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.


Application period: 1. to 31. August 2017
Decision: October 2017

Finnish citizens and citizens of other countries who live in Finland can apply for working grants for work performed predominantly in Finland. 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.

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

66Awarded grants

Distribution of grants
Doctoral dissertations

Post-doc research

Congress travel


Average grant17 833 €
Total amount of awarded grants1 177 000 €
Awarded grants, total
Grant types
Grants for the sciences are awarded for the following purposes

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. 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.


Congress travel
Individual researcher’s travel to a congress with a topic that touches the topic of research, for example at a university outside Finland.


Visiting research
Individual researcher’s visit, related to their topic of research, to a university outside Finland, for example.

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