For Grant Applicant

The Alfred Kordelin Foundation awards grants for sciences, literature, the arts, and public education.


Finnish citizens and private individuals, working groups and collectives who reside in Finland can apply for grants; only private individuals can apply for science grants. If the Foundation has awarded you a grant before, the report on how the grant was used must be delivered to the Foundation before applying a new grant.

for what purpose?

You can apply for a grant from the main fund for a specific purpose, which can be, for example, work on a Ph.D., artistic work, or organising an event.  Further information on the purposes of a grant is available for each section, i.e. under sciences, literature, arts, and public education. You can also apply for a grant for artistic work in the New York artists’ residence or in Villa Lante. The application process for the New York artists’ residence is organised by the Kordelin Foundation, and that of Villa Lante by IRF-Foundation.


Alfred Kordelin’s (1868-1917) idea, written down in the bylaws of the Foundation in 1918, was that ‘work for Finnish culture must be granted support in order to strengthen and deepen it internally, and also to represent Finnishness amongst other nations.’ Applicants can be awarded grants if the work created with the support of the grant fulfils the abovementioned condition, and, based on previous work, the applicant can be show to be capable of carrying out the proposed work plan.

For what period?

As a rule, grants are to be paid out during the year after the year when the grant was awarded, and to be used within two years of the time they were awarded. The Foundation can award funding for work which begins, at its earliest, in October of the year the grant was awarded.  The same principle goes with congress travel and visiting research. Grants are awarded for one year at a time.

    • The maximum amount of a full-year grant for work on a Ph.D. is €24,000. A full-year grant can, after a separate application, be awarded for a second and a third year. The foundation does not award grants starting Ph.D. work.
    • The maximum amount of a half-year grant for work on a Ph.D. is €12,000.
    • The maximum amount of a full-year grant for post doc research is €28,000.
    • The sums granted for visiting researchers or for travel to conferences are open, i.e. the applicant can define him/herself both the duration and the amount of the applied grant.
  • Arts, literature, public education
  • The maximum amount of a full-year grant for work is €24,000.
  • The maximum amount of a half-year grant for work is €12,000.
  • The sums granted for public education may also be open, i.e. the applicant can him/herself define both the duration and the amount of the applied grant.
  • For a project the maximum amount is €30,000

grants and paid employment

Freedom from paid employment is a requirement for receiving a grant for full-time work. A grant recipient may not enjoy the benefits of a grant for full-time work simultaneously with another similar type of funding, such as, for example, another working grant, salary, adult education allowance, or unemployment benefit.  A grant for full-time work can also not be awarded if the applicant is a Ph.D. candidate who receives a salary. During the grant period, it is, however, possible to hold a position or be in other type of paid employment for a maximum of 25% of working time. The main rule is that alongside the work performed with the support of a grant, you may work sporadically, or regularly by the hour, for example. This will not impact the length of the grant period.

Assessment of applications

Applications are assessed based on the quality of the application, its scientific or artistic merits, and the expenses estimate drawn up by the applicant. It can happen that our expert assessors read hundreds of applications. Applicants must stand out and be able to convince the reader right from the point where they name their topic. A good application is clear, concise and expressive. The work that the grant is applied for must be feasible and impressive. When assessing applications for the projects of working groups and collectives, in particular, the assessors will estimate how carefully expense estimates have been drawn up.


  • The main fund application period is annually in August; decisions are communicated to applicants in October
  • The application period for city and dedicated funds is in January each year; decisions are communicated in March.
  • The application period for major cultural projects is in January each year, with decisions communicated in March
  • The application period for the New York artists’ residence is in April, and decisions are communicated in June.
  • The application period for the Villa Lante artists’ residence is in April,  and decisions are communicated in June.
  • You can check the application periods for the Post Doc Pool from post doc -pool.


NB. Major cultural projects application period in January 2018

Grants for Major cultural projects are awarded with an application period in January 2018.

Rekisterinpitäjän tietosuojaseloste (pdf, in Finnish)

Ready to write a brilliant application?

Apply for a grant in online service. Before that

  • application period and criteria checked
  • the guidelines for applicants, and the questions and answers section are read
  • why, what purpose and what kind of outcome clearly in your mind
  • I´m ready! Move on to write a brilliant application
To the grants online service

Check that you are eligible for a grant and the application period. The application period of the main fund is August each year. The application periods of city funds, dedicated funds and major cultural projects are in January.


Make sure you have plenty of time. Read the instructions and ensure you have enough time to write your application, draw up an expenses estimate, and get a hold of all required appendices. Find out if there is an info session.


Register to the online grant service. Register to the online grant service. Save your user name and password.


Make a brilliant application. It can happen that our expert assessors read hundreds of applications. Make sure that readers understand what it is you are applying a grant for, and what is the end result you seek to achieve through your work. Write down the most important things first, and try to express them in a concrete way. Do not ramble.


Check the contents and language of your application. Is the aim of the wok clearly expressed? Make sure you have included all needed appendices.


Send the application within the application period.