Grants are awarded to private individuals for Ph.D. work in various sciences, postdoctoral research, travelling to congresses that deal with the topic of research, and work as a visiting scholar. Grants are not awarded for first degrees, or to working groups and collectives or to starting Ph.D. work (first year students).
Decision: October 2019
Who can apply?
Finnish citizens and citizens of other countries who live in Finland can apply for working grants for work performed predominantly in Finland. For grants received earlier from the Foundation, you need to fill in a usage report prior to applying for a new grant.
The Foundation does not award grants for the first year of working on a Ph.D.
What to do in practice?
Apply for a grant in the online service. The application and its appendices (except the degree diploma and permission to defend dissertation from the faculty by 15th September) should be submit through the online service within the application period. Statement on the progress of the work should be submit through the online reference service by 15th September 2019.
- degree diploma (if Ph.D. or Post doc, by 15th September through the grant online service)
- list of publications
- permission to defend dissertation from the faculty (if Post Doc, by 15th September 2019 through the grant online service)
- statement on the progress of the work (if Ph.D. or Post Doc, through the online reference service by 15th September 2019.
Contact personally to your supervisor and tell that you need a statement)
- expanded working plan, maximum number of pages is 5 including references (if Ph.D or Post Doc)
- invitation if congress travel (only if you are pplying for congress travel)
All appendices must be in pdf format, and they must be sent via the grant online service. Appendices or testimonials cannot be sent via email.
Size of the grant
- A personal 12-month working grant for work on a Ph.D. = maximum amount €24,000.
- A personal 6-month working grant for work on a Ph.D. = maximum amount €12,000.
- A personal 12-month working grant for post doc research = maximum amount €28,000.
- A personal 6-month working grant for post doc research = maximum amount €14,000.
- Conference travel and visiting scientists: the applicant will define the applied sum and the duration of the work his/herself.
You can include expenses such as material expenses, assistant expenses and purchased services into your work. Mela, the insurer of grant recipients, will accept that expenses account for half of the received grant.
For what period?
The grant is for work performed during the calendar year that follows the year the grant was awarded. Grants are not awarded for expenses generated prior to the grant decision. The main rule is that grants are to be used within two years of the date when they were awarded.
The purpose of Alfred Kordelin Foundation is to promote Finnish science and culture or their internationalization. The applicant is entitled to receive a scholarship if the applicant has, on the basis of previous evidence, the conditions for implementing the plan he has submitted. In evaluating the grant applications, specialists pay attention to the relevance of the subject and to the quality, content and feasibility of the research plan. In addition, the applicant’s activity in the discipline is taken into account, for example, other than the dissertation’s publishing and participation in international congresses. Decisions on awarded grants are made by the board of Alfred Kordelin Foundation. The Foundation does not publish the names of the experts who evaluate applications.
Grants and employment
It is a requirement of a grant awarded for full-time work that the recipient does not work full-time elsewhere, for example in a doctoral school. Receiving another working grant or unemployment benefits during the grant period is also not allowed.
During the grant period, you can be employed for a maximum of 25% of working time. This means 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. The grants cover employment pension insurance, occupational accident insurance, and group life insurance.
You can include expenses such as material expenses, assistant expenses and purchased services into your work. Mela, the insurer of grant recipients, will accept that expenses account for half of the received grant. Use the same application form to apply for funding of both living costs and expenses.
The Foundation can award funding for work which begins, at its earliest, in October of the year the grant was awarded. As a rule, grants are paid out during the year after the year when the grant was awarded, and are to be used within two years of the time they were awarded. Grants are awarded for one year at a time.
A prerequisite for receiving a grant is that the applicant does not work full-time elsewhere, for example at a doctoral school. Receiving another working grant or unemployment benefits during the grant period is also not allowed. The grants cover employment pension insurance, occupational accident insurance, and group life insurance. Please read further information, Mela.
Applications are assessed by the Foundation’s team of experts, and decisions on awarded grants are made by the Board of Directors of the Alfred Kordelin Foundation. The Foundation will not disclose the names of the experts who assess applications.
If we are receiving applications now, please read instructions for grant applicant.
Science grants 2018
Distribution of grants
Average grant16 246 €
Total amount of awarded grants1 121 000 €
Awarded grants, total
Full-year grant for work on doctoral dissertation
Personal full year grant, max. amount €24 000. A full-year grant can be awarded for a second and third year upon separate application.
Half-year grant for work on doctoral dissertation
Personal six-month grant, max. amount €12,000.
Full-year grant for post-doc research
Personal 12-month grant for post-doc research, max. amount €28,000. It is possible to apply if you have done your dissertation work max. 5 years ago, excluding parental leaves etc. If you plan to work in a non-Finnish university for at least one academic year, apply for a grant at the Foundations’ Post Doc pool.
Individual researcher’s travel to a congress with a topic that touches the topic of research, for example at a university outside Finland. Grant can be applied if the applicant has a presentation in congress, the congress is related to a doctoral dissertation or post doc-work and applicant’s doctoral dissertation has not been completed more than 5 years apart, excluding parental leaves etc.
Individual researcher’s visit, related to their topic of research, to a university outside Finland, for example. Grant can be applied if applicant’s doctoral dissertation has not been completed more than 5 years apart, excluding parental leaves etc.