Doctoral Education Networks


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The Finnish researcher training system was established in 1995 and has been gradually expanded ever since. The national graduate schools have been financed by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the universities and the Academy of Finland. From beginning of 2014, funding for new doctoral student positions is allocated to universities. The current terms for most national graduate schools expire at the end of 2013 with some schools however carrying on until the end of 2015.

Most of the graduate schools are networked projects jointly run by several universities, in which older and younger researchers work in research groups together with graduate students. This creates an innovative environment conducive to research quality and a learning environment which inspires graduate students. The graduate schools provide systematic education and guidance for the doctoral students.

From beginning of 2014, at Aalto University School of Science the funding for doctoral studies is allocated to departments who take care of the usage of funding for employment of full-time doctoral students. In order to continue the collaboration in doctoral education between universities, new doctoral education networks have been established. Most of the networks are based on graduate schools, but also new networks have been established.

Doctoral Education Networks coordinated by the School of Science



Other Doctoral Education Networks


Aalto University is also a partner in EIT ICT Labs Innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) program for doctoral students in the field of ICT, which gives knowledge and competences to start new businesses and to launch new products and services. More information from the Doctoral Training Center Helsinki  -webpage and local program representatives.

Former graduate schools

Terms of graduate schools ended during years 2013-2015