The programme is linked to research conducted at the Department of Education and the Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education (CELE). Professor Risto Rinne acts as the Head of the programme.

The Doctoral Programme on Learning, Teaching and Learning Environments Research (OPPI) educates internationally oriented, professional researchers and experts in learning, teaching and learning environments who promote evidence-based development activity in different fields of education. The programme is linked to the research conducted at the Department of Teacher Education and the Centre for Research on Learning and Instruction (CeRLI). Professor Erno Lehtinen acts as the Head of the programme.

 

2 Application period and what can be applied for

From September 3, 2018 to September 21, 2018 the KEVEKO and OPPI Doctoral Programmes invite applications for:
 
a) the right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Turku
 
b) fixed-term Doctoral Candidate positions
The Doctoral Candidate positions begin on January 1, 2019 at the earliest and it is for a maximum of four years. The positions are primarily intended for full-time doctoral dissertation research with the aim of completing the doctoral degree in four years. Other duties than those related to doctoral dissertation research must not compromise the full-time doctoral dissertation research. As a rule, teaching can be at most 5% (maximum about 80 h/ academic year) of the annual working time of the Doctoral Candidate.
 
The Doctoral Candidate is employed either at the Department of Education (Doctoral Candidates of KEVEKO) or at the Department of Teacher Education (Doctoral Candidates of OPPI) according to the candidate’s doctoral programme.
 
The salary is based on the salary system of Finnish universities. It consists of a task-specific salary component and a personal performance salary component. The task-specific salary component of the Doctoral Candidate is at level 2–4 of teaching and research personnel; 2 005,71 - 2 500,06 euro per month. The component based on personal performance is max. 46.3 % of the task-specific salary. The task-specific salary component for a beginning Doctoral Candidate is typically on level 2. A probationary period of 6 months applies.


c) both of the above (a and b).

  

3 Who may apply

The right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Education, University of Turku can be applied by

  • Persons who meet the eligibility criteria for pursuing a doctoral degree, as stipulated in the Universities Act (558/2009, Section 37) as well as the eligibility criteria for the right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Education.

 Doctoral Candidate positions can be applied by

  • Persons who have an active right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Education, University of Turku, and who have not previously received four years of full-time funding for their doctoral studies.
  • Persons who have not yet been granted the right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Education, University of Turku, but match the profile of one of the doctoral programmes in the faculty and meet the eligibility criteria for the right to study for a doctoral degree (see 3.1). As the right to study for a doctoral degree is a precondition for receiving a Doctoral Candidate position funded by the University, the applicant must apply for both the right to study for a doctoral degree as well as a Doctoral Candidate position


Persons who already have a doctoral degree from a Finnish university cannot apply for the Doctoral Candidate position.

According to Section 39 of the University of Turku Rules of Procedure a person selected for the post of a Doctoral Candidate is required to have a higher university degree and must have an accepted research plan. In addition, when acquiring his or her degree or otherwise, he or she is required to have demonstrated the ability and motivation to undertake postgraduate studies and the capacity to complete a doctoral degree in accordance with the research plan.

 

4 Applying

4.1 Application documents

Doctoral Candidate positions and the right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Education are applied by filling in an electronic form and attaching the required additional documents into the electronic application form. Application documents are specified at the end of this call for applications (Appendix 1). Applicants will be notified separately on potential candidates’ optional, additional interviews.

A link to the electronic application form will be published on this website before the application period starts. The application form opens September 3, 2018 and closes September 21, 2018 at 23.59 p.m.

All application documents must be written either in Finnish or in English. The application documents will not be returned to the sender.

NOTE! When applying for a fixed-term Doctoral Candidate position in OPPI doctoral programme:

  • An article-based dissertation is required from those selected for Doctoral Candidate positions
  • The research plan must be written in English

4.2 Assessment of applications

Applications for the Doctoral Candidate positions and for the right to study for a doctoral degree are reviewed by the steering committee of the KEVEKO and OPPI Doctoral Programmes. Applications may also be sent for evaluation to national and/or international reviewers. Before making selection research proposals will be checked by using Turnitin Originality Check (system for electrical plagiarism detection).  

In the selection of Doctoral Candidate positions the following issues are stressed: quality and feasibility of the research plan, applicant’s merits and completed studies. Also applicant’s capability and motivation to complete a doctoral degree are evaluated. The applicant’s previous funding received for doctoral studies is taken into consideration when defining the period of Doctoral Candidate position.

When admitting the right to study for a doctoral degree, the eligibility criteria of the applicant (see 3.1.) and the selection criteria of the Faculty of Education are considered in addition to above mentioned criteria. A prerequisite for admission is that there is at least one person who has agreed to act as a supervisor and who fulfills the qualification requirements for supervisors. The main supervisor should be a professor or a docent employed in the faculty (Department of Education or Department of Teacher Education). The other supervisor should be at least a doctor. In addition, the applicant’s research topic must fit in with the profile of the Doctoral Programme.

5 Decisions

The Dean of the Faculty of Education decides on recruitment of the applicant on a Doctoral Candidate positions, based on the proposals of the steering committees of the Doctoral Programmes. The Vice-Dean of research affairs of the Faculty of Education decides on granting the right to study for a doctoral degree, based on the proposals of the steering committee of the Doctoral Programmes. The right to study for a doctoral degree begins January 1, 2019.

The names of the applicants who have been selected for the Doctoral Candidate positions will be published on the website of the faculty by the end of November 2018. The names of the applicants who have been granted the right to study for a doctoral degree will be published on the notice board of the faculty. All applicants will be personally informed on the decisions.

An admitted applicant has to notify University of Turku of his/her acceptance of the study place by the 14 December 2018 at 15.00 (GMT +2) according to the instructions given in the admission notification. If the admitted applicant does not give the notification in the time indicated, he/she shall forfeit the study place. A person admitted to more than one university or polytechnic degree has to notify only the degree in which he/she accepts the study place. Notification is binding, it is not possible to cancel or change it later.

According to Finnish legislation, student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term (autumn term 1.8.-31.12. or spring term 1.1.-31.7). This rule applies to all higher education. Higher education degrees included in the rule are Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences, Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities and Licentiate and Doctoral degrees awarded by Finnish universities. Only exemptions are Transfer student selections, the Åland Polytechnic and the Police College of Finland.

6 Appeal for rectification

If an applicant is dissatisfied with the result of the student selection (right to study for a doctoral degree), he/she has the right to submit an application for the rectification of the decision to the Faculty of Education within 14 days of the official publishing of the results. Contact information: edupostgraduate@utu.fi, +358 29 450 4195.

 7 Additional information

Faculty of Education
edupostgraduate@utu.fi.
www.utu.fi/edu/en

 

 

APPENDIX 1. Description of the application documents

Please note, that the documents must be submitted as pdf files.

 
a) Applying for a right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Education
IN ADDITION to the electronic form, the documents 1-6 (+ 7) must be submitted.

b) Applying for a Doctoral Candidate position
IN ADDITION to the electronic form, the documents 1-3 must be submitted.

c) Applying both of the above, i.e. a right to study for a doctoral degree and a Doctoral Candidate position
IN ADDITION to the electronic form, the documents 1-6 (+ 7) must be submitted. All documents must be in PDF format.

 

1. Research plan

Please see the instructions, links are on the upper right corner of this page.
 

By attaching the research plan to the application form the applicant gives permission for checking the research plan with Turnitin Originality Check (system for electrical plagiarism detection).

2. Curriculum vitae (in Finnish or in English)

Please see the instructions of Academy of Finland for writing a CV. CV includes a list of the publications. The list of publications should follow the publication type classification by Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.

3. Motivation letter

Motivation letter is one page long freeform document, which includes the reasons for applying for the doctoral studies and/or Doctoral Candidate position in the Faculty of Education, University of Turku.

4. A copy of the degree certificates and the transcript of study records

A. If the applicant has completed the former degree(s) which make him/her eligible for doctoral studies at a University in Finland, the degree certificates, the transcripts of study records and other educational documents which may influence in the student selection must be attached in the electronic application form.
 
B. If the applicant has completed the former degree(s) which make him/her eligible for doctoral studies at a University abroad (i.e. outside Finland), the degree certificates, the transcripts of study records and other educational documents, which may influence in the student selection must be attached in the electronic application form. If the original degree certificates and other educational documents are not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations to one of these languages are required. Translations of the educational documents must be issued by the awarding institution, officially certified copy of a translation issued by the awarding institution, translated by an official translator or an officially certified copy of a translation made by an official translator.
 
Those applicants who have been granted the right to study and who have completed their studies at a University abroad have to submit officially certified copies of the degree certificates, other educational documents and the official translations of the documents to the University of Turku according to the instructions given in the admission notification. The right to study for a doctoral degree is conditional until this is done.

 5. Certification of the language skills

 6. An evaluation on the research plan and the applicant’s ability to carry out the doctoral degree filled in by the first supervisor

The student should personally discuss about supervision with their main supervisor before applying for the studies. The supervisor delivers the evaluation directly to the Faculty of Education.

7. Those carrying out postgraduate studies elsewhere must present a reason for transferring to the Faculty of Education, University of Turku. In addition, a written consent from a previous supervisor is required.

 
The application form and the enclosures must be delivered by the application deadline. Those applications that have not arrived by the deadline will not be processed.
 

 

Keywords:
Tags: