Finnish Government Scholarship Pool Programme in Finland, 2018-2019

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Finnish Government is pleased to offer a range of scholarships to students of high academic ability for 2018 entry. Students of Australia, China, Cuba, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Republic of Korea, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA are eligible to apply for these scholarships to undertake 3-9 months for doctoral level studies and research.

The aim of Finnish educational policy is quality, efficiency, equality, and internationalization.

Finnish education system was ranked best in the world in 2012 (the Learning Curve, Pearsons). The Finnish educational system offers equal opportunities of education for all, irrespective of matters of residency, sex, economic situation or linguistic and cultural background.

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.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for 3-9 months for doctoral level studies and research at Finnish Universities or Public Research Institutes.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in all academic fields.

Scholarship Award: 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 the programme. Scholarship recipients are recommended to make arrangements for sufficient insurance coverage for their stay in Finland. Please see the section ‘Practical matters‘ for information on the practicalities of coming to Finland as an international student/researcher.

Scholarship can be taken in Finland

Eligibility: 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 Masters-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 – The scholarship programme itself 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.

Nationality: Finnish Government Scholarship Pool is open for the students of Australia, China, Cuba, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Peru, Republic of Korea, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA.

College Admission Requirement:  

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have earned a masters level degree before applying.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirements: 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.

Doctoral Scholarship

How to Apply: Applications for the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool funding should be made to the appropriate authority in the applicant’s country. The scholarship authorities in each country are invited to present applications for up to 10 candidates for the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool. The announcements for the opening of the annual application round are usually sent out from CIMO at the end of September annually. Documents required for an application:

  • A completed and signed application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copies of latest diplomas
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Study/research plan (2-5 pages, including a statement of motivation, goals, work plan, work method, expected results)
  • Invitation/expression of interest and motivation for cooperation from the hosting academic supervisor in Finland
  • Language certificate (Finnish, Swedish or English) or other indication of sufficient language skills – please see above, in the section ‘Eligibility criteria’

Copies of original diplomas accompanied with translations into English, Finnish or Swedish – if the original certificates are not in these languages. Preferably official translations. Please do not send in any originals as CIMO will not return any application documents.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The annual deadline set by CIMO for the nomination of scholarship candidates by the national authorities is in mid-February (in 2018: 15 February).

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