Doctoral education

Incentive scholarships for doctoral students

A set of 500e and 2000e incentive scholarships are awarded by application for doctoral students who meet the conditions given.

The Vice President for Education Petri Suomala has decided about the incentive scholarships which will be awarded according to the set criteria for doctoral students who meet the conditions for receiving a scholarship during 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2025.

The incentive scholarships are available to doctoral students from all Schools except the School of Business.

  • 500€ scholarship for doctoral student for the first two scientific articles or artistic components to be included in the doctoral thesis, in which the doctoral student is one of the main authors, published on a publication forum specified by the School. Publication forums are defined by each School. One student cannot get more than two 500 euro scholarships from the Aalto incentive scholarship scheme.
  • 2,000€ scholarship for completing the doctoral degree, provided the following conditions have been met within exactly four years of being admitted to the doctoral programme: The doctoral student has completed the studies in accordance with his/her doctoral personal study plan approved for the doctoral degree, and the Doctoral Programme Committee has appointed the preliminary examiners for the doctoral thesis manuscript. Or for completing the doctoral degree, provided the degree was earned by the end of the calendar year the doctoral student turns 30. Note that in both cases the scholarship can only be paid after you have graduated.

The time spent on maternity and parental leave as well as national military or non-military service completed may be excluded from the calculated duration of study. However, if the scholarship is age related, no deduction is granted.

If you have received incentive scholarships during the previous scholarship periods, please note that one student cannot get more than two 500 euro scholarships from the Aalto incentive scholarship scheme (more information at Changes in incentive scholarships for doctoral students).

Decision about awarding the scholarship is made by the Head of Academic Affairs at the schools of technology and by the Vice Dean for Research at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Please note that the scholarship application has to be submitted within six months of the fulfillment of the scholarship criteria.

Link to the Vice President's decision (SAHA, aalto.fi)

Changes in incentive scholarships for doctoral students

A decision has been made regarding the incentive scholarships which will be awarded according to the set criteria for doctoral students who have met the conditions for receiving a scholarship during 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2025.

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