When applying for funding for a research post as Academy Research Fellow, you apply for funding for your own salary for up to five years. Academy Research Fellows work on research plans of a high scientific quality. Academy Research Fellows have built extensive research networks and the funding allows them to develop their skills of academic leadership and to establish themselves as independent researchers in the international scientific community.
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.
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 27 Sep 2008–30 Sep 2014), or up to 13 years, provided that 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).
Appendix 2 B of the September 2017 call text shows the previous success rates of applications for funding for research posts as Academy Research Fellow by research council.
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.
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 on the mobility requirement, please see Appendix 7 of the September 2017 call text.
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 2017 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 for research costs. This grant can cover research costs, international collaboration and mobility, and setting up a research team.
Separate decisions will be made on the funding for the salary and research costs of Academy Research Fellows in spring 2018. 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 Implementation). Read more on how the research councils grant funding for research costs in Appendix 2 C of the September 2017 call text. Guidelines are also available on our website under Research councils and from the call’s contact persons.
Research posts as Academy Research Fellow are filled for five years. The funding period is 1 September 2018–31 August 2023. 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
The European University Institute (EUI) can receive one Academy-funded Academy Research Fellow at a time to carry out research at the EUI for 1–2 years. Funding for this opportunity is applied for as part of the five-year research post as Academy Research Fellow. If you are interested in working at the EUI, please read about EUI research before applying and contact the Academy’s EUI contact person (see below) when drafting your application. You need not append a separate invitation from the EUI to your application.
In the September call, we will consider only one application per researcher for Academy Project funding (incl. a consortium subproject) or for funding for a research post as Academy Research Fellow or Postdoctoral Researcher. If you do submit more than one application for any of these funding opportunities, or apply for more than one type of such funding, 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 the Academy without delay. Academy Research Fellow funding is not granted to persons who hold tenured professorships or other 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.
If Academy Research Fellows are granted funding for setting up a research team, they can be granted simultaneous Academy Project funding only for compelling reasons. If those selected to a research post as Academy Research Fellow already have funding from other Academy funding schemes, the relevant research council will consider the need for additional funding based on the research plan.
Appendices to application
The required appendices are listed in Appendix 1 A of the September 2017 call text.
How to apply
The non-negotiable deadline for applications is 27 September 2017 at 16.15 local Finnish time. Draft 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).
Biosciences and Environment Research Unit:
- Science Adviser Harri Hautala, tel. +358 295 335 019
- Science Adviser Annika Raitala, tel. +358 295 335 097
- Senior Adviser Timo Kolu, tel. +358 295 335 044
Culture and Society Research Unit:
- Senior Science Adviser Päivi Messo, tel. +358 295 335 074
- Science Adviser Minna Söderqvist, tel. +358 295 335 100
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Unit:
- Science Adviser Jan Bäckman, tel. +358 295 335 010
- Science Adviser Anna Kalliomäki, tel. +358 295 335 035
Health Research Unit:
- Science Adviser Heikki Vilen, tel. +358 295 335 135
- Senior Science Adviser Aki Salo, tel. +358 295 335 104
Research at EUI (www.eui.eu):
- Science Adviser Päivi Pihlaja, tel. +358 295 335 016