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

aleksanteri-fellows [at]

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

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Location & Connections


Research visits at the Aleksanteri Institute

The Aleksanteri Institute can also host visiting researchers and visiting PhD students who come to the University of Helsinki with their own funding. These visits should be directly linked to the research being conducted at the Aleksanteri Institute. Beyond the Fellows of our Visiting Fellows Programme and scholars invited by Institute’s ongoing research projects, our capacity to host researchers is, however, fairly limited.

If you are interested in a self-funded research stay of a few weeks or a few months, please (1) fill in the electronic background information form and (2) send your CV and a description of your current research (including a work plan for your proposed research stay) to Head of International Affairs Anna Korhonen

The Aleksanteri Institute makes decisions on invitations for research visits four times a year. Please note that the number of such research visits is limited. 

We ask you to send your proposal at the latest three months prior to your intended visit. Collection dates: January 15, April 15, August 15 and November 15.

Joint applications

The Aleksanteri Institute may host joint applications for research funding for research stays or for establishing research projects at the Aleksanteri Institute, in particular for the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme calls. If you are interested in submitting a joint application for the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie mobility grants, or the European Research Council grants, please contact Head of International Affairs Anna Korhonen. Enquiries about our opportunity to host an application for Marie Skłodowska-Curie and ERC grants should be sent at least four months before the call deadline. The calls for ERC Advanced Grant proposals are usually open until end of August, the Starting Grant calls end in October, and the Consolidator Grants in February. This is just an estimated schedule of these calls. You can see the actual open and upcoming calls for these grants on the ERC website. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowship calls end around mid-September.

For PhD candidates, the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) offers grants for conducting study and research at Finnish universities. The primary target group of the EDUFI Fellowship programme are those foreign PhD students who will be doing their PhD degree at a Finnish university, but in some cases funding can be issued for visiting doctoral students. Applications for these fellowships are made by a hosting institute. If you are interested in these grants for visiting doctoral students, please be in touch with Anna Korhonen as well as a researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute to inquire about his or her opportunity for jointly making an application. An application should be sent to EDUFI at least five months prior to the intended scholarship period.

MArgarita Balmaceda

Professor Margarita M. Balmaceda, Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow May 2010-September 2011


Other opportunities at the University of Helsinki

If you wish to come to the University of Helsinki for a short-term visit or for longer-term employment, you can check, among others, the following opportunities: the Collegium for Advanced Studies Kone Visiting Fellows scheme for scholars from Russia, the Baltic countries, Ukraine and Belarus, and the Collegium’s regular call for applications for Fellows. 

You may also check the University of Helsinki section for Open positions.