Apply for Postdoc Pool grants

(15 Dec 2010)

The "Foundations' Post Doc Pool" (Säätiöiden post doc -pooli) has opened another application round for grants from 15 December 2010 to 14 January 2011. Grants awarded by the Pool are intended for postdoctoral research abroad. The round’s results will be published in March 2011.

Set up by Finnish foundations, the Pool aims to make Finnish research more international by offering young scholars flexible funding from one source that covers all expenses of a research period abroad.

The Pool opens two calls for applications each year and awards some 20–40 postdoctoral grants in each call. After the Pool’s first two application rounds in 2010, the Pool’s foundations awarded a total of 2.5 million euros to 61 postdoctoral researchers. The autumn 2011 call for applications will open on 15 August and run to 15 September 2011.

The grant sums are determined flexibly according to the researcher's needs. The Pool's grants are intended to cover all expenses of the researcher and his or her family during a research period abroad. An actual working grant may also be included in the sum. The research period must last at least one academic year. Grants may also be awarded for longer periods.

The Post Doc Pool was set up for a three-year trial period (2010–2012) by the following foundations: Emil Aaltonen Foundation, Helsingin Sanomat Foundation, Kone Foundation, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion, and Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation. Each year, the foundations allocate 2.5 million euros to the Pool.

More information on the Pool and the call for applications is available on the Pool’s website at, and by email from and from coordinator Mikko-Olavi Seppälä, tel. +358 400 868 006.

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