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 research plan should be prepared (approx. 1 page), and submitted along with other documents through the SAIS system (Estonian graduates only!) or DreamApply system.
The research plan should include:
- Description of the research topic (the project approved by the faculty) – a short overview of the field and listing the most relevant studies carried out in the field
- Research objective – which particular objectives or tasks have been set within the given topic; hypotheses of the research to be carried out
- Research methods or ways to solve the problems set, and description of tools the research requires
- Expectations towards the results – their novelty and importance
- Applicant’s preparedness and ability to implement the doctoral project, knowledge of the field; methodological competency and the topic’s compliance with the applicant’s prior research or professional work
The Commission evaluates the applicants and their project plans in order to select the best candidate for each PhD project. The supervisors opinion is of key importance; other evaluation criteria include:
the motivation and professional capabilities of the candidate to carry out the PhD project
how realistic is the project plan proposed by the candidate
the previous academic and research history of the candidate
ability of the candidate to express ideas in written form
The outcome of the evaluation is either: (i) the best candidate to carry out the project is appointed (ii) none of the candidates qualify and the PhD project is withdrawn.