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EDUFI scholarships

The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) offers a number of scholarship programmes for Doctoral level studies and research at Finnish universities. They are targeted at all academic fields.

There are also separate scholarships for advanced-level degree students of the Finnish language.

Under each above-mentioned section you will find out more about each programme, the eligibility requirements, the application procedure, whom to contact, etc.

Start-up finance for young PhD students and researchers

EDUFI scholarships are not full scholarships, for example, they can not be applied to cover a whole PhD. Rather, they are intended to work as start-up finance for young PhD students and researchers, who are yet to be invited to a Finnish university and who do not have a long post-Master’s research career behind them.

However, EDUFI scholarships are also applicable to those who have, for example, been accepted into a Doctoral degree programme, even though they can not cover the whole time it takes to complete a PhD.

The extent of the scholarship programmes varies from three (3) months to an academic year.

If you are granted an EDUFI scholarship, and your studies or research continue in Finland after your initial EDUFI scholarship period is over, you should plan ahead and also research into other funding possibilities. Please see the Other sources of funding section.

Scholarships for advanced-level students of the Finnish language

The Finnish National Agency for Education offers scholarships for those foreign students who are studying Finnish at advanced degree level in foreign universities. These scholarships are not applicable to beginner's level Finnish language studies. Links to the relevant scholarship pages are provided in the list above.

EDUFI scholarships and taxation

The EDUFI scholarships in themselves are tax-free, since the total maximum scholarship sum that can be granted to an individual applicant does not exceed the taxation limit for scholarships in Finland. However, if you receive other scholarships or other income simultaneously with an EDUFI scholarship, you may be liable to taxation. In all tax-related queries, please contact the Finnish tax administration at