Grants

The purpose of the Foundation is to support and promote the research and other activities of the University and its Student Union.

The Foundation allocates 150 000 – 250 000 euro annually, mainly as grants for doctoral studies at the University of Oulu. The Foundation consists of 25 donor funds. Their proceeds are allocated to support research work in the scientific fields defined in the deeds of donation or testamentary dispositions.


Instructions on the application for grants awarded for Master’s Theses

  • A call for the application of all the grants awarded by the Scholarship Foundation is announced on the Scholarship Foundation’s web pages and on the University Intranet four times a year in March, May, September and December.
  • The applicant completes the grant application form and attach a brief description of the work and CV
  • The Secretary of the Scholarship Foundation (Hilkka Halonen) forwards the application to the faculty concerned, which will look for a suitable supervisor for the work.
  • The grants are paid when the Executive Committee of the Foundation has decided on the receivers of the grants.
  • The grants are paid as a lump sum.
  • The work supervisor monitors the progress of the thesis.
  • Download application form here
  • In order for a grant to be tax-free, the grant must be awarded without any form of required recompense and the application process must be public and open to all potential applicants, in addition to which the Executive Committee of the Foundation must be the party to decide on the recipient of the grant. If the company donating the grant has personally selected the recipient of the grant without an open and public application process and research work has begun before a decision has been made by the party awarding the grant i.e. the Executive Committee of the Foundation, the grant shall not be exempt of tax. This means that in the event of a tax audit, the student will be required to pay back taxes on tax prepayments retrospectively, and the party awarding the grant may be required to perform payment of employer contributions retrospectively with interest.

Instructions on the application for grants awarded for doctoral studies

  • A call for grant applications for doctoral studies is announced on the Scholarship Foundation’s web pages and on the University Intranet once a year around April.
  • The applicant completes the grant application form in the electronic grant management system.
  • The applicant requests a statement from the work supervisor in an electronic format through the grant system.
  • The grant applications are assessed and prioritised in the faculties concerned.
  • The grants are paid when the Executive Committee of the Foundation has decided on the receivers of the grants.
  • The grants are paid as a lump sum.
  • The grant recipient is obliged to report on the progress of the work through the electronic grant management system within one year from the date on which the grant was awarded.
  • Grant criteria as from 1 January 2014.
  • Click here to go to the grant management system.

Grant recipient’s pension insurance

Information on grant recipients’ pension insurance can be found at http://www.mela.fi/en/grant-and-scholarship-recipients.


Grant reporting

The grant recipient must report on the use of the grant to the Oulu University Scholarship Foundation within one year from the date on which the grant was awarded.

The form of the report is free. Receipts need not be attached to the report, but a statement is required on the total costs of the project that we support and on how the costs are covered. The focus should be on what has been achieved by means of the grant.

The report must be submitted via the electronic grant system.

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