Grants are applied for by filling in the electronic application form and uploading required attachments to it. To get to the electronic application form, please go to the Post doc pooli homepage and click ”Create an application” and log in with your own username.
The electronic application must be sent within the application period. The electronic application form is not to be printed nor signed.
The required attachments to the application include: an abstract of the research project, project and research plan, curriculum vitae and list of publications, doctoral thesis pre-examiner’s statement (in case of doctoral candidates) or official opponent’s statement (for others), references (1-3), invitation from the receiving university or institution. The only accepted file format for attachments is pdf.
The attachments may be written in Finnish, Swedish or English, except for the abstract, which must be written in Finnish of Swedish.
References can be added by the applicants themselves of by a referee. In the latter case, the applicant will send a request to a referee by logging into their own application and clicking the link “Request to referee” at the top part of the application.
The application and/or references should mention the significance of the research period abroad for the applicant’s own field of research and for Finnish science in general.
The abstract, i.e. the summary, provides a brief overview of the content of the project and research plan (max. 2 000 characters).
The abstract should also include 1) reasons for why the applicant is going to this particular research institution, 2) a short description of the research project and 3) a mention of whether family members are joining the applicant abroad.
The abstract must be written in either Finnish or Swedish.
Project and research plan
The project and research plan states clearly what the applicant’s research concerns and why she/he is going to this particular research institute. In addition to the actual research plan, it should include an overview of how the applicant’s own research ties in with research conducted at the receiving foreign university or institute. The project and research plan must be concise and compact, max 5 pages.
Enter your cost estimate in the electronic grant application system. The grant from the Pool is intended to fund all expenses to the scholar resulting from a research period abroad. The applicant must present a funding plan for her/his own project, in which possible funding from other sources is also mentioned, and specify what costs he/she is planning to cover with a grant from the Pool.
The cost estimate is based on the applicant and his/her family’s needs and the receiving country’s level of costs. The applicant must inform the Pool of the family members who will be joining him/her abroad.
Please draft your cost estimate according to the following instructions. If the project spans over several years, make a separate cost estimate for each year.
The cost estimate must include the following:
Site of research project
Total duration of project
Research period (dates) to be covered by the Pool’s grant
Total costs of the project
Total funding of the project
The sum applied for from the Pool specified in the following way:
(see instructions for country-specific costs)
Travel and moving costs (specify)
e.g. school and childcare costs for family members (specify)
e.g. research costs (specify)
e.g. additional insurance (specify)
*In case the applicant receives a full salary, she/he cannot apply for a working grant.
Grants awarded by the Pool are usually subject to statutory insurance, in accordance with the Farmers’ Social Insurance legislation. The insurance is not obligatory for the share of the grant assigned for research expenses. The grant recipients must contact the Farmers’ Social Insurance Institution Mela to find out whether they need to take the insurance.
For further information: Farmers’ Social Insurance Institution Mela
Grants awarded by foundations are tax-exempt up to the amount equivalent to the Finnish state grants for artists (currently € 20.461,72).
For further information: Tax Administration,Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers’ tax guide, and Council of Finnish Foundations