July 13, 2011

Fellowships Available

From Panu Minkkinen, Professor of Legal Theory, School of Law, University of Leicester


In August 2011, a call for applications will be announced for the Law in a Changing World doctoral programme, co-ordinated by the University of Helsinki. Twelve full-time graduate school positions will be announced for the period 1 January 2012-31 December 2015.

Law in a Changing World (LCW) includes almost all higher education institutes in Finland conducting legal research and offering legal education. The call for applications will be published in the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat on Sunday, 14 August 2011, and on the programme’s web page at www.helsinki.fi/omm/english/index.htm. The closing date for applications is Thursday, 8 September 2011.

The LCW programme has received 20 posts for doctoral students some of which will be filled during the second application round in the beginning of 2012. The latter group will begin their work on 1 September 2012. Unsuccessful applicants may be admitted as affiliated researchers to the LCW programme.

The doctoral students will focus on completing a doctoral thesis in the field of legal studies. Their tasks will include a limited amount of teaching and administrative work. The students must register in one of the participating Finnish universities to carry out the doctoral studies.

Salaries will be based on levels 1-4 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff in the salary scales of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointees will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance.

The application must include the following information and appendices:

- a research plan for a doctoral thesis (max 8 pages)

- a personal plan for the execution of the degree including participation in the LCW programme (max 5 pages)

- a Curriculum vitae and list of publications (or an academic portfolio including these documents)

- a statement from the supervisor (and other possible references)

- relevant documents indicating proficiency and skills in English

- information on possible previous funding

For further information, please contact Director of the doctoral school, Prof Kimmo Nuotio (kimmo.nuotio@helsinki.fi), tel. +358 9 1912 2013, or Coordinator, post-doctoral researcher, Dr Suvianna Hakalehto-Wainio (suvianna.hakalehto-wainio@helsinki.fi), tel. +358 9 1912 2465.

Further details of the LCW programme can be found at www.helsinki.fi/omm/english/index.htm

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