Gender Studies Doctoral Programme is a national PhD programme funded by Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and Academy of Finland. During the period 2012–2015 universities of Helsinki, Eastern Finland, Jyväskylä, Lapland, Oulu, Tampere and Turku as well as Åbo Akademi University and Hanken School of Economics are involved in the doctoral programme. Gender Studies Doctoral Programme is coordinated by University of Helsinki. The director of the programme is Academy Professor Tuija Pulkkinen.
The board of the doctoral programme consists of professors from all the Finnish universities granting doctoral degrees in gender studies. The board acts also as the supervision team. Gender studies is a dynamic and growing field of research encompassing women’s, men’s and queer studies. Drawing from the nature of gender studies, the starting point and research approach of the doctoral progamme is essentially multi- and transdiciplinary.
Gender Studies Doctoral Programme was founded in 1995. During the first three periods, from 1995 to 2006, the programme was called Gender System Graduate School; during the period 2007–2011 it changed its name to The Finnish Research School in Women’s and Gender Studies. From 2012 onwards the name of the programme has been Gender Studies Doctoral Programme.
During the current period Gender Studies Doctoral Programme focuses especially on internationalization of the doctoral schooling. This has been pursued by internationalization strategy and by granting international mobility grants. The doctoral programme also closely collaborates with InterGender, Swedish-International Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.
Gender Studies Doctoral Programme does no longer accept new PhD students. From 2014 onwards Finnish doctoral education has become increasingly centralized in individual universities. More information on the current PhD education can be found from university websites.