The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool

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The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool grants are intended for doctoral level post-graduate studies and research in Finnish universities and public research centres.

The scholarship in a nutshell
Applicant: must have a Master’s degree

Nationality: restricted, please see Who can apply? (below)

Field: all disciplines

Purpose: work on a doctoral thesis or a research visit in Finland

Application deadline: once a year, different dates for different countries

Application submitted to: authorities in the applicant’s country of residence

Grant: 1,500 euros/month, payable to the applicant in full

Scholarship duration: 3–9 months


These scholarships are based on bilateral agreements between Finland and other countries. To apply for these, you need to be a national of one of the below countries:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Egypt 
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Namibia
  • Peru
  • Republic of Korea
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • USA

To apply for the scholarship, you also need to meet the following criteria:

  • You have been pre-approved to carry out research relating to a doctoral level thesis or been invited as a doctoral student in a Finnish university or a public research centre.
  • You have a letter of invitation from a supervisor in a Finnish university or a research centre, stating that this host is committed to working with you.
  • You have not already studied or worked in a Finnish university for more than a year immediately before the planned start of the scholarship period.
  • You can demonstrate your proficiency in English with an official language test (IELTS, TOEFL) and can attach a certificate for this in your application form. Alternatively, it is confirmed in the invitation letter from the university that they regard your language skills sufficient for research and studies in a university in Finland