When you apply for funding for a research post as Academy Research
Fellow you apply for funding for your own salary for a maximum of five years.
A post as Academy Research Fellow will provide you with a good and diverse opportunity to work independently on your research and to contribute to developing the research in your field. As an Academy Research Fellow, you are encouraged to engage in international research collaboration and mobility across international and sectoral borders, for example, so that you will work part of the term abroad. Foreign researchers who already work or who will work in the Finnish scientific community may also apply for the funding.
The duties of Academy Research Fellows include (without separate compensation) supervision of thesis and dissertation writers in their own field and teaching associated with their research, covering 5% of annual working hours.
The funding towards the salary of an Academy Research Fellow is determined according to a monthly salary of 5,000 euros. We will also allocate funding for indirect employee costs (28%) and overheads (14.29%, i.e. the funding includes an overheads share of 12.5%).
On the initiative of the researcher concerned, the Academy Research Fellow salary funding may be integrated during the funding period with salary funding received from other sources. The same applies if the researcher is part of the university’s tenure track system. In the September 2018 call, however, applicants apply for the full amount of salary funding.
For research costs
Recipients of funding for research posts as Academy Research Fellow can – having received the decision on their salary funding – submit a separate application to the relevant research council for a grant to cover research costs. The funding is granted to cover research costs, costs of international collaboration and mobility and costs of setting up a research team.
Separate decisions will be made on the funding for the salary and the research costs of Academy Research Fellows in spring 2019. Those selected to a post will be requested to separately submit an application and a detailed funding plan for research costs.
However, you must also append a tentative funding plan for research costs to your application as part of the research plan (under Funding plan). More information on the research councils’ practices concerning research costs is available in Appendix 1 C of the September 2018 call text.
Research posts as Academy Research Fellow are filled for five years. The funding period is 1 September 2019–31 August 2024. The period can be changed only for special reasons (see Who is eligible to apply?). A person can be granted Academy Research Fellow funding only once.
Research at EUI
Those applying for Academy Research Fellow funding can also apply to do research at the European University Institute (EUI) as part of the Academy Research Fellow term. The EUI can receive one Academy-funded Academy Research Fellow at a time to carry out research at the EUI for 1–2 years. You need not append a separate invitation from the EUI to your application or contact the EUI. However, please read about EUI research before applying and contact the Academy’s EUI contact person (see below) when drafting your application.
In the September call, we will consider only one application per researcher if the application concerns Academy Project funding (incl. a consortium subproject), Academy Research Fellow funding, Postdoctoral Researcher funding or clinical researcher funding. If you do submit more than one application for any of these funding opportunities, or apply for funding from more than one of them, we will only review the first application to arrive. Applications that are not reviewed will not be eligible for funding.
If you are appointed to a professorship for an indefinite term while your application is being processed, please notify us without delay. Academy Research Fellow funding is not granted to persons who hold tenured professorships or other corresponding senior-level research posts at research organisations.
The Academy Research Fellow’s site of research is an organisation based in Finland through which the funding is channelled and paid. During the funding period, the Academy Research Fellow may work abroad for periods of varying durations, for example at foreign universities.
Researcher who have received Academy funding for a research post as Postdoctoral Researcher cannot be granted Academy Research Fellow funding until the end of the Postdoctoral Researcher funding period.
The research councils’ principles and criteria concerning Academy Research Fellow research costs and their applications for Academy Project applications, for instance, are available on our website. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the principles of the research council to which you will submit your application.
Parts of the application
- curriculum vitae
- data management plan
- Finnish degree certificate or English-language degree certificate of a doctoral degree obtained abroad; please do not append any transcripts of records
- invitation by foreign university or research institute, if the research or part of it will be conducted abroad; please do not append any letters of recommendation
- statement by ethics committee or committee on animal experimentation
- progress report on all Academy-funded projects headed by the applicant that have not submitted final reports
The technical instructions concerning the application will be supplemented in August so that they are ready when the call opens on 10 September. You can use the previously published guidelines to help you prepare your application before the call opens. Please check the updated guidelines on our website before filling in your application.
How to apply
The non-negotiable deadline for applications is 1 October 2018 at 16.15 local Finnish time. Fill in the application in the Academy’s online services. Select Open calls > Funding for research post as Academy Research Fellow.
The additional cost model (14.29%, i.e. the funding includes an overheads share of 12.5%) is applied to the overheads in the applications for salary funding.
The full cost model is applied to the applications for research cost funding (the Academy’s contribution to funding comes to no more than 70% of the estimated total research costs).
Successful applicants will have been engaged in successful scientific publication and collaboration since gaining their doctoral degree.
The applicant is a researcher with 3–9 years of experience since PhD completion (degree certificate issued 1 Oct 2009–1 Oct 2015), or up to 13 years, if they have since completed medical specialist training.
Applicants who have completed their doctoral degree more than nine years ago can be considered only for special reasons (maternity, paternity, parental or childcare leave, military service or nonmilitary service, or long-term illness). If you plead these special reasons, justify them in the application under Personal data/CV > Degrees > Additional information. If the reasons are strictly confidential, please contact the presenting official (see Contacts).
Mobility since PhD completion is required.The ‘mobility requirement’ is met if you apply for funding for a research post to a research environment other than the one in which you worked while completing your doctoral thesis. The funding will be paid via a site of research in Finland.
If you are applying for funding to the same research environment, you will be required to provide proof that you have worked abroad or somewhere else in Finland for at least six months after completing your PhD. For more detailed guidelines, please see Appendix 6 of the September 2018 call text.
Appendix 1 B of the September 2018 call text shows the previous success rates of applications for Academy Research Fellow funding, by research council.