Student financial aid and grants for bachelor’s and master’s students

  • There are grants available to bachelor’s and master’s students wishing to undertake exchange studies or internships abroad. The criteria for awarding of the grants and guidelines for applying can be found in the Internationalisation section.
  • Grants and stipends are awarded from the Tampere University Foundation’s donor funds. A list of the funds, their funding priorities, and application periods and guidelines can be found on the Foundation’s website.
  • A range of different associations, organisations and municipalities award stipends and grants for those studying at university level. Grants can either be intended for all students or aimed at students studying within a specific subject area, those from a specific location, or those at a specific stage in their studies (e.g. those writing their master’s thesis). The majority of the sources of grants provide details of their grants only in Finnish, but the grants are also available to applicants from other countries who are studying in Finland. Information about these grants is generally published on the University’s intranet.

Funding for doctoral studies

Grants

The AURORA database contains information about sources of funding for sciences, arts and culture.

The Centre for International Mobility, CIMO’s grants programmes

Academy of Finland grants

Finnish Cultural Foundation grants

The City of Tampere Science Fund. Unfortunately, the website is only available in Finnish. Please consult your faculty for help with your application.

The Researchers' Residence at the University Consortium of Seinäjoki (opportunity to apply for a working space)

Salaried positions within the faculties

Faculties can provide doctoral students with salaried positions. Available positions are advertised along with the University of Tampere’s job vacancies. Each faculty decides on application periods and the number of positions separately.

Travel grants for doctoral students

Doctoral students can be awarded travel grants to attend academic conferences or participate in courses held abroad.

Travel grants, which can be applied for from the Tampere University Foundation (€700/applicant/calendar year), are intended for postgraduate students at the University of Tampere who are partaking in an international conference and presenting at the conference.

Each faculty has its own awarding criteria and application instructions, which you can find below.

Faculty of Communication Sciences

Faculty of Communication Sciences doctoral students can apply for travel grants up to a maximum of €1,000/year.

This procedure aims at guaranteeing one conference trip paid from the Faculty’s basic funding in 2017 for all of the Faculty’s doctoral students who do not have project funding, provided that they have an active role in the conference. Furthermore, the latest update of the study and supervision plan of the doctoral students may be a maximum of one year old. Here, the term ‘doctoral student’ refers to a person who has the right to complete a scientific or artistic postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Communication Sciences.

The advance approval must be sought well in advance, at a minimum one week prior to the trip.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

1. Advance approval for trips = travel plan in M2 (students with an employment relationship with the Faculty)

  • Submit a travel plan in M2 at the latest one week prior to the trip.

Fields to be filled in on the M2 plan:

  • Destination: city
  • Travel type: 1 for domestic trips, 5 for international trips
  • Method of payment: this field may be left empty
  • Free meals: this field may be left empty
  • Travel financing: relevant cost pool
  • Description: purpose and objectives of the trip, the student’s active role
  • Start time, End time: travel dates and times
  • Appendix: for trips lasting more than one night, the travel plan or invitation must be appended

 

2. Advance approval for trips using the e-form (faculty doctoral students who are not employed by the Faculty)

  • Fill in and submit the e-form at least one week prior to the trip, link to the form: https://elomake3.uta.fi/lomakkeet/18418/lomake.html
  • When you have received advance approval, fill in the travel grant payment request

More information:

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Laatikainen Elisa Study Secretary

Faculties of Communication Sciences and Natural Sciences:
- study register and degree certificates in licentiate and doctoral degrees
- other tasks related to doctoral education
UTA Doctoral School:
- Doctoral School's communications and coordination of the doctoral admission
Elisa.Laatikainen@uta.fi PINNI B1052 050 318 6823

Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education awards conference grants to postgraduate students. The purpose of the grants is to enable the students to present their research findings at peer-reviewed academic conferences. On application, a postgraduate student is eligible to receive a single grant for participating in an academic conference.

Before applying for the grant, the doctoral student must confirm with his/her supervisor(s) that the conference has sufficient scientific significance and that the conference presentation supports the student’s publication plan. The conference organisers must have approved at least one abstract before the student submits the conference grant application. In addition to this, the applicant must have completed at least 30 credits’ worth of postgraduate studies.

Conference grants are applied for with this form (rtf).

More information about conference grants is available from:

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Lehtisalo Anneli Research Coordinator Anneli.Lehtisalo@uta.fi VIRTA 507 050 437 7233
Kalmanlehto Sari HR Secretary Sari.Kalmanlehto@uta.fi VIRTA 205 040 190 1477

Faculty of Management

Doctoral students of the Faculty of Management can be granted travel grants/reimbursements for costs for participation in academic conferences. Grants/reimbursements can be awarded to active doctoral students at the Faculty of Management, who are giving an accepted presentation at a conference. The purpose of the grants is to cover travel costs, reasonable accommodation costs, and conference fees.

Grants are personal and of a maximum amount of €2,000/student/year. Full travel grants/reimbursements of costs can be granted a maximum of twice during the course of a student’s doctoral studies.

 Doctoral students who are not in an employment relationship with the University can be granted reimbursements as a travel grant, whilst those employed by the Faculty can use the reimbursement procedure.

The application period is continuous. A free-form application should be submitted by email to Administrative Secretary Mirja Björk.

The grant application must include:

  • applicant’s name
  • major subject
  • travel grant amount being applied for
  • overall costs for the trip (cost breakdown)
  • the conference for which the grant is being applied (please attach confirmation of acceptance into the conference)
  • whether any grants are being sought from other sources for the same purpose
  • grounds for needing the grant.

 

Further information:

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Björk Mirja Administrative Secretary Mirja.Bjork@uta.fi PINNI A2034 040 190 9782

Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences

Travel grant practices for the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences will be confirmed in autumn 2017.

Faculty of Natural Sciences

The dean of the Faculty can grant doctoral students of the Faculty of Natural Sciences travel grants for participation in academic conferences. Travel grants can be applied for by doctoral students registered with the University of Tampere, who have been granted the right to postgraduate studies on the Faculty of Natural Sciences’ Doctoral programme in Information and Systems. Grant recipients must not be employees of the University of Tampere at the same time. The process for doctoral students with an employment relationship with the Faculty is otherwise the same, but travel reimbursements are not paid as a grant, and instead should be applied for using the M2 travel management system.

Grants are personal and the maximum amount is €1,500/student, which can be granted only once per year. The travel grant amount is dependent on the destination. Grants are intended for travel costs, reasonable accommodation costs, and conference fees.

The application period is continuous. A free-form application must be submitted by email at the latest two months prior to the start of the conference, to Study Secretary Elisa Laatikainen.

The application must include the following details:

  • major subject
  • a description of the planned trip, including purpose, destination, dates and the conference’s Publication Forum classification
  • significance of the trip from a research or study perspective
  • assessment of the costs and potential grants from other sources.

A statement from the supervisor must be appended to the application, detailing the progress of the applicant’s dissertation.

Grant recipients will be informed of the decision personally, and grants will be paid prior to the start of the conference. For grants, receipts for travel costs do not need to be submitted to the Faculty. Receipts must be submitted for travel cost reimbursements claimed through the M2 travel management system.

If the trip for which the grant was awarded is cancelled or the purpose or timing of the trip changes, the recipient must inform Study Secretary Elisa Laatikainen and return the grant.

The conference proceedings must be added to SoleCRIS for the Faculty’s benefit. Grant recipients should submit details of the proceedings, as well as a 1–2 page travel report by email to Elisa Laatikainen.

Further information:

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Laatikainen Elisa Study Secretary

Faculties of Communication Sciences and Natural Sciences:
- study register and degree certificates in licentiate and doctoral degrees
- other tasks related to doctoral education
UTA Doctoral School:
- Doctoral School's communications and coordination of the doctoral admission
Elisa.Laatikainen@uta.fi PINNI B1052 050 318 6823

Faculty of Social Sciences

Travel grant practices for the Faculty of Social Sciences will be confirmed in autumn 2017.

More information:

Dissertation proofreading grants

Some faculties also award proofreading grants in instances where the dissertation is written in a foreign language (does not apply to students of Doctoral Programme in Language Studies). You can find more information about the awarding of proofreading grants below.

Faculty of Communication Sciences

Doctoral students may also apply for basic funding for dissertation proofreading costs. The maximum amount granted in financial support for proofreading costs is €1,000, or a maximum of half the total cost of the proofreading for students studying under Cotutelle agreements. Here, the term ‘doctoral student’ refers to a person who has the right to complete a scientific or artistic postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Communication Sciences.

Fill in and submit the e-form at least one week prior to the date of purchase, link to the form: https://elomake3.uta.fi/lomakkeet/18418/lomake.html

Further information:

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Laatikainen Elisa Study Secretary

Faculties of Communication Sciences and Natural Sciences:
- study register and degree certificates in licentiate and doctoral degrees
- other tasks related to doctoral education
UTA Doctoral School:
- Doctoral School's communications and coordination of the doctoral admission
Elisa.Laatikainen@uta.fi PINNI B1052 050 318 6823

Faculty of Natural Sciences

The Faculty’s dean may grant doctoral students of the Faculty of Natural Sciences financial support for dissertation proofreading and printing costs, as well as refreshments costs for the public defence of the dissertation. The maximum grant amount is €2,000/dissertation. For printing costs, the candidate must have applied for any other grants available for this purpose, such as a grant from the City of Tampere Science Fund, for which the application period is generally November–December. More detailed instructions are available from Administrative Secretary Elisa Laatikainen.

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Laatikainen Elisa Study Secretary

Faculties of Communication Sciences and Natural Sciences:
- study register and degree certificates in licentiate and doctoral degrees
- other tasks related to doctoral education
UTA Doctoral School:
- Doctoral School's communications and coordination of the doctoral admission
Elisa.Laatikainen@uta.fi PINNI B1052 050 318 6823

 

Dissertation printing grants

The City of Tampere Science Fund may grant financial support of up to €440 for printing a dissertation. More details are provided on the website of the Science Fund. Unfortunately, the website is only available in Finnish. Please consult your faculty for help with your application.

Some faculties also provide financial aid for dissertation printing costs.

Faculty of Natural Sciences

The Faculty’s dean may grant doctoral students of the Faculty of Natural Sciences financial support for dissertation proofreading and printing costs, as well as refreshments costs for the public defence of the dissertation. The maximum grant amount is €2,000/dissertation. For printing costs, the candidate must have applied for any other grants available for this purpose, such as a grant from the City of Tampere Science Fund, for which the application period is generally November–December. More detailed instructions are available from Administrative Secretary Elisa Laatikainen.

Name Task E-mail Room Phone
Laatikainen Elisa Study Secretary

Faculties of Communication Sciences and Natural Sciences:
- study register and degree certificates in licentiate and doctoral degrees
- other tasks related to doctoral education
UTA Doctoral School:
- Doctoral School's communications and coordination of the doctoral admission
Elisa.Laatikainen@uta.fi PINNI B1052 050 318 6823

Open University

Open University students are not entitled to the same financial or social benefits as degree students.

If you are a jobseeker your independent study can be supported by unemployment benefit.
Please contact your TE Office as early as possible when you start to plan your studies.