NATURALLY FINLAND

www.studyinfinland.fi
S
c
h
o
l
a
r
s
h
i
p
s

f
o
r

S
t
u
d
i
e
s

a
n
d

R
e
s
e
a
r
c
h

i
n

F
i
n
l
a
n
d
The Centre for International Mobility CIMO, an organ-
isation operating under the Finnish Ministry of Education
and Culture, offers services and expertise to encourage cross-
cultural communication. CIMO administers scholarship and
exchange programmes and is responsible for implementing
EU education, training, culture and youth programmes at
national level. To support the internationalisation of educa-
tional and training institutions in Finland, CIMO offers train-
ing, information, advisory services and publications. CIMO
also promotes and organises international trainee exchanges.
In addition, CIMO advances the teaching of Finnish lan-
guage and culture in universities outside Finland, as well as
arranges summer courses in Finnish language and culture for
international students. CIMO is also committed to raising the
international profile of Finnish education and training and
promotes the opportunities that exist in Finland to participa-
te in student, trainee and youth exchanges.
Contents
CIMO Scholarships
I Scholarships for master’s studies
II Scholarships for postgraduate studies
and research
III Other programmes and awards

Useful links
12/2011 Erweko, 4000. Photos: Satu Haavisto. Layout: Satu Salmivalli.
ISBN 978-951-805-471-2 (print), ISBN 978-951-805-472-9 (pdf)
3
4
5
10
11
3
CIMO Scholarships
The Centre for International Mobility CIMO awards
and administers scholarships for students and researchers.
CIMO does not have any scholarship programmes or other
financial assistance available for degree studies at bachelor’s
or master’s level in Finland; scholarships are mainly intended
for postgraduate students who have completed a master’s
degree.
Through its scholarship programmes, CIMO supports the
internationalisation of teaching and research by forging links
and encouraging academic mobility between institutions of
higher education in Finland and abroad.
Scholarships are available for applicants from all countries.
Each CIMO scholarship programme has its own eligibility
criteria, application procedures and deadlines. A scholarship
normally consists of a monthly allowance intended to cover
living expenses in Finland for a single person. The amount of
a scholarship varies according to the scholarship programme
and academic qualification of the applicant. No additional
expenses such as travel, housing, or insurance are covered
by a scholarship.
4
I Scholarships
for master’s studies
Finnish studies and research: scholarships for advanced
studies of the Finnish language at Finnish universities
CIMO awards scholarships to students of Finnish language
and culture at universities outside Finland for advanced mas-
ter’s studies in Finnish universities or for collecting material in
Finland for their master’s thesis in their home university. The
scholarship is intended for a maximum of one term.
How to apply:
Students apply directly to CIMO. Application deadlines are
on 30th April for the autumn term, and on 31st October for
the spring term. The applicant must establish contact with
the host university before applying. The application should
preferably be made in Finnish and must include a CV, a sum-
mary of studies completed, a study/research plan, a reference
from the Finnish teacher, with assessment of the Finnish lan-
guage skills of the applicant, and an acceptance letter from
the host university.
More information and application forms available from:
www.studyinfinland.fi | Tuition and Scholarships |
CIMO Scholarships
www.cimo.fi/scholarships_to_masters_students_in_finnish
Scholarships provided by higher education institutions
Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences (also
known as polytechnics) may collect tuition fees from non-
EU/EEA students enrolled in some selected master’s degree
programmes. There are special scholarships available for stu-
dents on these programmes provided by the institution in
question. Some Finnish higher education institutions may
offer a small number of scholarships or grants for interna-
tional students and researchers, although this is relatively
rare. You should check the possibility of any such financial
aid directly with the institution you are interested in.
More information and links available from:
www.studyinfinland.fi | Institutions
www.studyinfinland.fi | Tuition and Scholarships | Tuition fees
5
II Scholarships
for postgraduate
studies and research
CIMO awards scholarships for postgraduate students
and young researchers who have completed a master’s or
a doctoral degree.
CIMO has a number of scholarship programmes for doctoral
studies and research at Finnish universities. They are targeted
at all academic fields, with the exception of the scholarships
for advanced degree students of the Finnish language, which
are specific to that particular field.
There are two types of scholarships: individual scholarships
which young researchers apply for themselves, and host fel-
lowships which are applied for by the relevant department
of the Finnish higher education institution wishing to host
researchers and postgraduates.
CIMO Fellowships
The CIMO Fellowships programme is open to young
researchers from all countries and from all academic fields.
The scholarship period may vary from 3 to 12 months. The
scholarships cannot be applied for post-doctoral studies.
How to apply:
The visiting researcher does not apply for the fellowship
directly; rather, it is his or her responsibility to establish con-
tact with the Finnish host university. The relevant department
of the host university in turn applies to CIMO for the grant.
Applications should be submitted at least 5 months before
the intended scholarship period.
More information available from:
www.studyinfinland.fi | Tuition and Scholarships |
CIMO Scholarships
6
CIMO India Fellowships
The aim of the programme is to enhance academic mobility
between Finland and India. The CIMO India Fellowships are
offered for postgraduate studies, research, and teaching at
universities in Finland. The scholarship period may vary from
3 to 12 months.
How to apply:
The CIMO India Fellowships are applied for by a Finnish uni-
versity department wishing to host the visiting student or
researcher from India. Applications by the Finnish institutions
should be submitted at least 5 months before the intended
scholarship period.
More information available from:
www.studyinfinland.fi | Tuition and Scholarships |
CIMO Scholarships
Finnish Government Scholarship Pool
The Finnish Government offers scholarships of 3–9 months
for doctoral studies and research at universities in Finland.
The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool programme is
open to young researchers from all academic fields. The
scholarships cannot be applied for post-doctoral studies or
research.
The scholarships are based mainly on cultural agreements
or similar arrangements between Finland and the following
countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Cuba,
Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece,
Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxem-
bourg, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, the Netherlands, Poland,
Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Spain,
Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine.
An applicant must be a national of one of the above-men-
tioned countries. He or she must also intend to pursue
postgraduate studies as a visiting student, participate in a
research project, or teach at a higher education institution or
public research institute in Finland. Contact with the Finnish
host institution must be established before applying.
7
How to apply:
Applicants must submit their applications to the appropri-
ate authorities in their country. The scholarship authorities in
each country select up to 10 candidates to be reviewed by
CIMO before February 28th each year. An applicant should
check the application deadline set by the authorities in his or
her country as it may be earlier. CIMO will inform both suc-
cessful and unsuccessful applicants about the outcome by
June.
An application must include a completed and signed applica-
tion form, a CV, copies of the applicant’s latest degree cer-
tificate, two letters of recommendation, a study or research
plan (1–2 pages), an invitation from the academic supervisor
in Finland, and a language certificate (in Finnish, Swedish or
English).
More information including a list of the scholarship author-
ities in each country and application forms available from:
www.studyinfinland.fi | Tuition and Scholarships |
CIMO Scholarships
Finnish studies and research: scholarships for post-
graduate studies and research at Finnish universities
CIMO awards scholarships to post-graduate students and
researchers of Finnish language and culture and Finno-Ugric
languages who carry out their research outside Finland.
Applicants should have at least a master’s degree. Scholar-
ships are available for post-graduate studies or research in
a Finnish university or for short study visits.
SCHOLARSHIPS OF 3 TO 12 MONTHS
The scholarships for post-Master’s level studies or research
in Finnish universities can be awarded from 3 to 12 months.
How to apply:
The host university should apply for the scholarship on behalf
of post-Master’s level students and researchers. The scholar-
ship candidate should contact the host university about the
application in good time before the deadline and send them
a research plan (2 to 3 pages; including introduction, goals,
work plan, work methods, expected results), a CV, including
information about previous studies, publications, previous
8
visits to Finland, and a copy of degree certificate (minimum
requirement a master’s degree).
There are two application deadlines per year: the 1st dead-
line is on 30 April and the 2nd on 31 October.
SHORT-TERM SCHOLARSHIPS, 1–4 WEEKS
Scholarships are available for short visits of 1 to 4 weeks
relating to post-Master’s level studies or research. The
scholarship can be used, for example, to visit archives, to
attend seminars, to conduct interviews or to meet with
supervisors. Pure conference trips are not eligible for the
scholarship; the visit must include other type of work related
to the applicant’s studies or research, too.
How to apply:
The post-Master’s level student or researcher should apply
for the scholarship independently at least two months before
the planned beginning of the scholarship period. The applica-
tion should describe the purpose of the visit and its signifi-
cance to the applicant’s studies or research and the contents
of the seminar, if applicable. The following annexes are
needed: description of the applicant’s motivation, a research
plan, a reference from the research supervisor, a CV, includ-
ing information about previous qualifications (minimum
requirement a master’s degree), possible previous scholar-
ships to Finland, and previous visits to Finland.
More information available from:
www.cimo.fi/scholarships_for_postgraduates_and_
researchers_in_finnish_language
Scholarships for kindred peoples
The scholarship period is from 1 to 9 months. The scholar-
ships for kindred peoples are intended for post-graduate
students and researchers who carry out post-Master’s level
studies or research at universities in the Finno-Ugric regions
of Russia, are members of Finn-Ugric peoples and study
Finno-Ugric languages.
How to apply:
A Finnish university department specialised in the study of
Finno-Ugric languages will apply for the scholarship for kin-
dred peoples on behalf of the individual. There is a roll-
ing deadline. The post-Master’s level student or researcher
should contact a Finnish university several months before
the proposed start of the scholarship period and send them
a research plan (2 to 3 pages; including introduction, goals,
work plan, work methods, expected results), a CV, including
information about previous studies, publications, previous
visits to Finland, and a copy of degree certificate.
More information available from:
www.studyinfinland.fi | Tuition and Scholarships |
CIMO Scholarships | Scholarships for Kindred Peoples
www.cimo.fi/scholarships_for_kindred_peoples
9
10
III Other programmes
and awards
Erasmus Mundus – degree programmes
and mobility scholarships
Erasmus Mundus master’s and doctoral programmes –
already almost 150 in number – provide a true European
experience for students from all over the world. These top-
quality programmes have been developed jointly by several
universities operating in at least three different European
countries – possibly also in other parts of the world. They
last from one to two academic years and include studies in
at least two countries. Studies lead to an officially recognised
double, joint or multiple degree. Generous scholarships
covering the whole degree study period are available both
to European and non-European students and scholars.
Erasmus Mundus is funded by the European Commission.
Finnish universities are currently involved in the delivery of
14 high-quality Erasmus Mundus Master’s programmes with
a scholarship scheme.
Alternatively, students, staff and scholars from targeted
countries around the world – even professionals working
outside the Academia – may apply for a scholarship under a
specific action called Erasmus Mundus Partnerships (Action
2). These individual mobility scholarships are not linked to a
specific study programme. The scholarship period can vary
between 1 and 34 months (up to a full degree).
How to apply:
Application and scholarship information is available from the
website of each programme. Applicants should identify the
Erasmus Mundus programme or scholarship of their inter-
est and contact the coordinators of the programme directly.
Application deadlines and availability of scholarships vary
from course to course.
More information about Erasmus Mundus and the list of
selected Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses available from:
The European Commission’s server:
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/
www.studyinfinland.fi | Tuition and Scholarships |
Erasmus Mundus Scholarships
Fulbright Program in Finland
CIMO works together with the Fulbright Center in Finland
and co-funds some of the grants awarded in the Fulbright
Program for U.S. Citizens every year.
More information available from:
www.studyinfinland.fi | Tuition and Scholarships |
Other sources of funding
Useful links
EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion
http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/
The Researcher’s Mobility Portal Finland
http://www.aka.fi/eracareers
Finnish Academy
http://www.aka.fi | In English
Finnish Cultural Foundation
http://www.skr.fi | In English | Grants
Finnish National Fund for Research and Development (Sitra)
http://www.sitra.fi | In English
Grants for Foreign Students in Finland
The National Union of Finnish Students (SYL)
http://www.syl.fi | In English
Nordic Academy for Advanced Study (NORFA)
http://www.norfa.no | In English
Student Financial Aid
The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA)
http://www.kela.fi | English | Students |
Financial Aid for Students
National Technology Agency of Finland (Tekes)
http://www.tekes.fi | In English
11
Centre for International Mobility CIMO
P.O. Box 343
FI-00531 Helsinki, Finland
Tel: +358 20 7868 500
Fax: +358 20 7868 601
E-mail: cimoinfo@cimo.fi
www.studyinfinland.fi
Telephone service
for international clients:
+358 20 690 501
(Tue - Wed 13.00 - 16.00,
Thu 13.00 - 17.00 +2 GMT)
This brochure is printed on recyclable Edixion paper. The
pulp used in its production is ECF pulp bleached without
chlorine gas. The paper is manufactured using wood from
sustainable forests.