Finnish Government Scholarship Pool
The Finnish Government offers scholarships of 3-9 months for Doctoral level studies and research at Finnish universities. 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.
**Very important:**the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool programme application form is not an application for a study/research placement. It is merely an application for funding.
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. Please see section 'Doctoral Admissions' for information on how to apply for a Doctoral-level study or research placement in Finland.
Who can apply?
CIMO’s scholarship program Finnish Government Scholarship Pool has been reformed. From the academic year 2014-2015 onwards the EU/EEA countries formerly included in the program will be excluded. CIMO has decided to target the program for citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA. If you are an EU/EEA student from a country formerly associated with the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool programme, please see our CIMO Fellowship programme instead.
You can read more about these changes in our recent front page news.
Who can apply?
The scholarships are based mainly on cultural agreements or similar arrangements between Finland and the following countries:
- Republic of Korea
Only the nationals of the above-mentioned countries can be considered eligible applicants in this scholarship programme. (If you are not a national of any of the above countries, you cannot apply for this particular scholarship - however, please see the other scholarship options in the section 'Tuition and scholarships')
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 above
*) 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.
The TOEFL® test is a popular option for students to meet the English-language requirements for scholarships.
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.
The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool programme can be applied for a study/research period of 3-9 months, 9 months being the maximum time for an individual applicant.
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.
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.
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