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08.12.2016

CIMO’s scholarship programmes for international doctorate students rated excellent

Universities rated the CIMO Fellowships and the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool programmes as excellent.

CIMO surveyed views of Finnish universities that hosted scholarship holders between 2013 and 2015 about CIMO’s scholarship programmes, on how they thought the programmes worked with a view to internationalisation of the universities and the doctoral theses of the scholars.

The CIMO Fellowships is primarily intended for invited post-graduate students who will come to a Finnish university to complete a doctorate or a double doctorate degree. The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool Programme funds post-graduate study and research periods of 3 to 9 months in Finnish universities and public research centres. Both programmes are for doctorate level only.

Universities that responded to the survey thought that the key aims of the programmes had been achieved very well. They were the most satisfied about strengthening of international cooperation and the smooth application process. The duration of the scholarship periods was criticised the most. They regarded both programmes as important for establishing and maintaining international contacts, and they were regarded as important sources of funding to support international cooperation.

The CIMO Fellowships scholarship is intended for doctorate students in the beginning of their further studies, and it is hoped that students will continue their studies and research in Finland. This had been successful because most of the scholarship holders had succeeded in securing further funding. The main providers of further funding were Finnish foundations.

Benefits for students were emphasised more in the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool programme, because in it students apply for the scholarship themselves and are usually doing their doctorate research in a foreign university. Respondents thought that the visits benefited the scholarship holders and enabled them to take knowledge and competences back to their home countries.

(13.10.2016)

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