NSF Graduate Research Fellows – research opportunities in Finland

The Academy of Finland and Business Finland, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, invite NSF Graduate Research Fellows (GRF) to team up with leading Finnish research groups. Long-term investments in research and development have made Finland one of the most innovative and research-intensive countries in the world.

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Research groups

The Academy of Finland offers GRFs contacts with projects run by Academy-funded Centres of ExcellenceConsortiums funded by the Strategic Research Council, Academy Projects and teams led by Academy Professors or Academy Research Fellows.

Also other top research groups in Finland have expressed their interest in the possibility of hosting GRFs. Further information on these groups can be found on Business Finland's website.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the groups directly to start discussing the details of their possible research visits. Research visits of 3–12 months will be supported.

How to proceed?

After contacting a proposed Finnish host institution and preliminarily agreeing with the contact person on the details of the stay in Finland, the GRF should obtain a letter of invitation, including a tentative plan for the stay in Finland and a CV of the responsible professor/researcher at the host institution.

Instructions, the overall procedure and the schedule for submitting proposals for research stays in Finland can be found on the NSF website. The NSF's GROW call is launced in September - October. The Deadline for applications is early December.


The Finnish host institutions cover the GRFs’ living costs as well as costs related to the research to be conducted in Finland. The Academy of Finland has launched a supplementary grant that can be applied for by Finnish Centres of Excellence, Consortiums funded by the Strategic Research Council, Academy Projects, Academy Professors and Academy Research Fellows to cover the GRFs’ living costs and accommodation in Finland. The call is open in April and the decisions will be made by June. For more information about the call, please see Apply now.

As for possible IPR questions arising from the planned research stay, the parties should follow the guidelines defined in the Agreement Relating to Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Finland.

Academy's collaboration opportunities for GRFs

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