Scholarships for kindred peoples, master's level

The Finnish National Agency for Education awards scholarships to students of Finno-Ugric languages at universities in the Finno-Ugric regions of Russia for advanced Master’s studies in Finnish universities or to collect material in Finland for their Master’s thesis in their home university.

The scholarship is intended for a maximum of one term and the amount is 800 €/month. The Finnish National Agency for Education does not award a separate travel grant.

How to apply for a scholarship?

You can apply for a scholarship twice a year:

  • by 31 March for the autumn term
  • by 31 August for the spring term.

You can access the application form through the below link. You need to name the host department of the Finnish university and a person to contact there.

Annexes to application

  • CV
  • a summary of studies completed
  • study/research plan (the most important annex)
  • reference from your Finnish teacher in your university, with assessment on your Finnish language skills
  • an acceptance letter from the host university

The application should be sent to the below address:

OPH/Sukukansa-apurahat maisteriopiskelijoille
PL 380
FI-00531 Helsinki

In case the application should not arrive on time, it is recommended to send it by e-mail, too, to riitta.uotila(at)

Decisions on the scholarships for the autumn term are made in early April and for the spring term in early September.

After the scholarship period, students must send The Finnish National Agency for Education a free-form report, describing the main achievements.

Further information: Riitta Uotila | Contact

Application form (doc) (in Finnish)