How to apply?

The calls for Aleksanteri visiting fellowships open each January for appointments in the next academic year and the grant-holders are selected by an academic committee by early April.  

The criteria for selecting Visiting Fellows combine academic excellence, potential for a mutually beneficial research visit and our aim to invite a diverse cohort of fellows in terms of research topics, disciplines, and countries of study. 

We are pleased to receive a great number of excellent applications for each call. At the same time, this means that we are able to invite only a small part of all those scholars whom we would want to host. Therefore we warmly encourage resubmissions. 

The fellowship is intended for scholars who are carrying out research in a field relevant to the Aleksanteri Institute’s multidisciplinary research profile on Russia and Eastern Europe, and whose place of residence is outside Finland. Applicants can be at any career stage but must hold a PhD degree. The degree must be granted before the application period closes.

Visiting Fellows are expected to contribute to the advancement of Russian and Eastern European Studies in general and to the research agenda of the Aleksanteri Institute in particular.

Grant-holders are required to have an excellent command of English.

Welcome back, alumni!

We wish to continue working with our previous Visiting Fellows who want to further develop research cooperation with colleagues in Finland, and we welcome resubmissions to the Visiting Fellows Programme by its alumni. The Aleksanteri Institute also encourages the development of research cooperation by providing support for Visiting Fellow Alumni for short visits to Helsinki to conduct joint work with the Institute’s resident researchers.

The call for applications for the upcoming academic year (from 1 August through 15 July) is published in early January and closed in mid-February each year. Please check the exact dates for each upcoming call. Calls are announced on our website, via emailing lists and through social media.

All applicants will be personally notified of the result in early April and the names of the Visiting Fellows invited for a research stay will be published at the Aleksanteri Institute's website.

The call for applications for the 2020–2021 academic year was open from 13 January until 12 February 2020.

Applications can be submitted only during the application period. An application consists of an electronic form (made available when the application period begins) and materials submitted along with the electronic form in PDF format:

  1.  A cover letter of max one page
  2. Research plan of max 2500 words
  3. CV (max 2 pages)
  4. List of publications (max 2 pages)

The cover letter should specify the purpose of the research visit and its potential for mutually benefiting the applicant and the host institute. Research plan describes the background, objectives, methods and research material/data of the project that the applicant would work on during the fellowship, along with a bibliography and work plan for the visit.

If you are interested in a research stay at the Aleksanteri Institute and consider applying for our visiting fellowships, we kindly ask you to check the call announcement for detailed and up-to-date application instructions.   

Head of International Affairs, Director of the Visiting Fellows Programme Anna Korhonen.