The applicant is a researcher with 3–9 years of experience since PhD completion or up to 13 years, provided that they have since completed medical specialist training;
The Academy of Finland encourages researcher mobility.
The Academy of Finland funds cutting-edge, responsible and high-impact research, promoting the renewal and regeneration of science. The Academy of Finland has two main application rounds each year: September and April. Call is open 1 September –28 September 2016. The salary funding is determined according to a salary of 4,950 euros/month. We will also allocate funding for indirect employee costs (28%) and overheads (14.29%, i.e. the funding includes an overheads share of 12.5%).
Applicants for a research post as Academy Research Fellow apply for funding for their own salary for a maximum of five years. The aim of the funding is to provide an opportunity for the most talented and advanced researchers to develop their skills of academic leadership and to establish themselves as independent researchers.
The posts as Academy Research Fellow provide researchers with a good and diverse opportunity to work independently on their research and to contribute to developing the research in the field. Academy Research Fellows are encouraged to engage in international research collaboration and mobility across international and sectoral borders, for example, so that they work part of their term abroad. Applicants may also be foreign researchers who already work or will work in the Finnish scientific community.
The duties of Academy Research Fellows include (without separate compensation) supervision of thesis and dissertation writers in their own field and teaching associated with their research, covering 5% of annual working hours.
The salary funding is determined according to a salary of 4,950 euros/month. The Academy will also allocate funding for indirect employee costs (28%) and overheads (14.29%, i.e. the funding includes an overheads share of 12.5%).
On the initiative of the researcher concerned, the Academy Research Fellow salary funding may be integrated during the funding period with salary funding received from other sources (e.g. the ERC). The same applies if the researcher is part of the university’s tenure track system. In the September 2016 call, however, applicants apply for the full amount of salary funding.
For research costs
Recipients of funding for research posts as Academy Research Fellow can – having received the decision on their salary funding – submit a separate application for a grant for research costs to the relevant research council. This grant can cover research costs, international collaboration and mobility, and setting up a research team. Read more on how the research councils grant funding for research costs in Appendix 2 C of the September 2016 call text. Guidelines are also available on our website under Research councils and from the call’s contact persons.
Separate decisions will be made on the funding for the salary and research costs of Academy Research Fellows in spring 2017. Those selected to a post will be requested to separately submit an application and a detailed funding plan for research costs.
However, you must also append a tentative funding plan for research costs to your application as part of the research plan (under Implementation). The application for funding for research costs is drafted under following the full cost model.
Research at EUI
The European University Institute (EUI) can receive one Academy-funded Academy Research Fellow at a time to carry out research at the EUI for 1–2 years. Funding for this opportunity is applied for as part of the five-year research post as Academy Research Fellow. If you are interested in working at the EUI, please read about EUI research before applying and contact the Academy’s EUI contact person (see below) when drafting your application. You need not append any separate invitation from the EUI to your application.
Successful applicants will have been engaged in successful scientific publication and collaboration since gaining their doctoral degree.
The applicant is a researcher with 3–9 years of experience since PhD completion (degree certificate issued 27 Sep 2007–30 Sep 2013), or up to 13 years, provided that they have since completed medical specialist training.
Applicants who have completed their doctoral degree more than nine years ago can be considered only for special reasons (maternity, paternity, parental or childcare leave, military service or nonmilitary service, or long-term illness). If you plead these special reasons, justify them in the application underPersonal data/CV, Degrees, Additional information. If the reasons are strictly confidential, please contact the presenting official (see Contacts).
Appendix 2 of the September 2016 call text shows the success rates of applications for funding for research posts as Academy Research Fellow by research council.
New conditions for September 2016: mobility requirement
The Academy of Finland encourages researcher mobility. The new ‘mobility requirement’ is met if researchers apply for funding for a research post as Academy Research Fellow to a research environment other than the one in which they worked while completing their doctoral thesis. Here, ‘research environment’ refers to the research team or community in which the researchers work. A single site of research (university, research institute, etc.) may include more than one research environment. This means that it is possible to change research environments within the same site.
If the application concerns the same research environment where the applicant worked while completing their doctoral degree, the applicant must give an account of at least six months of research experience from another research environment since PhD completion.
The Academy of Finland’s mission is to fund high-quality scientific research, provide expertise in science and science policy, and strengthen the position of science and research. We are an agency within the administrative branch of the Finnish Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.
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