Director of the Visiting Fellows Programme
Anna Korhonen
Head of International Affairs
tel. +358-(0)50-563 63 07

Eeva Korteniemi
tel. +358-(0)50-4150 571

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Aleksanteri Institute
P.O.Box 42 (Unioninkatu 33)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Telephone: +358 (0) 2941 23544

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Location & Connections


Visiting Fellows Alumni

Aleksanteri Institute’s Visiting Fellows Programme has invited over 100 Visiting Fellows since the start of the programme in 2008–2009. By the end of the academic year 2016–2017, we have hosted 116 Visiting Fellows and five Central Asia Visiting Fellows, and 16 more scholars are joining in during 2017–2018.

It is always a great pleasure for the Aleksanteri Institute to host our highly accomplished visitors whose presence invigorates our academic community and instigates new initiatives. We are happy to say that also the Visiting Fellows themselves have greatly enjoyed their time at the Aleksanteri Institute and in Helsinki. For most Visiting Fellows their visit has been an exceptional time to fully concentrate on research and writing, and for creating new networks and initiatives with our resident researchers and also with other Visiting Fellows. In the words of some of the fellows:


“It was terrific to have the opportunity to engage with a community of committed scholars and researchers who are working, in an interdisciplinary context, on topics on Eastern Europe."

“It is a great environment to get a lot of work done. The institute is, in my experience, an unusually peaceful and socially well-functioning environment.”

“I really appreciated the community environment of the institute. The visiting fellow lunches and other organised events are really helpful in meeting other people. On top of that Helsinki has a great intellectual environment and it's a perfect location for a fellowship because of all the things that are going on all the time. Everyone is really friendly!”

“Exceptional working environment in terms of colleagues (permanent staff and visiting fellows), research activity, office and related provisions, accommodation, libraries. Being here during the annual conference was also fantastic. That conference is in my view the best international conference on Russia. I was also able to attend seminars at the Finnish Institute for International Affairs, and at the University of Turku.”

“A really calm, laidback but supportive and inclusive atmosphere that helped me be productive in writing academic work.”

“There is no obvious way that my stay could have been more useful, except for staying longer!”

“My stay was absolutely perfect. The organisation before and during the stay was extremely helpful and professional and I was more than impressed with this. I don't think there are many opportunities like the Aleksanteri Visiting Scholarship in Europe.”

We hope that our future Visiting Fellows will be at least as satisfied as the former ones have been!

While doing our best in helping everyone get the most out of their time at the University of Helsinki, we also hope to facilitate gaining further benefit from these visits. To this end, we have a new form of support for those who have been at the Aleksanteri Institute as a Visiting Fellow and who wish to continue cooperating with us.

Visiting Fellows alumni – support for short visits to Helsinki

We wish to encourage development of links between our former Visiting Fellows and our resident researchers. For this purpose, the Visiting Fellows Programme will support short visits of up to one week by Visiting Fellows alumni returning to the Aleksanteri Institute for conducting joint work with our researchers. The support covers all or part of the travel (up to 600€), accommodation in a small studio in the Töölö Towers plus daily allowance. These visits should have a concrete work plan for cooperation, and is intended for, e.g., working on a joint publication or research proposal. The Aleksanteri Institute can support max 9 such short visits per calendar year.

How and when to apply? Support for these short stays can be applied three-four times a year. In 2017, the deadlines for expressing an interest in such a visit are February 24, May 5, August 18 and November 10. For information on how to proceed, please contact Anna Korhonen

Please note that support for these short visits is intended only for former Visiting Fellows and Central Asia Visiting Fellows of the Visiting Fellows Programme.

Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows 2008–2017 

Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows Alumni in alphabetical order

Below you can find information on all the Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows until the academic year 2016–2017.

Anceshci, Luca
Arkhipova, Alexandra
Artemyeva, Tatiana
Bacon, Edwin
Badyina, Anna
Balmaceda, Margarita
Best, Ulrich
Bogdanova, Elena
Bogumil, Zuzanna
Brandist, Craig
Bremer, Thomas
Burkhanov, Aziz
Busygina, Irina
Buzalka, Juraj
Bystrova, Irina
Closson, Stacy
Cook, Linda
Cox, Terry
Deak, Andras
Denisova-Schmidt, Elena
Dimitrov, Martin
Efremenko, Dmitry
Engel, Christine
Etkind, Alexander
Falk, Barbara
Fisun, Oleksandr
Gerasimov, Ilya
Gerlach, Julia
Ghodsee, Kristen
Glebov, Sergey
Goscilo, Helena
Graan, Andrew
Grødeland, Åse B.
Guth, Stefan
Harris, Jane
Hemment, Julie
Horák, Slavomír
Huang, Lifu
Ilic, Melanie
Johnson, Janet
Junes, Tom
Kaczmarski, Marcin
Kaiser, Robert
Kalinin, Ilya
Kinossian, Nadir
Kniazeva, Olga
Koch, Natalie
Krakovsky, Roman
Kravchenko, Volodomyr
Laruelle, Marlene
LeHuerou, Anne
Leichtova, Magdalena
Lyaponuva, Olga
Magnusdottir, Rosa
Maidansky, Andrey
Malinova, Olga
March, Luke
Maslovskiy, Mikhail
Mason, Arthur
Medvedev, Sergey
Merdjanova, Ina
Miazhevich, Galina
Mikeshin, Mikhail
Mitrofanova, Anastasia
Mjor, Kåre Johan
Moran, Dominique
Morris, Jeremy
Nadkarni, Maya
Navumau, Vasil
Nikiporets-Takigawa, Galina
Obradovic-Wochnik, Jelena
Ochirova, Irina
Omelchenko, Elena
Osokina, Elena
Pape, Ulla
Paretskaya, Anna
Pinsky, Anatoly
Plets, Gertjan
Pullmann, Michal
Rat, Cristina
Read, Rosie
Reeves, Madeleine
Renz, Bettina
Rethmann, Petra
Roberts, Sean
Salaev, Nodirbek
Scherrer, Jutta
Segert, Dieter
Shevchenko, Olga
Shnirelman, Victor
Simons, Gregory
Smyth, Regina
Soboleva, Mayya
Sokhibov, Akmal
Sotsov, Andrei
Stegmann, Natali
Steila, Daniela
Stephenson, Svetlana
Stites, Richard
Strukov, Vlad
Suleymanova, Dilyara
Suslov, Mikhail
Tarasenko, Anna
Tchalakov, Ivan
Tesser, Lynn
Toepfl, Florian
Tolstaya, Katya
Torsello, Davide
Trubina, Elena
Tsygankov, Andrei
Urinboyev, Rustam
Utekhin, Ilya
Walker, Charles
Watson, Peggy
Vazquez Linan, Miguel
Vittuari, Matteo
Worobec, Christine
Yurchak, Alexei
Zabyelina, Julia

Zdravomyslova, Elena
Zhuravlev, Sergey