Sciences

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).

 

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

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, its appendices and statement of the progress of the work should be delivered to the online service within the application period.

Appendice

  • degree diploma (if Ph.D.)
  • CV
  • list of publications
  • permission to defend dissertation from the faculty (if Post Doc)
  • progress report.
  • expanded working plan.
  • 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.

Evaluation criteria
Grants can be awarded if the work fulfils the purpose mentioned in the Foundation’s bylaws:
‘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.

When evaluating grant applications, our experts pay attention to the significance of the topic as well as the quality, contents and feasibility of the research plan. Moreover, the applicant’s activeness in the scientific field is taken into consideration, with things such as publications that are not related to the Ph.D. work and participation in international congresses taken into account.

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

1398Applications
66Awarded grants

Distribution of grants
46
Doctoral dissertations

13
Post-doc research

5
Congress travel

2
Other

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
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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

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Half-year grant for work on doctoral dissertation
Personal six-month grant, max. amount €12,000.

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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.

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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.

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