It is possible to receive funding for doctoral studies from various funds and foundations as well as to be employed in a UEF doctoral student position or in an Early Stage Researchers positions in projects funded by the Academy of Finland, Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation) or other funding agents. University also offers grants for finalising doctoral dissertation.

Funds and Foundations

Funds grant financial aid for actual research work, and for writing of the dissertation, covering the dissertation's printing costs, arranging the public defence of the dissertation, and travel costs to meetings.

The Aurora database includes funding organisations for sciences, arts and culture for both project funding and personal grants. The database includes Finnish and foreign funding opportunities, which are available for Finns or those residing in Finland. The database lists some 800 funding organisations and new funding opportunities are added on constantly to keep the database up to date. The information on Aurora is collected directly from the funding organisations.

Säätiöpalvelu (Foundation Service) offers information on Finnish funds.

University also updates the list of available grants.

Get to know the Grant Information for Researchers by Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers.

University of Eastern Finland

The doctoral programmes have salary-paying positions for UEF doctoral students. Approximately 150 doctoral students work with this funding as early stage researchers at the university every year.  The UEF doctoral student positions are salary-paying positions, enabling the doctoral students to engage in full-time study with an objective to complete the doctoral degree in four years' time.

Early Stage Researcher positions

Research projects financed e.g. by the Academy of Finland, Tekes, enterprises or EU may also offer posts of Early Stage Researchers. Open positions are published on the Open positions website.


The faculties, wherever possible, budget funds to support doctoral studies as travelling grants, grants for finalising doctoral dissertation, and dissertation printing grants. Further information on the webpages of the doctoral programmes.