Finnish Government Scholarship Pool 2020/2021 for Doctoral level studies & research in Finland ( EUR 1500 monthly allowance)

Application Deadline: 15 February 2020

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 months

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:


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)
General Missions Dept tel. 27949107
Mohamed Afify mob. 01112686700
Fax Number: 02 – 27942327
Address: Tahrir Complex Building, 7th floor, Tahrir, Cairo


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)

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.

Further information about taxation:

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)

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool 2020



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