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Research grants

ÅAU research grants for 2021

Research Services annually announces doctoral and postdoctoral research grants. Grants will be awarded, provided that funds are granted by the Åbo Akademi University Foundation.

Due to the economic situation, this autumn (2020) there are no general ÅAU doctoral and postdoctoral research grants announced for the year 2021. However, doctoral research grants are annouced from specific scholarship funds that are listed below (b-f). Please read the application criteria carefully, so that you only apply for a grant that you are eligible for.

Published 16.11.2020: Doctoral research grants, granting decision

 

The electronic application form (opens August 28, 2020, at 09.00) should be filled out and submitted no later than on Monday, September 21, 2020, at 23.59.

The research plan is submitted as a separate pdf file. Please read the following instructions carefully:
Instructions for the research plan

Information about the evaluation process, evaluation criteria and decision process

Information about the processing of personal data in connection to the application

Granting decision will be published on this webpage in the middle of November.

 

I Grants for doctoral students

General criteria

Doctoral research grants can be applied for by

  • doctoral students at Åbo Akademi University, enrolled and registered as present within the application deadline
  • persons who, at the latest by September 15, 2020, have applied to doctoral studies at ÅAU (please see separate application procedure here). If the applicant is considered to be eligible for doctoral studies, the grant application can go forward in the evaluation process. In November, the grant can be awarded on condition that the applicant at that point is enrolled and registered as present as a doctoral student at ÅAU.

The grants are intended for full-time research (leave of absence required).

Grants are paid in monthly installments. The grant is 2000 €/month.  Max 12 month grants should be utilized during the year 2021.

If the research grant is partially used for research abroad, the sum per month is 50 % higher, providing that the doctoral student for the given time period leaves the country of permanent residence, which causes increased living costs (double rent, travel costs etc). Before the grant period begins, the stay abroad must be verified through a certificate or a Letter of Invitation from the host university.

The application should include

  • the estimated time (mm/year) for the public defense
  • a complete account of all previous funding received for the doctoral studies

a) ÅAU doctoral research grants (max 12 months)

No general ÅAU doctoral and postdoctoral research grants are announced for the year 2021.


b) Doctoral research grants from the H.W. Donner fund (max 48 months, part of which conditionally)

The H.W. Donner fund announces doctoral research grants for max 48 months. General criteria applies (please see above), as well as additional special criteria regarding eligibility:

  • In first-hand, the H.W. Donner research grants can be applied for by doctoral students within the doctoral programme for English language and literature (Faculty of Arts, Psyhology and Theology).
  • Doctoral students from other fields of Arts (Languages, Culture, History and Philosophy) can also apply for a H.W. Donner research grant, provided that they have a mobility plan which includes a research visit to England for a minimum length of six (6) months. In case the application is made on the basis of a mobility plan, a Letter of Invitation from the host university must be presented upon request.

Conditional grant: Provided that the Board of the Åbo Akademi University Foundation approves the proposal made by the Donner committee, the Donner doctoral grant can be awarded for a maximum of 48 months. After the first 12 grant months a yearly report to the Donner committee is required. Based on the report, the Donner committee evaluates whether or not the doctoral candidate is progressing according within schedule, which is a prerequisite of the grant period to continue.

As a rule, longer grant periods should begin April 1, 2021, at the latest, whereas shorter grants should be utilized during year 2021.


c) Doctoral research grants from the Julius Polin fund (max 48 months or max 6 months)

The Julius Polin grants are awarded to doctoral students within the field of Theology. These grants require knowledge of Swedish. For further information (in Swedish), please read here.


d) Doctoral research grants from the
Dagmar and Ferdinand Jacobsson fund (max 12 months)
e) Doctoral research grants from the Fabian Klingendahl fund (max 12 months)

The Jacobsson fund and the Klingendahl fund announces doctoral research grants for max 12 months. General criteria applies (please see above), as well as additional special criteria regarding eligibility:

  • The Jacobsson and Klingendahl research grants can be applied for by doctoral students within the doctoral programme for Business Administration (Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics).
  • grants are awarded for max 12 months, but shorter grants can also be awarded.

f) Doctoral research grants from the Runar Eriksson fund (max 12 months)

The Runar Eriksson grants are awarded to doctoral students from the Aland islands, who are studying within the field of Theology. These grants require knowledge of Swedish. For further information (in Swedish), please read here.


II Grants for postdoctoral researchers

a) ÅAU postdoctoral research grants (6-12 months)

No general ÅAU doctoral and postdoctoral research grants are announced for the year 2021.

 

More details about the research grants are given by research coordinator Johanna Hedenborg, Domkyrkotorget 3, 20500 Åbo, phone (02) 215 4793 e-mail:  johanna.hedenborg@abo.fi

Updated 16.11.2020