The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool grants are intended for doctoral level post-graduate studies and research in Finnish universities and public research centres.

The scholarship in a nutshell

Applicant: must have a Master’s degree

Nationality: restricted, please see Who can apply? (below)

Field: all disciplines

Purpose: work on a doctoral thesis or a research visit in Finland

Application deadline: once a year, different dates for different countries

Application submitted to: authorities in the applicant’s country of residence

Grant: 1,500 euros/month, payable to the applicant in full

Scholarship duration: 3–9 monthsB

Who can apply?

These scholarships are based on bilateral agreements between Finland and other countries. To apply for these, you need to be a national of one of the below countries:


Embassy of Finland website
Ms Katri Doup
12 Darwin Avenue 
Tel.: 02 6273 3800
E-mail: sanomat.can(at)formin.fi


China Scholarship Council website

1. Xinran LI (Mr)
Project Officer for Nordic Affairs
Division of European Affairs
China Scholarship Council (CSC)
Level 13, Building A3
No. 9 Chegongzhuang Avenue
Beijing 100044, P.R. China
Tel: 86-10-66093963
Fax: 86-10-66093929

2.Ye YANG (Ms)
Project Officer
Division of European Affairs
China Scholarship Council (CSC)
Level 13, Building A3
No. 9 Chegongzhuang Avenue
Beijing 100044, P.R. China
Tel: 86-10-66093574
Fax: 86-10-66093929


Ministry for Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation
Head of Division, Mrs. Dagmar González
Ave. 1ra. esquina 18 Miramar
Plaza de la Revolución, Habana City 
Tel. +537 202 64 44
Fax: +537 204 69 54 / 204 31 83
E-Mail: dagmar(at)minvec.cu 


Ministry of Higher Education
Cultural Affairs and Missions Sector
Director of the General Missions Dept., Ministry of Higher Education, Mr. Hisham Mohamed Mostafa 
Email: mohemission(at)gmail.com
General Missions Dept tel. 27949107
Mohamed Afify mob. 01112686700
Fax Number: 02 – 27942327
Address: Tahrir Complex Building, 7th floor, Tahrir, Cairo


Scholarship sector 
Cultural and Scientific Agreements Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
9 Rabin Ave.
P.O. Box 3013
Jerusalem 91035
E-mail: Scholarship(at)mfa.gov.il


The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
Information Centre for International Education 
2-2-1, Aomi, Koto-ku
Tokyo 135-8630
Tel. +81 3 5520 6111
Fax. +81 03 5520 6121


Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores
La Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AMEXCID)
Centro de Promoción y Difusión de Becas
Av. Juárez No. 20, Planta Baja, 
Col. Centro,
C.P. 06010, Ciudad de México
Tel. +52 55 3686 5274, +52 55 3686 5275 or +52 55 3686 5276
E-mail: infobecas(at)sre.gob.mx


Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports
14200 Baga toiruu 44
Zasgiin gazriin III bair
Sukhbaatar duureg
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Tel. (976-11) 26-24-80
Fax: (976-11) 32-31-58
E-mail: mecs(at)mecs.gov.mn


Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF)
P.O.Box 23053
Tel. 264 61 420636
Fax: 264 61 233940
Enquiries: Mr. Clint Simasiku
E-mail: clint_simasiku(at)yahoo.com


Embassy of Finland website
Mr. Gustavo Benza 
V.A. Belaúnde 147, Edificio Real Tres, Of. 502 
San Isidro, Lima 27
Tel.: 01 222 4466
E-mail: gustavo.benza(at)formin.fi

Republic of Korea

National Institute for International Education, Overseas Study Support Division

Education Supervisor, Seonghyeon Mun 
191 jeongjail-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, 13557, Rep of Korea 
Tel. +82 2 3668 1382 
E-mail: niied1382(at)korea.kr

Team Director, BoKyung Kim
191 jeongjail-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, 13557, Rep of Korea 
Tel. +82 2 3668 1366 
E-mail: july07(at)moe.go.kr


Ministry of National Education (MEB)
General Directorate for European Union and Foreign Relations MEB Beşevler Kampüsü C Blok
E-mail: abdigm_uab(at)meb.gov.tr


Embassy of Finland website
vul. Strileletska 14
01901 Kyiv
Tel. :+380 44 278 7551 / 278 7049
Fax: +380 44 278 2032
E-mail: info(at)finemb.kiev.ua


Mailing address for applications:
The Finnish National Agency for Education /
Ms. Päivi Jokinen
P.O. Box 380, 
FI-00531 Helsinki, Finland

You can also contact ANII for information about scholarships:

National Research and Innovation Agency (ANII)
Ms. Verónica Suárez
Cooperation Unit
E-mail: cooperacion(at)anii.org.uy
Phone: (+598) 2 600 44 11


Please refer to the Fulbright Online website for details & the application form!

See Finland’s country page on the Fulbright website

You can also contact Fulbright Center Finland for advice: www.fulbright.fi/en

To apply for the scholarship, you also need to meet the following criteria:

  • You have been pre-approved to carry out research relating to a doctoral level thesis or been invited as a doctoral student in a Finnish university or a public research centre.
  • You have a letter of invitation from a supervisor in a Finnish university or a research centre, stating that this host is committed to working with you.
  • You have not already studied or worked in a Finnish university for more than a year immediately before the planned start of the scholarship period.
  • You can demonstrate your proficiency in English with an official language test (IELTS, TOEFL) and can attach a certificate for this in your application form. Alternatively, it is confirmed in the invitation letter from the university that they regard your language skills sufficient for research and studies in a university in Finland.

Size of the grant and duration

The scholarship grant can be awarded for 3 to 9 months. It is 1,500 euros/month and is paid to the applicant in full. It is enough to cover the living costs of only one person in Finland.

The scholarship period cannot be extended, so any additional funding needed must be acquired from other sources.

Travel expenses to Finland and within Finland will not be covered. The scholarship holder must also pay for the insurance and visa costs themselves.

The scholarship of the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) is tax-free because the amount does not exceed the tax-free grant amounts allowed in Finland. If you have been awarded other grants or have other income at the same time, this may exceed the tax-free limit.

Annual application deadline

The application deadline is once a year. The call for applications is sent to each participating country during September, calling for scholarship applications for the academic year starting in the autumn of the following year.

You submit your application to the scholarship authorities in your own country by the national application deadline set by them. You can find the contact information for the national authorities at Countries and authorities.

After a pre-selection, the authorities in your country will put forward a maximum of 10 applications to EDUFI at the latest by 15 February or the nearest weekday to this date.

Application form

The academic year in Finnish universities starts in late August or at the beginning of September and finishes at the end of May. Please check the dates when you are contacting universities.

You can present a later start date than September for your scholarship period in your application form, as long as the period starts during the academic year that you are applying a grant for.

The application form comes with instructions on how to fill it and a list of required annexes.

US citizens: you can find the application form and instructions on the “Fulbright-EDUFI Fellowship” page on the Fulbright Online website. 

Other nationals of the participating countries: More information available soon.

Please submit your application to the national scholarship authority in your country: Countries and authorities. 

Attachments Application form (doc, 76.5 KB)

Selection of scholarship holders

The final selection of scholarship holders is made at EDUFI. We will inform all applicants whose applications were put forward to us by national authorities by email during June.

We also publish a list of the selected scholarship holders on our website.

If you have not received the acceptance letter from EDUFI during June, please let us know by email

Scholarships awarded for the academic year 2020-2021

The list of scholarship holders will be published in June 2020.


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