Gunnar Bäcklund’s sextet outside Keltsu in Vaasa, 1967. Image: Rafael Olin. SLS/Rafael Olins Fotosamling

Scholarships and grants

Who can apply

Applications for scholarships and grants can be made by individuals and organisations.

When to apply

The application deadlines are in February and September, except for printing and translation grants and the scholarship for a stay at Drakamöllan, whose deadlines fall in April and October.

Applications in February

Doctoral students, PhD’s and associate professors (docent) can apply for a scholarship. 

Doctoral students should attach a certificate of enrolment for a doctoral degree. Doctors should attach a certificate of completion of their doctoral degree. A non-doctoral candidate can apply for a postdoctoral research grant if the statements of the preliminary reviewers are available. The statements should be attached to the application.

The research plan must relate to Swedish in Finland, either entirely or in the form of comparative research in which Swedish in Finland is an important part of the study. How the research relates to Swedish in Finland must be stated in the problem formulation or in the research questions. Studies concerning the Swedish period in Finnish history can be considered to fall within the scope of Swedish in Finland.

The SLS Scholarly Board determines annually for how many years a grant can be awarded. The duration can vary from one to four years and is stated in the application form.

Research results can be published in Swedish and other languages. There are no restrictions on the researcher’s nationality, language, or place of residence.

Scholarship amounts

Applicantper month (€)per year (€)
Doctoral student2,40028,800
Doctor2,80033,600
Associate professor (docent) or doctor at docent level3,40040,800

The amounts include the statutory pension and accident insurance (14% of the amount). The annual tax-free amount is €25,838.76 (2023). The grant recipient pays tax on the excess amount. The grant recipient commits to full-time research.

Research plan

A research plan is part of the application and consists of the following parts: background and research situation, goals and research questions, research methods and research material, expected results, publication and how the research relates to the Swedish language and the Swedish cultural heritage in Finland.

The research plan should not be appended to the application.

Open Access publishing

Doctoral students applying for a working grant can include in their application request for funds for open access publishing. SLS does not grant funds for publication in hybrid journals.

Curriculum Vitae

Mandatory for doctoral students and doctors applying for a scholarship.The curriculum vitae must follow the model from the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK.

List of Publications

Mandatory for doctoral students applying for a grant. The list of publications should be prepared according to the Research Council of Finland’s guidelines.

The funds are granted from: Ragnar, Ester, Rolf and Margareta Bergbom’s fund; Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer’s donation fund I; Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer’s donation fund II; Selma, Ingrid and Lars Wasastjerna’s fund; Hjördis and Arvid Standertskjöld’s Memorial Fund; Gösta Schybergson’s donation fund; The Founders’ fund (Stiftarnas fond); Karl Emil Tollander’s donation fund.

Individuals and organisations can apply for a grant or subsidy for histories of municipalities, villages, farms, associations and organisations, or to document the history of a family or individual. Funding is also available for popular science works in the humanities and social sciences. Grants and subsidies are only awarded for the remuneration or salary of writers and not for e.g., layout, printing, illustrations, exhibitions or films.

The amount of the grant cannot exceed EUR 2,800 per month without a well-justified reason.

The project plan is included in the application form and consists of the following parts: description of the project, connection to the Swedish language and the Swedish cultural heritage in Finland, preliminary outline, a short presentation of the writer(s), statement of objectives and target groups, and publication.

The curriculum vitae shall in selected parts follow the model from the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK.

The funds are granted from: Ragnar, Ester, Rolf and Margareta Bergbom’s fund; Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer’s donation fund I; Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer’s donation fund II; Selma, Ingrid and Lars Wasastjerna’s fund; Hjördis and Arvid Standertskjöld’s Memorial Fund; Gösta Schybergson’s donation fund; The Founders’ fund (Stiftarnas fond); Karl Emil Tollander’s donation fund.

Funding can be granted for scientific journals published in the Swedish language in Finland or for bilingual journals (Swedish and Finnish) in Finland. Support can also be given to journals in Nordic languages that are important publication channels for Finnish researchers. The journals must have a link to the humanities or social sciences.

The funds are granted from: Ragnar, Ester, Rolf and Margareta Bergbom’s fund; Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer’s donation fund I; Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer’s donation fund II; Selma, Ingrid and Lars Wasastjerna’s fund; Hjördis and Arvid Standertskjöld’s Memorial Fund; Gösta Schybergson’s donation fund; The Founders’ fund (Stiftarnas fond); Karl Emil Tollander’s donation fund.

Funding is available for the organisation of conferences and seminars. Only organisations can apply. The event must be related to the Swedish language in Finland.  

Funding is granted to cover the travel costs of speakers and their fees. In addition, funding may be granted for costs related to the organisation of the event itself (e.g. venue hire, conference assistants’ fees and marketing). However, grants are not available for catering during the seminar or for conference dinners. To be eligible for funding, applications must be accompanied by a detailed budget and a statement of the purpose of the conference.

The funds are granted from: Ragnar, Ester, Rolf and Margareta Bergbom’s fund; Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer’s donation fund I; Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer’s donation fund II; Selma, Ingrid and Lars Wasastjerna’s fund; Hjördis and Arvid Standertskjöld’s Memorial Fund; Gösta Schybergson’s donation fund; The Founders’ fund (Stiftarnas fond); Karl Emil Tollander’s donation fund.

Applications in September

Doctoral students, doctors and associate professors in theology, environmental management and technology, legal history, economics and statistics can apply for a working grant. 

Doctoral students attach a confirmation that they have been accepted for doctoral studies. Doctors attach a certificate of completion of the doctoral degree. A non-doctoral candidate can apply for a postdoctoral research grant if the statements of the preliminary reviewers are available. The statements are attached to the application. Grants for academic research are not awarded for less than six months.

In the fields of theology and environmental management and technology, researchers working in Finland can apply for a grant. The results can be published in Swedish and other languages.

In legal history, grants are awarded for research in Swedish on Swedish-Finnish law or any of its subfields, including Roman law, from a historical perspective, taking into account the special aspects of legal science. In economics and statistics, funding is granted to Swedish-speaking citizens of Finland who conduct scientific economic research or statistical research in the field of economics, including demography.

 

Scholarship amounts

Applicantper month (€)per year (€)
Doctoral student2,40028,800
Doctor2,80033,600
Associate professor (docent) or doctor at docent level3,40040,800

The amounts include the statutory pension and accident insurance (14% of the amount). The annual tax-free amount is €25,838.76 (2023). The grant recipient pays tax on the excess amount. The grant recipient commits to full-time research.

 

Research plan

A research plan is part of the application and consists of the following parts: background and research situation, goals and research questions, research methods and research material, expected results and publication.

The research plan should not be appended to the application.

 

Open Access publishing

Doctoral students applying for a working grant can include in their application request for funds for open access publishing. SLS does not grant funds for publication in hybrid journals.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Mandatory for doctoral students and doctors applying for a scholarship.The curriculum vitae must follow the model from the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK.

 

List of Publications

Mandatory for doctoral students applying for a grant. The list of publications should be prepared according to the Research Council of Finland’s guidelines.

 

Funding is provided by Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer’s Donation Fund II; Sten and Ebba Wasastjerna’s Fund for Legal History Research and the Lars and Ernst Krogius Brothers’ Research Fund.

Can be applied for popular science work concerning documentation and information in environmental management and technology.

The funds are granted from Ingrid, Margit and Henrik Höijer’s donation fund II.

Nordic languages

Travel grants for studies and research can be granted to students and young researchers in the field of Nordic languages at the University of Helsinki who wish to visit other Nordic universities, preferably Uppsala University, if the purpose of the trip is to study or research. The grant can be awarded to applicants whose mother tongue is Swedish or Finnish.

The funds are granted from Professor Carl-Eric Thors’ scholarship fund.

 

Medicine

For travel grants to successful Finland-Swedish medical students and candidates for supplementary studies or courses abroad.

The funds are granted from Carl-Johan von Troil’s memorial fund.

 

Marine technology and marine engineering

Grants are awarded to Swedish-speaking students in marine technology or marine engineering at university, other higher education institution, or college level for studies or practical training abroad.

The funds are granted from the Lennart Engström’s scholarship fund.

To musicians, researchers or organisations for:

  • Artistic activity or research that promotes Finnish musical life in the spirit of Fredrik Pacius.

  • Research and publication of works about Pacius.

  • Extensive performances of Pacius’ works.

     

The spirit of Fredrik Pacius refers to Pacius’ life’s work: his central role in professionalising Finnish musical life, opening it to the outside world and linking it to contemporary European musical culture, and introducing and establishing new forms and structures in concert, choral and opera activities and in music education.

Accordingly, support can be given both to new trends in musical life and to the preservation, exploration and dissemination of musical heritage. Activities may be cross-border, innovative, professional, knowledge-building and knowledge-spreading.

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

The funds are granted from the Fredrik Pacius memorial fund.

Survival of the Swedish language

To promote the survival of the Swedish language in Finland. Grants can be awarded to institutions or projects that support the Swedish language among bilinguals and increase understanding of Finland-Swedish endeavours in our society. Note: Grants are not awarded for a doctoral thesis or other scientific research.

The funds are granted from Bo Backström’s fund.

 

Composition, visual arts, painting, sculpture and graphics

Grants for professional musicians and artists who are Finnish citizens with a Swedish educational language.

The grant cannot exceed EUR 2,800 euro per month without a well-justified reason.

The application must include a description of the project and an account of the goals and target groups. A curriculum vitae is mandatory. 

Funds are granted from the Fund for Finnish Swedish Visual Artists and Composers.

 

Master’s thesis

Scholarships of EUR 2,000 are available for work on a master’s thesis dealing with culture in Finland, or Swedish 18th century or Swedish Romanticism.

Scholarships can be applied for by students at a university or other higher education institution in Finland who have had meritorious success in their studies.

Attach a certificate of academic achievement. In the application form, ask your supervisor for a statement. The supervisor must confirm in the statement that the applicant is working on a Master’s thesis on the topic indicated in the application.

Scholarship holders are not required to submit a report, but a link to the completed master’s thesis should be sent to forskning@sls.fi.

Funds are granted from Holger Frykenstedt’s scholarship fund.

 

Journalism (no application in 2024)

Publicists can apply for a grant for further studies or training.

Funds are granted from the Arvid Neovius Fund.

Do you have any questions?

Contact Grant Coordinator Kajsa Rytikoski
+358 44 332 2881
kajsa.rytikoski@sls.fi

Do you have questions about grants for music, visual arts, printing, translation or Drakamöllan?

Contact General Counsel
Jonas Lång
+358 45 657 7422
jonas.lang@sls.fi

How to apply

You can submit your application in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or English in the SLS electronic application system. When the application round is open, you can read the application form via the “Preview application form” function before you start filling in the application.

The applicant and the beneficiary of the grant must be the same person or organisation. When an organisation applies for funding, the organisation number (Business ID) is indicated in the applicant profile.

Do you need help? Contact us at forskning@sls.fi.

What happens to the application?

We notify all applicants by email. We do not justify or comment on positive or negative decisions.

Our Scholarly Board decides which scholarships and grants will be awarded, after consultation with committees and experts. For February calls, decisions are usually made in April and for September calls, usually in November.

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We have answered the most frequently asked questions about scholarships and grants on this page.

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