Finland Government Scholarships for International Students

Finnish Government Scholarship Pool

Course(s) Offered: All disciplines
Course Level: Graduate (PhD)
Provider: Government of Finland
Country to Study in: Finland

Scholarship Description
The Finland Government scholarships for academic year 2019/2020 are offered for a period of 3-9 months for Doctoral level studies and research at Finnish universities or public research institutes.

The Finland 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.

The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool programme application form is NOT an application for a study/research placement. It is merely an application for funding. If you are not a national of any of the eligible countries, you cannot apply for this particular scholarship - however, please see the Tuition fee scholarship and funding for study in Finland.

To be eligible, the applicant must:
  • have established contact with the Finnish receiving institution before applying (see section ‘Doctoral Admissions’ - link is below)
  • 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
Only the nationals of the below-mentioned countries can be considered eligible applicants in this scholarship programme. (If you are not a national of any of the above countries, see Tuition fee scholarship and funding for study in Finland)

Eligible groups
The Finnish Government 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
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • USA
Participating Institutions
All accredited institutions in Finland

Fields of study
Doctoral level study/research in all academic disciplines

Number of awards
Not specified

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

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

Scholarship benefits
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.

Method of Application
In order to be an eligible applicant for the Finland Government scholarships, 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. Please see section Doctoral Admissions for information on how to apply for a Doctoral-level study or research placement in Finland.

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. 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.

Applicants from all participating countries (except the USA) can download the 2019-2020 application form using this link: Finnish Government Scholarship Pool application form 2019-2020(.doc). Visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply.

The annual deadline set by CIMO for the nomination of scholarship candidates by the national contact authorities is in mid-February (in 2018: 15th February). Application deadline date is 15th February, 2019

CIMO will inform both successful and unsuccessful candidates of the results by June annually.

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.

Application Deadline: 15 February 2019
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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