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Finnish Government Scholarship Pool - academic year 2019/2020

The Finnish Government offers scholarships of 3-9 months for Doctoral level studies and research at Finnish universities or public research institutes.

The Finnish 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.

List of successful applicants 2019 - 2020

In 2019 Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) has awarded all together 17 scholarships for students representing 8 different nationalities.

Ms. Haihui Zhuang, China, 9 months
Ms. Lian Xue, China, 6 months
Mr. Kareem Award, Egypt, 9 months
Mr. Shikoh Shiraiwa, Japan, 9 months
Ms. Dohee Lee, Republic of Korea, 9 months
Mr. Tinoco Guerrero Gerardo, Mexico, 6 months
Mr. De La Cruz Arguello Ivan Mijail, Mexico, 5 months
Ms. Lizeth Adriana Lopez Lopez, Mexico, 9 months
Mr. Aytac Yurukcu, Turkey, 9 months
Mr. Ufuk Alkan, Turkey, 9 months
Mr. Uygur Kinay, Turkey, 9 months
Ms. Yilmaz Özgenur, Turkey, 6 months
Mr. Sergii Galetskyi, Ukraine, 9 months
Mr. Bruce Blair, USA, 9 months
Ms. Alexis Haskins, USA, 9 months
Ms. Melissa Meierhofer, USA, 9 months
Ms. Anne Yoncha, USA, 9 months

Who can apply?

In order to be an eligible applicant for this scholarship, 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.

The scholarships are based mainly on cultural agreements or similar arrangements between Finland and the following countries:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Namibia
  • Peru
  • Republic of Korea
  • Republic of Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • USA (please see the section Fulbright-EDUFI Fellowships on the Fulbright Online website)

Only the nationals of the above-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 - however, please see the section on other sources of funding.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • have established contact with the Finnish receiving institution before applying
  • 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

*) this means that the application must include some proof of the applicant's language skills - The scholarship programme itself does not require you to take an IELTS or TOEFL test, but if you have such official proof of your English skills that can of course be enclosed in the application. Usually however it is enough if, for example, the letter of invitation from the hosting Finnish university states that your language skills have been deemed sufficient by the Finnish university.

What does the scholarship cover?

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 the programme. Scholarship recipients are recommended to make arrangements for sufficient insurance coverage for their stay in Finland.

Scholarship period

The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool programme can be applied for a study/research period of 3-9 months, 9 months being the maximum time for an individual applicant.

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.

This scholarship programme can not be applied to cover a whole Doctoral degree programme - if you are granted this scholarship, after the initial scholarship period you will need to look for other sources of funding for the remainder of your studies/research in Finland.

How and when to apply

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.

  • the announcements for the opening of the annual application round are sent out from the Finnish National Agency for Education at the end of September annually.
  • 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.
  • the annual deadline set by the Finnish National Agency for Education for the nomination of scholarship candidates by the national contact authorities is in mid-February (in 2018: 15th February).

Selection of candidates and scholarship decisions

The scholarship authorities in each country are invited to present applications for up to 10 candidates for the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool to the Finnish National Agency for Education, where the final selection of successful candidates is made. The Finnish National Agency for Education will inform both successful and unsuccessful candidates of the results by June annually.

If you are among the scholarship candidates selected by the appropriate contact authorities in your home country (in other words, if your scholarship application has been forwarded to the Finnish National Agency for Education) but you have not for some reason received a decision letter from the Finnish National Agency for Education by mid-June, please contact us.

Application form & the required documents

Applicants from USA: please refer to the "Fulbright-EDUFI Fellowship" instructions & application form on the Fulbright Online website.

Applicants from other participating countries: you can download the 2019-2020 application form using the below link.

Please save the application form on your own computer before completing it. The form should be typed throughout. To move between different fields, use the “Tab” key. Relevant boxes can be ticked by using the “Space” key or the left-hand mouse button. After completing the form, please print and sign it.

If needed, the application form can also be obtained from the national scholarship authorities or directly from the Finnish National Agency for Education.

Documents required for an application:

  • a completed and signed application form
  • curriculum vitae
  • copies of latest diplomas*
  • two letters of recommendation
  • study/research plan (2-5 pages, including a statement of motivation, goals, work plan, work method, expected results)
  • invitation/expression of interest and motivation for cooperation from the hosting academic supervisor in Finland
  • language certificate (Finnish, Swedish or English) or other indication of sufficient language skills - please see above, in the section 'Eligibility criteria'

*) copies of original diplomas accompanied with translations into English, Finnish or Swedish - if the original certificates are not in these languages. Preferably official translations. Please do not send in any originals as the Finnish National Agency for Education will not return any application documents.

See also...

Please also carefully read the general information section regarding EDUFI scholarships.