How to apply for a PhD position
For official required documents and deadlines see here.
A successful student candidate will find a PhD project, which best fits his/her skills and interests. Thereafter a written motivation letter should be prepared (approx. 1 page), and submitted along with other documents through the SAIS system (Estonian graduates only!) or DreamApply system.
Motivation letter and entrance interview
Motivation letter in English and the curriculum vitae must be submitted with other entrance documents in the online application system. In your online application you must choose a project you are applying for. Topics have been announced here. You can apply for one project only.
Please write a brief motivation letter (in English, maximum of 6000 characters with spaces) based on the following points:
1. Why are you interested in this PhD project, explain your choice.
2. What is your previous experience in this field? Explain how your educational and professional background relates to the project you are applying for.
3. What are the analytical/scientific methods you have been practising.
4. Describe briefly the methods and main results of your MSc thesis.
5. Decribe your earlier research activities, including research publications and conference presentations, if available.
Assessment criteria for motivation letter:
• motivation and argumentation of skills and the choice of the project
• relevant study and work experience and other relevant activities (publications, project management etc.) as required to present in the motivation letter.
The applicant must describe the wider scientific background of the doctoral project and possible applicability of the results during the up to 25-minute entrance interview conducted by the committee. Only applicants whose motivation letter is assessed positively will be asked to the interview (minimum positive result is 51 points out of 100).
The entrance interview is used to assess the following:
• knowledge of the wider scientific background of the project and possible application of the expected results
• applicant’s motivation to pursue doctoral studies in the relevant field of science and to work in this field
• wider analytical and generalisation skills regarding the research and study topics.
International applicants who cannot be present at the interview in Tartu, may conduct the interview via Skype (see the requirements for Skype interview). Applicants will be informed of their interview date and time by the respective faculty.
Both the motivation letter and entrance interview are assessed on a scale of 0 to 100 points, minimum positive score is at least 51 points. To be invited to an interview, the applicant must earn at least 51 points for the motivation letter.