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Grants and awards

The City of Helsinki grants three types of annual monetary awards related to science or intended for academic studies: research grants, the Scientific Award and awards for academic theses.

City of Helsinki Research Grants

The City of Helsinki Research Grants are intended for post-graduate students with a Master’s or equivalent degree, working on doctoral or licentiate theses.  Junior post doc researchers are also encouraged to apply.

The criteria for awarding the grant are the scientific quality of the research plan, its feasibility and the significance of the research topic for the City of Helsinki.

Grants may be awarded for research focusing on:

  • issues related to urbanisation and its effects,
  • City economy and preconditions for business operations,
  • organisation and evaluation of services produced or ordered by the city,
  • living environment, well-being, history and urban life in Helsinki, or
  • issues related to economic and cultural dynamism and internationalisation in Helsinki
  • The city´s recovery from the social, economic and/or health crisis (how to turn the crisis into opportunity).

Please click here for the recipients of the 2022 research grants. The next call for proposals for the City of Helsinki Research Grants will be in 2023. 

For further information, contact research director Katja Vilkama, tel. 050-4028 766

Awards for undergraduate theses

City of Helsinki thesis awards 2022 – Recommendations can be submitted until 14 October

The City of Helsinki grants thesis awards each year to the authors of exemplary academic theses that explore Helsinki-related themes. The award can be granted to authors of relevant theses completed towards a master’s degree or equivalent during the 2021–2022 academic year. There are no restrictions on the theses’ subject matter or scientific discipline. Each year, the city seeks to award theses that represent a wide variety of fields.

A total of EUR 4,000 is divided among the selected recipients of the award. Between 4–10 theses are granted a share of the total each year in December.

We kindly request that universities, faculties and departments recommend theses they feel are deserving of the award. Please attach the following material to the recommendation:

- abstract page of the thesis in question
- link to the electronic publication of the thesis, if available
- information on the grade awarded to the thesis and the associated evaluation
- author’s contact information (phone number, postal address and email)
- name of the thesis supervisor

Please submit the recommendations by 14 October 2022 to the following address:

City of Helsinki
City Register Office
Thesis awards c/o Karoliina Lauriala
P.O. Box 10


Questions about the awards can be directed to Research Director Katja Vilkama at
tel. +358 9 31078396 and Planning Secretary Karoliina Lauriala at tel. +358 9 31037542,
email: firstname.lastname(at)

The City of Helsinki Scientific Award

The City of Helsinki Scientific Award for 2022 has been presented to Professor Katariina Salmela-Aro
The Scientific Award is granted as recognition for important scientific work carried out in Helsinki or by an academic with a background in Helsinki. The Scientific Award is EUR 10,000, and it is awarded in May/June.

Previous recipients:
2021 - Associate professor Saana Svärd
2020 - Professor Satu Mustjoki
2019  - Professor Terhi Ainiala
2018 - Academician Markku Kulmala 
2017 - Professor Katri Räikkönen-Talvitie
2016 - Professor Aarno Palotie 
2015 - Professor Maarit Karppinen
2014 - Professor Markku Kivinen
2013 - Professor Hannes Lohi
2012 - Professor Susann Vihma
2011 - Professor Matti Pohjola
2010 - Professor Antti Kupiainen

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