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Studying with us

LabourNet organizes two seminars per year where its students have the opportunity to gain feedback for papers they are working on and discuss ideas with their peers, supervisors, other members and guest speakers. In addition to these seminars at least one conference and one online course is run by the graduate school annually. Our partnerships with other institutes work to the advantage of our international and local students who are regularly informed about training opportunities within Scandinavia and in other parts of Europe.
Continue reading to learn more about the content of the studies within LabourNet, the current teaching program, and about how and when to apply for membership and funding.

Content of studies

LabourNet's teaching program is organized such that a Master's graduate aiming to complete a post-graduate qualification is able to complete their studies within four years. Hence learning takes place in three main arenas:

Theoretical and methodological courses are organized in cooperation with our partner universities and institutes, as well as with Finnish and foreign experts with the aim of
the courses being relevant to all of our members. Examples of courses include:

  • Comparative research methods
  • Theoretical conceptualisations of international comparative research
  • Use of quantitative and qualitative material in welfare and social change research
  • Institutional research traditions in economic, welfare state, gender, employment and labour market research

Thematic seminars are organized, often in conjunction with the biannual LabourNet seminars. We take full advantage of the broad network of cooperation the graduate school enjoys and invite guest speakers with expertise in the field under discussion.  

Study periods abroad are taken up by several students each year. LabourNet has funding available to assist with some of the costs of participation. A study period can be anything from 3 days, to several weeks, to several months. Some examples of successful applications for study periods abroad during the period 2006-2014 include:

  • i. 3 day Luxembourg Income Study Workshop at the Social Research Institute in Copenhagen , Denmark
  • ii. 2 week summer schools in Prague
  • iii. 1 month methodology course at the Nordic Centre of India in Bangalore
  • iv. Multilevel  statistical analyses in social research at Turku University,  25-27 May 2009
  • v. InsideOut - Labour Migration in- and outside of national borders -Workshop, 18-20 April 2011 Tampere university

In addition to the aforementioned study arenas, we encourage our students to present a paper at a minimum of one conference per year, thereby gaining and exchanging knowledge and keeping up with the developments and latest discussions in their field.

Teaching programme

LabourNet courses 2014-2015 will be published soon.

Applying for membership

Students may apply to become a member of LabourNet whether they have begun their doctoral studies or not and regardless of the university that they are affiliated to. However, in order to receive financial assistance in the form of grants or funding, students must be registered at a Finnish university.

Doctoral students are encouraged to apply for non-funded membership at any point in time and gain from active participation in the graduate school.

All applications should be sent to electronically to the LabourNet coordinator, and should contain the following:

  1. The university and department, where you have a permanent study post
  2. The field of science of your studies
  3. Name and position of your supervisor(s), if any
  4. Membership to other graduate schools or research networks
  5. Keywords describing your project
  6. Research plan and detailed timetable for completion (max. 3500 words): working title of the study, theoretical foundations, research questions, data, methodological choice, and timetable
  7. Details of current or future funding and grants: supporting or financing organisation, the amount, intended use of financial support, intended time for use of financing
  8. Motivation letter (special matters or circumstances you wish to point out - max 500 words)
  9. Curriculum Vitae
  10. Supervisors evaluation on the state of the art of your studies
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