Scholarships for kindred peoples

The scholarships for kindred peoples are intended for post-Master's level students or researchers.

The scholarship period is up to 12 months and the amount of the scholarship is 900–1,200 /month. One person can receive a grant for a maximum period of 12 months, however, the grant period can be continuous or in several parts. CIMO does not award a separate grant for travel or other expenses.

The scholarship may be less than 1,200 €/month in case the host university provides the post-graduate student or researcher with extra funding, so that the total amount of the scholarship is at least 1,200 €/month. An account of the amount paid by the host department must be attached to the application.

The assessment of applications is carried out by the Advisory Committee for the Finnish Kindred Peoples Programme appointed by the M.A. Castrén Society and the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

Who are the scholarships intended for?

The scholarships for kindred peoples are intended for post-Master's level students and researchers who

  • carry out post-Master's level studies or research at universities in the Finno-Ugric regions of Russia,
  • who reside in Russia and know any of the Finno-Ugric languages spoken in Russia, and
  • study Finno-Ugric languages.

How to apply for a scholarship?

A department of a Finnish university, museum or linguistics institution, which has Finno-Ugric linguistics as one its fields of specialisation, will apply for the scholarship for kindred peoples on behalf of the individual. The scholarship candidate should contact the host university about the application in good time before the intended scholarship period and send them:

  • a research plan (2 to 3 pages; introduction, goals, work plan, work methods, expected results)
  • CV, including information about previous studies, publications, previous visits to Finland
  • a copy of degree certificate.

The Finnish host university will send the application form with annexes to CIMO. The application is processed in a meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Kindred Peoples Programme. CIMO will send the decision about the scholarship to the applicant university.

There are two application deadlines per year: the 1st deadline is on 15 April and the 2nd on 30 September. After the scholarship period, post-graduate students or researchers must send CIMO a free-form report, describing the main achievements.

Person to contact: Riitta Uotila.

Application form (doc) (in Finnish)
N.B. the university applies, not the post-graduate or researcher