Grant & Funding Application

Private individuals and organisations can apply for grants and research funding from SLS. The application windows are in February and September.

You can apply for grants for

  • academic research
  • history and documentation
  • scholarly journals
  • continuance of the Swedish language
  • music and visual arts
  • travel grants, materials and external services
  • printing
  • conferences/seminars.

We support academic work and popular science studies in certain subject areas.

For more information, contact Research Administrator Kajsa Rytikoski (xnwfn.elgvxbfxv@fyf.svif.sls@iksokityr.asjak , +358 9 618 771 19). 

  • February application window.

    Literary Studies

    • For scholarly works or popular non-fiction works in literary studies. The research topic must be related to the Swedish language and/or Swedish cultural heritage in Finland. The research results may be published in Swedish and other languages. There are no restrictions on the researcher’s nationality.  
    • For the publication of literary studies journals in Swedish or bilingual journals (Swedish and Finnish).
    • For organising major academic conferences.
    • For travel abroad to lecture at conferences or to gather research material.
    • For the acquisition of materials and the cost of external services.

    Funding is awarded from the Ragnar, Ester, Rolf and Margareta Bergbom Fund (Ragnar, Ester, Rolf och Margareta Bergboms fond), the Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer Donation Fund I (Ingrid, Margit och Henrik Höijers donationsfond I), and the Selma, Ingrid and Lars Wasastjerna Fund (Selma, Ingrid och Lars Wasastjernas fond).

    History of Literature

    • For a completed work on the history of literature, written following in-depth archival study, or for the preparatory work for such an endeavour.

    Funding is awarded from the Hjördis and Arvid Standertskjöld Memorial Fund (Hjördis och Arvid Standertskjölds minnesfond).

    Social Sciences

    • For scholarly works or popular non-fiction works that deal with the structure and social conditions of the Swedish-speaking population in Finland and their position within Finnish society. The research topic must be related to the Swedish language and/or Swedish cultural heritage in Finland. The results may be published in Swedish and other languages. There are no restrictions on the researcher’s nationality.
    • For publishing social science journals in Swedish or bilingual journals (Swedish and Finnish).
    • For organising major academic conferences.
    • For travel abroad to lecture at conferences or to gather research material.
    • For the acquisition of materials and the cost of external services.

    Funding is awarded from the Ragnar, Ester, Rolf and Margareta Bergbom Fund (Ragnar, Ester, Rolf och Margareta Bergboms fond), the Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer Donation Fund I (Ingrid, Margit och Henrik Höijers donationsfond I), and the Selma, Ingrid and Lars Wasastjerna Fund (Selma, Ingrid och Lars Wasastjernas fond).
     

    Journalism

    • For journalists for further studies or further training.
    • For PhD students studying media research and journalism.

    Funding is granted from the Arvid Neovius Fund (Arvid Neovius fond).

    Swedish Language

    • For individuals and organisations conducting research in or documenting an issue concerning the Swedish language in Finland. The results may be published in Swedish and other languages. There are no restrictions on the researcher’s nationality. 
    • For publishing linguistic journals in Swedish or bilingual journals (Swedish and Finnish).
    • For organising major academic conferences.
    • For travel abroad to lecture at conferences or to gather research material.
    • For the acquisition of materials and the cost of external services.

    Funding is awarded from the Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer Donation Fund II (Ingrid, Margit och Henrik Höijers donationsfond II).

    Travel grants in the field of Scandinavian languages

    • For travel grants for students and young researchers in the field of Scandinavian languages wishing to visit other universities in the Nordic region, in particular Uppsala University, if the purpose of the trip is studies or research. Grants can be awarded to applicants whose mother tongue is either Swedish or Finnish and who are registered at the University of Helsinki.

    Funding is awarded from the Professor Carl-Eric Thor Scholarship Fund (Professor Carl-Eric Thors stipendiefond).

    Naval Architecture

    • For Swedish-speaking students studying naval architecture at university level in Finland for studies or work experience abroad.

    Funding is awarded from the Lennart Engström Scholarship Fund (Lennart Engströms stipendiefond).

    Medicine

    • Travel grants for successful, Finland-Swedish medical students and graduates for supplementary studies or training courses abroad.

    Funding is awarded from the Carl-Johan von Troil Memorial Fund (Carl-Johan von Troils minnesfond).

  • September application window

    History

    • For scholarly works and popular non-fiction works and for documentation in the fields of history and cultural history. Individuals and organisations conducting research in or documenting an issue concerning Swedish cultural heritage in Finland (including research concerning the history of the period of Swedish rule in Finland). The results may be published in Swedish and other languages. There are no restrictions on the scholar’s nationality, language or place of residence. 
    • For publishing historical journals in Swedish or bilingual journals (Swedish and Finnish).
    • For organising major academic conferences.
    • For travel abroad to lecture at conferences or to gather research material.
    • For the acquisition of materials and the cost of external services.

    Funding is awarded from the Ragnar, Ester, Rolf and Margareta Bergbom Fund (Ragnar, Ester, Rolf och Margareta Bergboms fond), the Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer Donation Fund II (Ingrid, Margit och Henrik Höijers donationsfond II), and the Gösta Schybergson Donation Fund (Gösta Schybergsons donationsfond).

    Genealogy and biography

    • For a completed work in genealogy, based on reliable source material, or to fund the preparatory work for such an endeavour.
    • For a well-written biography of a prominent individual in the cultural sphere.

    Funding is awarded from the Hjördis and Arvid Standertskjöld Memorial Fund (Hjördis och Arvid Standertskjölds minnesfond). 

    Ethnology and folklore

    • For scholarly or popular non-fiction works in ethnology and folklore studies, concerning the Swedish-speaking population in Finland and Swedish culture in Finland. The research results may be published in Swedish and other languages. There are no restrictions on the researcher’s nationality, language or place of residence. 
    • For publishing journals in ethnology and folklore studies in Swedish or bilingual journals (Swedish and Finnish).
    • For organising major academic conferences.
    • For travel abroad to lecture at conferences or to gather research material.
    • For the acquisition of materials and the cost of external services.

    Funding is awarded from the Ragnar, Ester, Rolf and Margareta Bergbom Fund (Ragnar, Ester, Rolf och Margareta Bergboms fond), the Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer Donation Fund I (Ingrid, Margit och Henrik Höijers donationsfond I), and the Selma, Ingrid and Lars Wasastjerna Fund (Selma, Ingrid och Lars Wasastjernas fond).

    Cultural History

    • For scholarly or popular non-fiction works in cultural history, primarily concerning the Swedish-speaking population in Finland and Swedish culture in Finland. The research results may be published in Swedish and other languages. There are no restrictions on the researcher’s nationality, language or place of residence. 
    • For publishing journals in cultural history in Swedish or bilingual journals (Swedish and Finnish).
    • For organising major academic conferences.
    • For travel abroad to lecture at conferences or to gather research material.
    • For the acquisition of materials and the cost of external services.

    Funding is awarded from the Ragnar, Ester, Rolf and Margareta Bergbom Fund (Ragnar, Ester, Rolf och Margareta Bergboms fond).

    Theology

    • For research in theology for researchers or organisations active in Finland. The results may be published in Swedish and other languages.
    • For travel abroad to lecture at conferences or to gather research material.

    Funding is awarded from the Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer Donation Fund II (Ingrid, Margit och Henrik Höijers donationsfond II).

    Church History

    • For individuals and organisations conducting research in or documenting church history concerning Swedish cultural heritage in Finland. The results can be published in Swedish or other languages. There are no restrictions on the researcher’s nationality, language or place of residence. 
    • For travel abroad to lecture at conferences or to gather research material.

    Funding is awarded from the Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer Donation Fund II (Ingrid, Margit och Henrik Höijers donationsfond II).

    Environmental Management and Technology

    • For research and publications in environmental management and technology, including research in and the development of wind power. Grants may be awarded to researchers or organisations who are active in Finland. The results may be published in Swedish and other languages.
    • For travel abroad to lecture at conferences or to gather research material.

    Funding is awarded from the Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer Donation Fund II (Ingrid, Margit och Henrik Höijers donationsfond II).

    Economics and Statistics

    • For Swedish-speaking Finnish citizens conducting scholarly research in economics or statistical research in the field of economics, including demography.

    Funding is awarded from the Bröderna Lars och Ernst Krogius Research Fund (Bröderna Lars och Ernst Krogius forskningsfond).

    Continuance of the Swedish Language

    • To promote the continuance of the Swedish language in Finland. Funding can be granted to institutions or projects that support the Swedish language among bilinguals and increase understanding of Finland-Swedish cultural aspirations in Finnish society.

    Funding is awarded from the Bo Backström Fund (Bo Backströms fond).

    Music and Musicology

    • For research into and publishing works about Fredrik Pacius and large-scale performances of Pacius’ work and other activities in the spirit of Pacius. Individuals and organisations may apply. 

    There are no restrictions on the nationality, language or place of residence of the applicant.

    Funding is awarded from the Fredrik Pacius Memorial Fund (Fredrik Pacius minnesfond).

    Composition

    • To promote the art of composition carried out in Finland by Finnish citizens with Swedish cultural expression.

    Funding is awarded from Fonden för Finlands Svenska Bildkonstnärer och Tonsättare.

    Visual Arts

    • To promote visual art, painting, sculpture and graphics produced in Finland by Finnish citizens with Swedish cultural expression.

    Funding is awarded from Fonden för Finlands Svenska Bildkonstnärer och Tonsättare.

    Legal History

    • For legal history research in Swedish concerning Swedish-Finnish law or any of its sub-areas, including Roman law, conducted from a historical perspective and considering particular aspects of jurisprudence.

    Funding is awarded from the Sten and Ebba Wasastjerna Fund for legal history research (Sten och Ebba Wasastjernas fond för rättshistorisk forskning).

    Printing grants

    • For printing scholarly and popular non-fiction works written in Swedish.
    • For fiction and biography written in Swedish and ready to be published in printed or digital form.

    Funding is awarded from the Christian and Constance Westermarck Fund (Christian och Constance Westermarcks fond) and the Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer Donation Fund I (Ingrid, Margit och Henrik Höijers donationsfond II).

How to apply

Submit your application at ansokan.sls.fi while the application window is open.

Please read the instructions

The award process

We notify by e-mail everyone who has applied for a grant and/or funding of the decision made.

SLS’ scholarly committees, Research Committee or specially appointed grant committees examine applications and shortlist applications for approval. SLS’ Scholarly Board makes the final decisions on the grants and funding to be awarded, usually in April and November.

SLS does not justify or comment on decisions.