Info for students Graduation University bureaucracy Contact Information

Coordinator Anni Tonteri


Phone: +358-50-448 4434

Department of Biosciences
P.O. Box 65 (Viikinkaari 1)
00014 University of Helsinki

Biocenter 3, 5th floor, room 5601


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There are several foundations that fund postgraduate research in Finland. You can start your search from these links (many in Finnish only):

Aurora database on funding opportunities
Research Foundation of the University of Helsinki
University of Helsinki Funds
Chancellor's travel grant
Dissertation completion grants
Financial aid for dissertation printing costs

Some societies grant funds for PhD students as well, for example:

Societas pro Fauna et Flora Fennica
Societas Entomologica Fennica
The Finnish Society of Forest Science

Ask around if there is a society in your field of study.

Researchers' pension and occupational accident insurance

Recipients of grants or scholarships must take out insurance if they work uninterruptedly for at least four months with a grant or scholarship awarded in Finland after 1st of January 2009. The main rule is that the grant recipient should work in Finland but not as an employee to the grant issuer. For more information, please refer to the website of MELA, the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution.

LUOVA's travel funding

LUOVA has allocated some funds to promote international training of its students. There are two different types of funds available:

Funding for attending international PhD courses and other training events both in Finland and abroad,
Funding for visits to research laboratories abroad to learn a new method or collaborate on a PhD thesis chapter, and
Funding for lo for international conferences, seminars or workshops in Finland and abroad.

More information on LUOVA travel funding is available here.