HCAS Core Fellowship

Core Fellowship Programme is the basis of all HCAS activities. Most of our Fellows are appointed through it.

Basic characteristics of the Programme:

  • Annual open call usually from August to September
  • Open to researchers from the humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, theology and law, as well as to researchers in other fields who focus on topics related to the human sciences
  • Employment, not a grant programme
  • Fixed term appointments for 0,5 - 2 years
  • For all career levels beyond the doctorate (post-docs, mid-career researchers, and full professors)
  • Usual number of appointments 8-14 per year
  • Number of applications has been 250-450 per year, with well over 50 % from outside Finland
  • No fixed career stage or discipline quotas

What we offer:

  • Time and freedom for concentrated research free from administrative duties and from a large teaching obligation
  • Thriving and stimulating collegial work environment in the center of Helsinki, surrounded by libraries
  • Salaried positions with associated benefits (paid family and sick leave, pension benefits and occupational health care) in accordance with the General Collective Agreement for Universities
  • Office space
  • Language check services
  • Travel and research allowance
  • Taxable relocation allowance for those newly recruited fellows who must relocate to the Helsinki area from elsewhere in Finland and in the world
  • Relocation assistance for international fellows
  • Social programming and limited in-house wellness services

Expectations from recruited Fellows:

  • Fellows should concentrate on their research to the best of their abilities and be willing to interact and communicate their research with their colleagues
  • 80% of the fellowship period must be physically present at the Collegium
  • The annual workload system of 1624 hours used at the University of Helsinki applies
  • Teaching requirement of 5% from the second fellowship-year onwards
  • Participation in the weekly Brown Bag seminars, 1 presentation per academic year

Interested in joining the HCAS community?

Apply to HCAS Core Fellowship Programme >>


The 2018 Core Fellowship Appointments at the HCAS

The Call for Applications for 2018 is closed. We received altogether 217 applications. The decision will be made in February 2018.

The 2017 Core Fellowship Appointments at the HCAS

11 applicants were chosen as research fellows starting September 1, 2017:

Appointees to our vacant positions