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Scholarship programmes

The Finnish National Agency for Education awards and administers scholarships for students, researchers and teachers. We don't however have any scholarship programmes or other financial assistance available for degree studies at bachelor’s or master’s level in Finland. Student scholarships are mainly intended for postgraduates who have completed a master’s degree.

Through our scholarship programmes, we support the internationalisation of teaching and research by forging links and encouraging academic mobility between institutions of higher education in Finland and abroad.

Some scholarships are available for applicants from all countries, while some have a specific target audience (restricted to applicants from certain countries, or to degree students of the Finnish language).

Each scholarship programme has its own eligibility criteria, application procedures and deadlines. A scholarship normally consists of a monthly allowance intended to cover living expenses in Finland for a single person. The amount of a scholarship varies according to the scholarship programme and academic qualification of the applicant. No additional expenses such as travel, housing, or insurance are covered.

Doctoral level scholarships for all academic fields:

Scholarships for advanced level Finnish studies and research:

Start-up finance for young PhD students and researchers

EDUFI scholarships are not full scholarships, for example, they can not be applied to cover a whole PhD. Rather, they are intended to work as start-up finance for young PhD students and researchers, who are yet to be invited to a Finnish university and who do not have a long post-Master’s research career behind them.

However, EDUFI scholarships are also applicable to those who have, for example, been accepted into a Doctoral degree programme, even though they can not cover the whole time it takes to complete a PhD.

The extent of the scholarship programmes varies from three (3) months to an academic year.

If you are granted an EDUFI scholarship, and your studies or research continue in Finland after your initial EDUFI scholarship period is over, you should plan ahead and also research into other funding possibilities. Please see the Other sources of funding section.

EDUFI scholarships and taxation

The EDUFI scholarships in themselves are tax-free, since the total maximum scholarship sum that can be granted to an individual applicant does not exceed the taxation limit for scholarships in Finland. However, if you receive other scholarships or other income simultaneously with an EDUFI scholarship, you may be liable to taxation. In all tax-related queries, please contact the Finnish tax administration at www.vero.fi.

Scholarships for Finnish students

EDUFI has an intermediary role in awarding scholarships to Finnish undergraduates and postgraduates for higher education study and research abroad. These include country-specific grants (Russian Government Scholarships). Please refer to the Finnish or Swedish language version of the www.cimo.fi website for details!