Topic outline

  • Apply now!

    DL for applications is 12th of October, midnight. / Extended DL for Mexico, Kenya and Nepal for ELEC, DL 30 Nov!

    1. Register first in weboodi.
    2. Read carefully the project descriptions and background material if available. Look for more!
    3. Submit:
      • Motivation letter (one only to your preferred project, identify in preferred order if you are interested in other projects too).
      • CV
      • Study transcript (incl. bachelor studies from your home university)

    Combine all three in one pdf file and submit ONE file only. Name the file: COUNTRY_Lastname_Firstname.pdf (i.e. NEPAL_Smith_James.pdf)

    Make sure you submit your application to correct submission folder here below. Make also sure your full name appears also in the file submitted, not only in its file name. Applications must be addressed to Prof. Olli Varis at the School of Engineering. Applications only through MyCourses. Do not email your application!

    Read carefully the instructions for the motivation letter here!

    In some cases we might interview the applicants. The applicants will be contacted individually by email.

    Click in each project folder to see full list of supporting material!!

    Selection is based on the motivation letter, and suitability of your field of study to the project. Those with prerequisite courses or relevant similar background have priority. Teams of five will be formed with various disciplines. All Master's and PhD students from Aalto are eligible to apply. Through JOO-agreement also students from other Finnish universities can apply.

    Students will have to be able to travel during the course. In principle travel is at student's own cost. Some of the projects may have external funding. However, students are encouraged to apply travel grants and sponsors as part of their course assignments.

    Teaching times will vary during spring semester. Joint weekly meetings apply only in the beginning of the course (Jan). Each team will be supported by a mentor throughout the course.

    Contact: Matleena Muhonen (matleena.muhonen @