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 Master’s-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;
The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool programme is open to young researchers from all academic fields. The scholarship cannot be applied for Master's level studies or post-Doctoral studies/research. The deadline to apply for a scholarship ends on February 15, 2017.
Who can apply?
The scholarships are based mainly on cultural agreements or similar arrangements between Finland and the following countries:
What does the scholarship cover?
The scholarship includes:
The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool programme can be applied for a study/research period of 3-9 months, 9 months being the maximum time for an individual applicant.
You may wish to keep in mind that the Finnish academic year starts in late August/early September and ends in late May (check the exact dates with the Finnish university you're interested in). However, in your application you may also specify your scholarship period to start later than September - as long as your scholarship period begins within the academic year that you've applied the scholarship for.
This scholarship programme can not be applied to cover a whole Doctoral degree programme - if you are granted this scholarship, after the initial CIMO scholarship period you will need to look for other sources of funding for the remainder of your studies/research in Finland.
How and when to apply
Applications for the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool funding should be made to the appropriate authority in the applicant's country. For information on the appropriate authority in your country, please see the listing of countries and authorities to contact.
The announcements for the opening of the annual application round are sent out from CIMO at the end of September annually.
Applicants may then contact the scholarship authorities in their home country for information on the national deadline for submitting the application documents. Make sure you meet the national deadline in your home country, as that is the deadline by which you should submit your application to the national contact authorities.
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