Applications are invited for Finnish Government Scholarship Pool to undertake 3-9 months for doctoral level studies and research at Finnish Universities or Public Research Institutes. The annual deadline set by CIMO for the nomination of scholarship candidates by the national authorities is in mid-February.

Brief Description: 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. 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.

Eligibility: To be eligible, the applicant must:
-have established contact with the Finnish receiving institution before applying (see section ‘Doctoral Admissions’)
-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 below (*) this means that the application must include some proof of the applicant’s language skills – CIMO 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.

Award Includes: 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. Please see the section ‘Before your arrival’ for information on the practicalities of coming to Finland as an international student/researcher.

Study Program: Scholarships are available for 3-9 months for doctoral level studies and research at Finnish Universities or Public Research Institutes.

Study Major: Scholarships are awarded in all academic fields.

Host Organization: Finnish Universities or Public Research Institutes

Number of Awards: Not Known

National/International Students: Finnish Government Scholarship Pool is open for the students of Australia, China, Cuba, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Republic of Korea, Turkey, Ukraine and USA.

Governing Body: Finnish Government

Application Procedure: Applications for the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool funding should be made to the appropriate authority in the applicant’s country. The scholarship authorities in each country are invited to present applications for up to 10 candidates for the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool. The announcements for the opening of the annual application round are usually sent out from CIMO at the end of September annually. The applicants may then contact the scholarship authorities in their home country for information on the national deadline for submitting the application documents. 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’

Submission Deadline: The annual deadline set by CIMO for the nomination of scholarship candidates by the national authorities is in mid-February.

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