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Information for Doctoral Students

Doctoral study right

If the new I-DEEP doctoral researcher does not yet have the study right to complete a doctoral degree, the study right should be applied as soon as possible. In most cases the study right needs to be secured before the probation time of the work contract at the latest (6 months). The doctoral study right is applied according to the regulations of the university and the doctoral programme. You need to check the criteria from your own doctoral programme upon application. Please note that the times for applying the PhD study right may vary.

Ask your supervisor for further advice.

Check the doctoral study right application and criteria of the doctoral programme in your faculty and University.

Criteria for PhD

The I-DEEP doctoral pilot follows the national recommendations for doctoral studies with the following minimum criteria for the doctoral studies and thesis. There may be some additional local criteria that might be required.

  • minimum 30 ECTS of studies
  • at least 3 publications of which 2 need to be published and 1 submitted for review
  • 3 publications in which the PhD researcher should be first author in 2 and have a significant contribution in 1

Check the criteria in your University and doctoral programme if more than the shared minimum criteria is required.

Doctoral studies

You will need to make a personal study plan with your supervisor. The doctoral studies may include both general skill as well as courses related to the topic of the research.  Credits are also awarded based on personal attainments like participation in summer schools or conference presentations.


The aim is to find a mentor for all I-DEEP doctoral researchers. The mentor can be someone working in the industry or in a research organization (e.g. VTT) or in academia. The mentors for the doctoral researchers should preferably be PhD holders themselves with different backgrounds and expertise areas and who work in a variety of fields (both in academia and in other sectors) related to the field of photonics, but this is not a strict requirement

A mentor often has two primary functions, career-related function and psychosocial function. The mentor shares their knowledge, skills, and experience in the industry and helps the PhD researcher plan future career options and to combine research with industrial needs which enhances the mentee’s professional performance and development.

Mentoring may also prove personal examples of study, research and career experiences and also work/life balance, where the mentor may act as a role model and supporter for the mentee.

Mentoring facilitates professional development, the sharing of tacit knowledge and the discovery of untapped potential. It also encourages mentees to take on new challenges and may give them a glimpse into different organizations and work cultures.

Mobility and placements

During the I-DEEP pilot, doctoral researchers are offered possibilities to do have a placement in industry and to participate in international mobilities.  

The industry placement will help the PhD researchers to have a better understanding of the practical application of photonics research.

International mobility to foreign partner universities may offer possibility to complete courser or to do research in collaboration with foreign partners working on related topics.

The internships and mobilities can be short term or longer depending on the content and should be planned to support the doctoral studies and completion of the thesis.