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Fellows at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
The basis of all HCAS activities is its Core Fellowship Program, based on an open annual call, which is advertised internationally and typically attracts more than 300 applications (more than 50% of them from outside Finland), with an acceptance rate around 4%. Most of the HCAS fellows enter the HCAS through this process, based on evaluations by the Academic Advisory Board of the HCAS. The final appointment decisions are made by the Director after the Executive Board has given its statement. The fellowship periods of the fellows are 1‐3 years. No extensions are given.
While most of the Fellows receive their funding from the Collegium, some of them are funded by the Academy of Finland. There are also a number of Special Fellowship Programmes at the HCAS which are externally funded.
- The Helsingin Sanomat Foundation Fellow is appointed with a specific focus on promoting research on the media and media industry industry. The Fellowship was established in 2008 in cooperation with the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation.
- The Kone Foundation Senior Fellow is appointed annually (2010‐2012) in connection with
the Collegium's Fellowship Program. This fellowship is a fixed three‐year term.
- EURIAS Fellows are appointed via the the European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme co-funded by EU FP7. Programme offers 10-month residencies for promising young scholars as well as for leading senior researchers.
T he Collegium has also one Professorship:
- The Jane and Aatos Erkko Visiting Professor in Studies on Contemporary Society is
appointed for a fixed term of one or two academic years. This Chair is based on a donation
by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.
Progammes and Short-term Fellowships
The above-mentioned Fellowships are long-term. However, the HCAS has also a number of short-term Fellowships:
- Erik Allardt Fellowships are a joint effort with the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study,
partly funded by the Kone Foundation and the Finnish‐Swedish Cultural Foundation. This
program enables the HCAS to invite 2‐3 Swedish scholars to spend a short term (4‐6 months) at the HCAS, starting in 2011.
- Approximately seven (7) Kone Foundation Fellows are invited by the Director annually,
based on proposals received from the Finnish academic community. These fellowships are
short‐term (4 months) visiting posts intended for scholars coming from Russia and some
other Eastern European countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belo‐Russia). The
current agreement with the Kone Foundation is valid until 2012.
- HCAS Writer Programme enables the Helsinki Collegium to invite one or two writers per academic year to work at the Collegium. The aim of the fellowship is to reinforce interaction between research and art by sharing insights and engaging academic researchers and artists in dialogue. The programme, funded by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation, strives towards mutual enrichment across the boundaries between scholarship and art.
In addition, the HCAS seeks to recruit Visiting Fellows on a more ad hoc basis, often in connection with the annual themes and/or projects based at the Collegium. The Collegium appoints also Honorary Fellows who play a key role in shaping the academic profile and public image of the HCAS internationally.