Call for HiLIFE Fellow applications

Helsinki Institute of Life Science HiLIFE is a strategic tool of the University of Helsinki to nurture excellence and increase interactions in the area of life sciences. The HiLIFE Fellows program provides strategic competitive research support and integrates strengths across the life science campuses. HiLIFE Fellows represent outstanding life science area principal investigators at the University and will be instrumental in developing HiLIFE in its early days.

HiLIFE is now inviting applications for a three-year Fellow program from principal investigators or recent recruits of high international quality with proven recent scientific excellence. Fellows are granted with funding of 60 000 €/year, and the funding level is proportionate to affiliation share at the university. Up to 50 HiLIFE Fellows are nominated from three PI career stages: starter, consolidator, and advanced researcher.

Deadline for applications is April 23, 2017.
The funding is expected to initiate by June 2017.

  • are principal investigators at the University of Helsinki or recent (starting in 2017) principal investigator level recruitments  at the University of Helsinki.
  • have ongoing or granted external competitive funding with applicant as PI at a level of 50 000 € or more for 2017.
  • have at least one publication dated 2012 or later where the applicant is first, last or corresponding author, and that belongs to the top 10% (JIF percentile 90 or above) in a field/category (e.g. ecology) in Journal Citation Reports ( or to Publication Forum Level 3 (JuFo class 3,

Guide to obtain the average JIF percentile and the Publication Forum (JuFo) Level

Principal Investigators with life science (LS domain) ERC grants starting at 2017 at the University of Helsinki as well as those recruited from the 2016 HiLIFE Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Professor call are automatically part of the HiLIFE Fellows program starting 2017 and are not expected to apply.

HiLIFE Fellow funding is granted based on an international evaluation by panelists selected by the HiLIFE Board. Assessment is based on particularly recent scientific excellence, impact and ability/potential to attract external competitive funding demonstrated since 2012, and by future plans.

Applicants are evaluated in three career stages: i) 2-7 years; ii) 8-12 years; and iii) more than 12 years since the completion of doctorate by the call dead line to allow applicants to be compared with researchers at a similar career stage. Time from doctorate is considered with extensions as determined in the 2017 ERC Work Programme (eligibility criteria).

The applications are submitted in English online by April 23, 2017 by using the button on left.


In the online form the applicants are requested to provide

  1. short description of applicant’s expectations for the HiLIFE Fellow program and its added value for the applicant’s research (max 100 words),
  2. total amount of external competitive funding for 2017 and at least one link to funding decision, and
  3. five key publications since 2012 with the motivation for highlighting them (max 100 words), with average JIF percentile or Publication Forum Level for the qualifying publication.

Additionally, the following documents should be included as a single combined pdf file:

  1. list of not more than 20 selected publications, patents, invention disclosures, and/or other important research output since 2012,
  2. Curriculum vitae describing qualifications, achievements and grant support (max 2 pages), and
  3. research plan including dissemination of results (max 3 pages).

Adherence to English language and the page limits and order indicated above is required for the evaluation.

Director, Tomi Mäkelä, HiLIFE
Head of administration, Jonna Katajisto, HiLIFE