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The nine schools of the University of Tampere will become six faculties from the start of 2017.

The Doctoral programmes of the School of Information Sciences will be transferring to two new faculties:

Faculty of Communication Sciences

  • Doctoral programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media
  • Doctoral programme in Interactive Technology

Faculty of Natural Sciences

  • Doctoral programme in Information and Systems

The study-related instructions and curricula of the School of Information Sciences will continue to be used in connection with these Doctoral programmes.


Salaried doctoral student positions at the School

Fixed-term salaried doctoral student positions are announced on the University's careers pages:

Before applying for a salaried doctoral student position, the applicant must have a doctoral study right at the School, or they must apply for the doctoral study right concurrently with a separate application. The number of available salaried doctoral student positions (if any) is confirmed before each application period. 

For more information, contact: HR Specialist Sivi Aalto (B1053).

Grants and other research funding

Examples of foundations, from which the doctoral students of the schools have received funding. The typical lenght of the given funding is given after the name of the foundation if it is known.

The University of Tampere Foundation 12kk

Finnish Cultural Foundation 6-12kk

Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation 12kk

Finnish Cultural Foundation, Pirkanmaa Regional Fund 6kk

Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, Väisälä Foundation 6kk

Finnish Foundation for Gaming Research 12kk

South Ostrobothnia Regional Fund 12kk

Tampereen kaupungin tiederahasto 3kk

Kone Foundation 8kk

Emil Aaltosen säätiö


AURORA database can be used for searching for funding opportunities in sciences, arts and culture. The database includes Finnish and foreign funding organisations and programmes, which are available for Finns or those residing in Finland.

National union of university students database (list of foundations in Finnish)


CIMO (Centre for International Mobility)

Exchange programmes at the University of Tampere (some of the programs are also for doctoral students)

Travelling grants awarded by the School

The School of Information Sciences awards travelling grants for participation in scientific conferences to those doctoral students who are not currently employed by the University of Tampere. For more information concerning the application process and other conditions, please see this page.

Instructions for applying

A research plan must always be included in a research funding application (there are instructions for illustrative purposes on the POSTIT seminar webpage). Because of this, postgraduate students should first focus on creating a viable research plan. Instructions on writing the research plan can be received from professor appointed as the thesis supervisor.

Starting 2013, the University of Tampere only funds doctoral studies on an employment basis (there are no more grants from the university). More information about the funding of doctoral studies is available on the Univesity of Tampere Doctoral School webpage.

Various foundations that support research can be found from the Council of Finnish Foundations webpage.

In addition, also the financial aid awarded by KELA can be used to support postgraduate studies. More information is available at

Researchers with Finnish grants must get insurance

The recipients of Finnish grants or scholarships must take out insurance if they work uninterruptedly for at least four months with a grant or scholarship awarded from Finland after 1st of Jan. 2009. The main rule is that the grant recipient should work in Finland, but not as an employee to the grant issuer.

The Farmers' Social Insurance Institution Mela is responsible for the statutory pension (MYEL) and occupational accident insurance (MATA) of the persons who have a grant or a scholarship and who have to be insured in Finland as of the beginning of 2009. This insurance is mandatory. For more information please see the Mela pages.

Academy of Finland

The Academy’s aim is to enhance the appeal and attraction of careers in research, to increase postdoctoral research opportunities and to promote women’s research careers. The Academy has consistently developed its funding instruments with a view to meeting these requirements. More information is available on the Academy research career webpage.

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