Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea. Universities are more research based institutions that teach theory and the academic side of certain subjects. The Finland Government Scholarship Pool programme is open to young researchers from all academic fields. The scholarship cannot be applied for Master’s level studies or post-Doctoral studies/research. The Finland Government scholarships for academic year 2018/2019 are offered for a period of 3-9 months for Doctoral level studies and research at Finnish universities or public research institutes.
Please note: The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool programme application form is NOT an application for a study/research placement. It is merely an application for funding.
To be eligible, the applicant must:
- have established contact with the Finnish receiving institution before applying (see section ‘Doctoral Admissions’ – link is below)
- have a letter of invitation from the academic supervisor in Finland; the invitation should also explain the commitment of the host institution to the project
- have earned a Master’s-level degree before applying
- intend to pursue post-Master’s level studies as a visiting student, participate in a research project or teach at a university or public research institute in Finland; priority will be given to doctoral studies
- not have spent already more than one year at a Finnish higher education institution immediately before the intended scholarship period in Finland
- be able to give proof of sufficient skills in speaking and writing the language needed in study/research*
- be a national of one of the eligible countries listed above
Only the nationals of the below-mentioned countries can be considered eligible applicants in this scholarship programme. (If you are not a national of any of the above countries, you cannot apply for this particular scholarship)
The Finnish Government scholarships are based mainly on cultural agreements or similar arrangements between Finland and the following countries:
- Republic of Korea
All accredited institutions in Finland
Fields of study
Doctoral level study/research in all academic disciplines
Number of awards
The programme can be applied for a study/research period of 3-9 months, 9 months being the maximum time for an individual applicant.
This scholarship programme can not be applied to cover a whole Doctoral degree programme – if you are granted this scholarship, after the initial CIMO scholarship period you will need to look for other sources of funding for the remainder of your studies/research in Finland.
The scholarship includes a monthly allowance of EUR 1500. The allowance is sufficient for one person only. Expenses due to travel, international or in Finland, are not covered by CIMO. Scholarship recipients are recommended to make arrangements for sufficient insurance coverage for their stay in Finland.
Method of Application
In order to be an eligible applicant for the Finland Government scholarships, you must first successfully apply for a study/research placement at a Finnish university/public research institute – in other words, you must be at least provisionally accepted either as a visiting Doctoral-level student/researcher, or as a full-time Doctoral degree student. Please see section Doctoral Admissions for information on how to apply for a Doctoral-level study or research placement in Finland.
Applications for the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool funding should be made to the appropriate authority in the applicant’s country. For information on the appropriate authority in your country, please see the listing of countries and authorities to contact. Applicants may then contact the scholarship authorities in their home country for information on the national deadline for submitting the application documents. Make sure you meet the national deadline in your home country, as that is the deadline by which you should submit your application to the national contact authorities.
Applicants from all participating countries (except the USA) can download the 2018-2019 application form using this link: Finnish Government Scholarship Pool application form 2018-2019(.doc). Visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply.
You may wish to keep in mind that the Finnish academic year starts in late August/early September and ends in late May (check the exact dates with the Finnish university you’re interested in). However, in your application you may also specify your scholarship period to start later than September – as long as your scholarship period begins within the academic year that you’ve applied the scholarship for.
Application Deadline: 15 February 2018
Open to International Applicants: