The Finnish doctoral training network in philosophy was established in 2015 as a collaboration network for philosophy units in Finnish universities. It was preceded by the Doctoral Programme of Philosophy (1995-2015), which was funded by the Academy of Finland. The aim of the network is to support doctoral training in philosophy in the Finnish universities by providing travel grants, organizing an annual graduate conference, and supporting smaller workshops in order to bring people together. For practical and educational reasons, working language in events organized by network is English. Partner universities include all Finnish universities whose PhD-programs include philosophy: universities of Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Tampere, Turku, and Åbo Akademi. They have agreed that the post-graduate level philosophy courses in the partner universities are open for all members of the network.
The network has gained four year funding from the Kone Foundation (Koneen Säätiö) for the years 2016-2019. In 2018 the Kone Foundation decided to renew the funding for years 2020-2023.
The activity of the network is led by the board with representatives from all the partner universities. The current board members are prof. Eerik Lagerspetz (Turku), university lecturer Olli Lagerspetz (Åbo), prof. Arto Laitinen (Tampere), university lecturer Caterina Marchionni (Helsinki), prof. Mikko Yrjönsuuri (Jyväskylä) and Jaana Virta (PhD researcher member, Tampere). The network is coordinated in Tampere University, by Arto Laitinen (the head of the network) and Tommi Vehkavaara (coordinator).
Members – Doctoral researchers
All the accepted doctoral researchers of the partner universities majoring in philosophy are members of the network. The board may accept also other doctoral researchers as members if their dissertation projects are of philosophical relevance.
The network maintains a mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org) distributing information relevant for doctoral researchers. The members and the supervisors of doctoral researchers can join to the list by sending an e-mail to the list moderator Tommi Vehkavaara. Everyone who are joined in the list can mail to it.