Doctoral Studies in Humanities
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Tartu is the most diverse and internationally well-known centre for research in the Humanities in Estonia. This diversity is further fostered by the faculty's admissions procedure: you can suggest your own research topic when you apply and conduct research that is of interest to you, provided you find a suitable supervisor at your institute.
Doctoral studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities will grant you a unique scientific understanding of human nature as you investigate how we conceptualise, create and communicate the world around us. A doctoral degree in Humanities not only entails theoretical knowledge, but will also equip you with the skills necessary in a society where it is becoming increasingly important to understand human behaviour in cultural context.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is home to multiple interdisciplinary research centres, such as the Centre for Digital Humanities and Information Society, and the Asia Centre. The faculty is also part of many local and international projects which, as our doctoral student, you will have the opportunity to contribute to and collaborate in along with your international peers. Our staff and doctoral students are also active organisers of international conferences and summer schools, including regular events such as the Summer School for Digital Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Tartu Summer School of Semiotics.
Faculty mailing lists where doctoral students and supervisors can find information about doctoral studies, organisation of studies, mobility grants, training and other events.
Doctoral students mailing list - firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD students' supervisors mailing list - email@example.com
First year doctoral students are subscribed to the list by the centre for doctoral studies. If you wish to subscribe to a mailing list (or unsubscribe), please contact Merili Hansen, firstname.lastname@example.org or subscribe via webpage.
Information about scholarships and study abroad opportunities can be found in the weekly student newsletter. Student are automatically subscribed to the newsletter.
Information about other scholarships and grants:
Information on other University of Tartu's mailing lists is available in the Sympa environment, where you can both subscribe and unsubscribe.
History - 22 August 2022
Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics - 19 August 2022
Philosophy - 23 and 24 August 2022
Germanic and Romance Languages and Literatures - 26 August 2022
Literature and Cultural Research - 24 and 25 August 2022
Theology and Religious Studies - 25 and 26 August 2022
Semiotics and Culture Studies - 23 and 24 August 2022
Russian and Slavonic Philology - 24 August 2022
Centre for Doctoral Studies in Humanities
The Centre for Doctoral Studies in Humanities is part of the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s doctoral programme combines 22 specialities coordinated by the Institute of History and Archaeology, the Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics, the Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics, the Institute of Cultural Research, the School of Theology and Religious Studies, and the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures.
The centre ensures the conduct of doctoral studies in the faculty in compliance with the regulations in force. In addition to ensuring a smooth exchange of information, the centre helps by counselling doctoral students and supervisors on the organisation of doctoral studies, and by assisting with funding and with the selection of courses and training opportunities. Two ASTRA graduate schools operate under the centre, the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, and the Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics. ASTRA graduate schools provide writing retreats and training for doctoral students.
Status and funding of doctoral students
For an applicant and a doctoral student it is essential to understand the different conditions and opportunities arising from different statuses. The following page gives an overview of doctoral student’s status and the different possibilities to fund your doctoral studies.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities financially supports the language editing of articles that:
- are written in a foreign language (for the doctoral student),
- meet the requirements of publications to be included in a dissertation.
- Endorsement is applicable only for doctoral students from the University of Tartu, Faculty of Arts and Humanities;
- Applications can be submitted all year round;
- To apply, please fill in the official form. Please note that the article manuscript must be appended to the application; application must be confirmed by the supervisor.
- The language editor must be reliable, know the terminology of the student's field of study and follow the requirements of academic language;
- The average budget is 300–400 euros;
- Language editors can be compensated using a service provider:
- Contract (concluded with the editor before the start of work)
- Additional remuneration (if language editor is an UT employee)
- Via invoice (company submits the invoice to the University of Tartu, the invoice is forwarded to the doctoral school)
NB! Please notify the office of graduate schools which form of payment is preferred prior to contracting the service.
Applications can be submitted:
1) digitally signed and submitted to the email address email@example.com,
2) on paper, addressed to Jakobi 2-119 (Tartu 51014).
If you have any questions, please turn to the office of graduate schools, Jakobi 2-119 (Tartu), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prof. Riho Altnurme, Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Senior Specialist for Doctoral Studies and Projects Lii Lang
Lecturer Janet Laidla (Institute of History and Archaeology)
Lecturer Ann Veismann (Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics)
Associate Professor Alexander Stewart Davies (Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics)
Professor Kristin Kuutma (Institute of Cultural Research)
Professor Raili Marling (College of Foreign Languages and Cultures)
Lecturer Ain Riistan (School of Theology and Religious Studies)
Nele Dresen (doctoral student in Theology and Religious Studies)
Auli Viidalepp (doctoral student in Semiotics and Cultural Theory)
ASTRA graduate schools
There are two graduate schools at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities: the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts and the Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics. The activities of the graduate schools involve both disciplinary and interdisciplinary interests, supporting international cooperation between students in their studies and research. Graduate schools organize events such as writing retreats and general skills training, which are available to all doctoral students at the Faculty.