Academy of Finland and Council of Finnish Academies launch mentoring programme for researchers

27 Jun 2017

The Academy of Finland and the Council of Finnish Academies last week announced that they would launch a joint mentoring programme for researchers.

The programme is set to start in August 2017 and will target researchers who have received their first Academy Project funding from the Academy of Finland. It is aimed at supporting the personal growth and independent development of researchers. The mentors are experienced researchers chosen by the Finnish academies of science from among their members.

The mentoring programme is a new service for researchers who are heading their first extensive research project. The goal is to provide mentees with opportunities to hone and strengthen their skills and advance their careers under the guidance of more experienced researchers.

Riitta Maijala, Vice President for Research at the Academy of Finland, said: “This new mentoring programme is firmly based on the strengths of both organisations: the Academy of Finland’s proven ability to identify the most talented researchers through international peer review and the extensive experience of the members of the Finnish academies of science as regards research careers and the development and challenges they involve. By teaming up within the framework of this programme, we can do our very best to support researchers in their demanding work.”

Olavi Nevanlinna, Chair of the Council of Finnish Academies, said: “For the senior-level researchers acting as mentors, the programme offers an opportunity to get to know successful early-career researchers from a broad range of fields. Our aim is to give both mentors and mentees a chance to expand their networks and gain new insights into the work of a researcher.”

The Academy of Finland will contact eligible researchers personally. Applications for the mentoring programme are invited as of August 2017. The Council of Finnish Academies will be responsible for recruiting and training mentors, receiving applications and forming suitable mentor-mentee pairs.

The mentoring programme’s kick-off seminar will be held in late 2017. The programme will run through to the end of 2019 and will be evaluated upon completion.


  • Päivi Tikka, Secretary General, Council of Finnish Academies, tel. +358 295 335 214
  • Hannele Lahtinen, Senior Science Adviser, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 295 335 055

The Academy of Finland grants funding in open competition for scientific research and researcher training and to improve framework conditions for research.The Academy works in close consultation with other stakeholders in the Finnish research, education and innovation system.

The Council of Finnish Academies is a cooperative body for the four science academies in Finland.The Council represents the Finnish academies of science in international scientific organisations to improve framework conditions for research and promote the impact of science. The Council encourages early-career researchers to take an active role in the work of scientific organisations.

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