20 grants available for full-time doctoral studies (deadline: August 6, 2015)
The Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology (HICT) is a collaborative doctoral education network hosted jointly by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, the two leading universities within this area in Finland. The network involves at present 60 professors and over 200 doctoral students, and the participating units graduate altogether more than 40 new doctors each year. The activities of HICT are structured along five research area specific tracks:
- Algorithms and machine learning
- Life science informatics
- Networks, networked systems and services
- Software and service engineering and systems
- User centered and creative technologies
The quality of research and education in both HICT universities is world-class, but the education is still practically free as there are no tuition fees in the Finnish university system. Helsinki has been ranked as the World's Most Livable City (Monocle, 2011), and is the capital city of Finland, which is in the top 10 of the most highly educated nations in the world (OECD, 2013), and has been selected as the world’s best country to live in (Newsweek, 2010).
The participating units of HICT have currently 20 fully funded positions available for exceptionally qualified doctoral students. The purpose of the call is to evaluate the candidates so that the participating units can then offer the funding to the most successful applicants. The grants cover full-time employment in one of the participating units for the remaining duration of the doctoral studies, and the maximum extent of full-time doctoral studies is four years.
In this call you can either apply to a research group in general, or/and to a specific research project. The group descriptions can be found through the list of HICT supervisors at "http://www.hict.fi/supervisors”, and the call-specific projects are described at "http://www.hict.fi/projects”.
HICT Autumn call 2015 consists of two phases. See below the key dates of the application process.
Phase 1: Application form: https://apply.aalto.fi/?ff/HICT_application_2015_autumn
When does the call open?
The electronic application form opens June 26, 2015 at 16:00 EEST (UTC+3) EET (UTC+2). You can already start preparing the necessary materials (see the instructions below) before the form opens.
When does the call close?
The application form closes on August 6, 2015 at 12:00 (noon) EEST (UTC+3) EET (UTC+2). Incomplete applications or applications arriving after the deadline will not be considered.
How are the applications submitted?
Applications need to be submitted through the online application server (electronic form). Applications sent through any other means will not be processed.
What material is required in the application?
Compulsory information/attachments (all text documents to be provided in pdf):
- Motivation letter
- For current students, it is sufficient to identify the supervisor and briefly explain the present status of the studies.
- Please do not contact the potential supervisors directly, but spend your efforts in making your motivation letter as convincing as possible, so that one of the potential supervisors gets interested. If you have arguments concerning your application, do not send them by email, but state them in the motivation letter.
- For potential new students, the background and future plans of the student, and in particular the reasons for selecting the three potential supervisors (you can get more information on the participating supervisors through their web pages).
- For new students: a ranked list of three potential supervisors from the list of participating supervisors (see http://www.hict.fi/supervisors).
- A study transcript provided by the applicant's university that lists studies completed and grades achieved by the end of June 2015.
- A copy of the M.Sc. degree certificate. If the degree is still pending, then a plan for its completion must be provided. The degree must be completed by the time HICT funding commences.
- A copy of passport or ID card
- A complete curriculum vitae, describing education and employment history
Optional information/attachments :
- Names, positions, affiliations and e-mail addresses of at most 3 senior academic people available for providing recommendation letters upon request from HICT. We will contact you and recommenders separately afterwards, if and when recommendation letters are required.
- Copy of English language proficiency certificate (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE/CPE). The universities participating in HICT have strict language skills requirements for doctoral students (Aalto University, University of Helsinki). These must be satisfied in order to be enrolled as a doctoral student, and while the language proficiency certificate is optional at the first application stage, it will be required from the applicants who continue into later stages.
What happens after the call closes?
HICT Autumn call 2015 consists of two phases:
Phase 1: Student-supervisor matching
If you wish to be considered as a potential new doctoral student, please fill in the HICT application form. The application form closes August 6, after which we review applications. Promising applicants will be invited to a skype interview at the end of August. Based on the review and interviews, top candidates will continue to the Phase 2.
If you do not yet have a HICT supervisor, you must submit an application in this Phase 1. Doctoral students who already have a designated HICT supervisor can go directly to Phase 2.
Phase 2: Full application
To enter Phase 2, you must have a committed supervisor, with whom you prepare the full application (including the application form, research plan, study plan, financial plan and mobility plan).
Full applications are prepared during September and reviewed in October. Funding decisions are announced after this. Most of the funded positions commence in January, 2016.