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.

Doctoral studies in humanities offer an opportunity to explore, independently or in a research group, human actions and creations which are expressed by our language and culture, everything unique created by the human spirit. Humanities scholars value academic freedom and the opportunity to ponder the big questions and main values of life.

Riho Altnurme, Vice Dean for Research

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.

Learn more about admission to the Doctoral Programme in Humanities

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 - hv.doktorandid@ut.ee

PhD students' supervisors mailing list - hv.juhendajad@lists.ut.ee

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, merili.hansen@ut.ee 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.

Progress review dates

19 January 2023

  • Curriculum History
  • Doctoral programme Humanities, specialities
    • history
    • archaeology
    • art history

24 January 2023 

  • Curriculum Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics
  • Doctoral programme Humanities, specialities
    • Linguistics
    • Finno-Ugric Studies

20 January 2023

  • Curriculum Philosophy
  • Doctoral programme Humanities, speciality Philosophy

23 January 2023

  • Curriculum Semiotics and Culture Studies
  • Doctoral programme Humanities, speciality Semiotics and Culture Studies

20 January 2023

  • Curriculum Literature and Cultural Research
  • Doctoral programme Humanities, specialities
    • Estonian Literature
    • Comparative Literature
    • Theatre Studies
    • Folkloristics
    • Ethnology

25 January 2023

  • Curriculum Germanic and Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Curriculum Russian and Slavonic Philology
  • Doctoral programme Humanities, specialities
    • English Language and Literature
    • French Language and Literature
    • Spanish Language and Literature
    • German Language and Literature
    • Russian Language and Literature
    • Scandinavian Language and Literature
    • Classical Philology
    • Translation Studies

19 January 2023

  • Curriculum Theology and Religious Studies
  • Doctoral programme Humanities, specialities
    • Religious Studies
    • Theology

Doctoral programmes before the 2022/2023 academic year

Doctoral programme starting from the 2022/2023 academic year

 

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.

Doctoral studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities develops critical thinking, which can be employed both to investigate the legacy of the past and to solve the problems we face in society today. 

Raili Marling, Professor of English Studies

Organisation of doctoral studies at the faculty

 

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.

Learn more

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,
  • will be published in journals not affiliated with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Application regulations:

  • Endorsement applies only to 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; the supervisor must confirm the application.

Additional requirements:

  • 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 the language editor is a 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 Centre for Doctoral Studies which form of payment is preferred before contracting the service.

 

Applications can be submitted:

1) digitally signed and submitted to the email address lii.lang@ut.ee,

2) on paper, addressed to Jakobi 2-119 (Tartu 51014).
 

If you have questions, please turn to the Centre for Doctoral Studies, Jakobi 2-119 (Tartu), lii.lang@ut.ee.

 

 

Doctoral studies council
Head of council:
Prof. Riho Altnurme, Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Members:
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.

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Academic integrity

Doctoral studies at the University of Tartu

Contacts
Riho Altnurme
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Vice Dean for Research
Jakobi 2-127

School of Theology and Religious Studies
Chair of Church History
Professor of Church History
Ülikooli 18-312
+372 5344 1310
Riho Altnurme is the Vice Dean for Research at the faculty. He is responsible for doctoral studies at the faculty and is also the director of the Doctoral Programme in Humanities.
Riho Altnurme
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Vice Dean for Research
Jakobi 2-127

School of Theology and Religious Studies
Chair of Church History
Professor of Church History
Ülikooli 18-312
+372 5344 1310
Lii Lang
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Senior Specialist for Doctoral Studies and Projects 0.7 p
Jakobi 2-119
+372 737 5346
Lii Lang
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Senior Specialist for Doctoral Studies and Projects 0.7 p
Jakobi 2-119
+372 737 5346
Külli Kuusik
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Academic Affairs Senior Specialist
Jakobi 2-118
+372 737 5342
Külli Kuusik councils students in regards to their studies.
Külli Kuusik
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Academic Affairs Senior Specialist
Jakobi 2-118
+372 737 5342
Heddy Haljak
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Academic Affairs Senior Specialist
Jakobi 2-118
+372 737 5344
Heddy Haljak councils students in regards to their studies.
Heddy Haljak
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Academic Affairs Senior Specialist
Jakobi 2-118
+372 737 5344
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