The University of Helsinki believes that a researcher’s career should be protected by an employment contract. Foundations can support researchers at different stages of their careers by endowing dedicated employment positions. An endowed position is better suited to full-time research than a grant and provides the researcher with employment benefits, such as occupational health care and parental leave.
The University of Helsinki’s own Research Foundation began to support researchers with endowed positions in the spring of 2014. In the first round of applications, positions funded by the Research Foundation were granted to 13 researchers working on their doctoral dissertations in the University’s doctoral schools. The position of the researchers working in endowed positions is equivalent to that of other researchers holding the position of doctoral student at the doctoral schools. The only differences are the researcher’s title, which indicates the funder, the requirement to submit an annual report to the foundation detailing the progress of the dissertation research and the requirement to speak about the research at foundation events when requested. Read more about the Research Foundation’s endowed positions (in Finnish) >>
Suomen Luonnonvarain Säätiö Foundation also supports research as employment contracts, read more (in Finnish) at Palkasta turvaa tutkijalle.