Grant and Funding Application Instructions

Individuals and organisations can apply for grants and research funding. Applications are to be submitted using the SLS online application system.

SLS is not a general philanthropic fund and it does not grant funding for the general activities of associations, for example.

The applicant is to be one and the same as the person/organisation awarded the grant. When the applicant is an organisation, the organisation’s account number and FO number must be stated.

Applications may be written in English, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish.

Please note that no changes can be made to applications once they have been submitted.

Recommendations for the awarding of grants and research funding are made by SLS scholarly committees, the Research Committee or by specially appointed grant committees. Award decisions are made by the SLS Scholarly Board, normally in April and November.

SLS does not justify or provide comments on either positive or negative decisions.

 

Academic research

You can apply for a personal research grant if you hold a master’s degree and are continuing your studies towards a licentiate or a doctoral degree, or if you have completed your PhD and intend to undertake post-doctoral research. SLS does not award grants to professors with permanent posts. The same applies to senior lecturers whose post provides opportunities for research. However, professors and all senior lecturers can be awarded personal travel grants and grants for materials and external services.

SLS does not award grants for work towards a master’s thesis.

Doctoral students cannot apply for a grant for postdoctoral research until the preliminary reviewer’s statement has been made.

Those applying for a personal research grant from SLS can be awarded funding for a workroom at a university or university college. (For more information, see below Workroom at a University.)

Grants for longer visits to universities, higher education institutions or research institutes abroad can be applied for from the Council of Finnish Foundations’ Post Doc Pool of which SLS is a member. For more information, visit the Council of Finnish Foundations’ Post Doc Pool.

The size of personal research grants are as follows and can be applied for for a maximum period of one year:
Applicant per month (€) per year (€)
Doctoral student 2,200 26,400
Post-doctoral researcher 2,600 31,200
PhD at Associate Professor level or higher 3,200 38,400

 

 
These sums include statutory pension and accident insurance (14 per cent of each sum). The annual tax-free threshold is EUR 20,461.72 (2018). The grant holder pays tax on the amount in excess of this figure. The grant holder undertakes to carry out the research on a full-time basis.

Doctoral students and PhD holders can indicate on the application form whether they request a workroom at or close to a university. Scholars who are awarded a grant from SLS and who stated in their application that they need a workroom are awarded an extra 7 per cent of the grant sum as compensation for the cost of the workroom. NB! Before applying for this, please check with the university whether a charge is made for a workroom.

The grant including the extra amount will be paid out once the scholar has entered an agreement with the university regarding the workroom and the signed agreement has been submitted to SLS. After that, the university will send an invoice to the scholar. If no agreement is entered, the extra amount will not be paid out to the scholar.

The university enters an agreement with the scholar with the following preconditions:

  • If the SLS grantee is registered as a doctoral student at the university, an agreement will always be entered.
  • If the SLS grantee is a PhD holder, an agreement will be entered if the host body (the faculty or the department) where the research is to be conducted is able to do so.
  • The grant awarded must be for at least four months of fulltime work.

The university will provide the same standard of basic conditions for the scholar that are provided for university employees with similar work tasks. These conditions include a suitable workroom and laboratory premises, data communication, mail and printer services, and access to library and information services (if permitted by licencing rules). The scope of these services will be the same as those provided by the university to its employees.

The services will not necessarily include providing a computer or telephone, corporate healthcare, or other social benefits given to the university’s employees.

The workroom provided may be for shared use, implying that several grantees and other scholars will be working in the same room.

The plan must not exceed 10,000 characters and must not contain any tables, diagrams, pictures, lists of references or bibliography. These must be appended to the electronic application as attachments in PDF format.
Mandatory for doctoral students and PhD holders applying for grants. The curriculum vitae must comply with the ethical principles of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity, see the Model curriculum vitae for researchers.
Mandatory for PhD holders applying for a grant. The list of publications is to be drawn up in accordance with the Academy of Finland’s instructions, see List of Publications.

Please do not send attachments separately. Do not append your research plan or project plan as an attachment since these are to be included in the application form itself. Please note that they will not be taken into consideration if they are appended as attachments. Do not attach any documents stated in your curriculum vitae and list of publications such as academic records, master’s thesis, etc.

 

History and documentation

Individuals and organisations can apply for a grant or funding for creating historical accounts of, for example, municipalities, villages, farms, associations and organisations, or for documenting the history of a family or of a certain individual, or for documentation and information in the fields of environmental management and technology.

A personal grant cannot exceed EUR 2,400 per month unless a well-motivated reason is provided.

The plan must not exceed 10,000 characters and must not contain any tables, diagrams, pictures, list of references or bibliography. These must be appended to the electronic application as attachments in PDF format.
Mandatory for the person or persons writing the account or documentation. Selected parts must comply with the ethical principles of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity, see the Model curriculum vitae for researchers.

Please do not send attachments separately. Do not append your research plan or project plan as an attachment since these are to be included in the application form itself. Please note that they will not be taken into consideration if they are appended as attachments. Do not attach any documents stated in your curriculum vitae, for example, academic records, master’s thesis etc.

 

Continuance of the Swedish Language

Organisations and projects can apply for funding. It is not possible for individuals to apply for funding. Research projects cannot be awarded a grant.

The plan must not exceed 10,000 characters.
Do not submit attachments separately. Do not append the project plan as an attachment since it is to be included in the application itself. Please note that they will not be taken into consideration if they are appended as attachments.

 

Visual Art and Musical Setting

Grants and funding will only be awarded to professional artists and musicians or organisations. Research projects cannot be awarded a grant.

A personal grant cannot exceed EUR 2,400 per month unless a well-motivated reason is provided.

The plan must not exceed 10,000 characters The plan must include a description of the actual project, a short presentation of the person(s) doing the actual work, and a description of the objectives and target groups. The plan must not include any tables, diagrams, pictures, list of references or bibliography. These must be appended to the electronic application as attachments in PDF format.
Mandatory for the individual submitting the application and selected parts must comply with the ethical principles of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity, see the Model curriculum vitae for researchers.

Please do not send attachments separately. Do not append your research plan or project plan as an attachment since these are to be included in the application form itself. Please note that they will not be taken into consideration if they are appended as attachments. Do not attach any documents stated in your curriculum vitae.

 

Travel grants, materials costs, external services, printing grants and conferences/seminars

A travel grant can be awarded to scholars for travel to conferences or to gather research materials. Funding for conferences will only be awarded if the scholar is giving a lecture or actively participating in the conference programme in some other way (for example, with a poster). A travel grant can be awarded to scholars working with history or documentation if required for the collection of materials.

Funding for materials and external services can be awarded to scholars, individuals and organisations for history or documentation. The acquisition of materials and the external service in question must be directly related to the scholar’s work in progress.

Printing grants are awarded for the printing of books or articles or for publication in digital form.

Funding for conferences is awarded for the organising of conferences. The conference must be of relevance for the Swedish-speaking population in Finland.

A brief plan showing how the grant will be used must be submitted. and must not contain any tables, diagrams, pictures, list of references or bibliography. These must be appended to the electronic application as attachments in PDF format.
A curriculum vitae is mandatory for scholars and for applicants requesting funding for history and documentation. The curriculum vitae must comply with the ethical principles of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity, see the Model curriculum vitae for researchers.