Grants and scholarships

Researchers working with the support of grant or scholarship funding are not considered to have an employment relationship with the university or research institute. They are not, therefore, eligible for many of the benefits of employment, but they are also exempt from many obligations.

The statutory pension and occupational accident insurance for grant/scholarship recipients is administered by the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution Mela. The income that serves as the basis of the insurance determines all of the benefits provided by the insurance, and it may also affect allowance benefits paid by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela).

It is possible to join a trade union during the grant/scholarship work period, but not the unemployment fund. Membership in the fund requires that one be employed in a salaried position when applying for membership. If one is already a member of the fund, however, there is no requirement to resign from the fund at the start of a grant/scholarship work period.

Grant/scholarship funds are not included in the calculation of one’s earnings-based social security.  The minimum employment history condition entitling one to earnings-based daily allowance is not accrued during the grant/scholarship work period, but the work period does extend the review period for the employment history condition.

Grant/scholarship fund received for work other than studies or thesis work is included as income when determining the sum of day-care fees. All grant/scholarship funds received are included as income when determining the sums for housing benefits and subsistence support.

Researchers who are working abroad on the support of grant/scholarship funding from Finland can, under certain conditions, be included in the sphere of the Finnish social security system, and should not, upon leaving the country, resign their membership from the unemployment fund.

The amount of the grant/scholarship funds received from a foundation, university or other private institution may exceed the limit for tax-exempt grant funding.

A minor amount of salaried work can be performed during the grant/scholarship work period.

Researchers carrying out their post-graduate studies with the support of grant/scholarship funding may be entitled to financial aid for students.

Further information about the position, social security and taxation of those working with the support of grant/scholarship funding is available from the Grand Information for Researchers published by the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers.

Grant Information for Researchers 2014 (pdf) (302.3 KB)

The statutory pension and occupational accident insurance for grant/scholarship recipients is administered by the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution Mela.

The Aurora funding database for art, science and culture contains information about approximately 800 Finnish and foreign funding organisations.