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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.

The City of Helsinki research grants

The city awards a total of 73,000 euros annually as research grants. The grants are intended for post-graduate students with a Master’s or equivalent degree (working on doctoral or licentiate theses). Also junior post doc researchers are encouraged to apply.

Priority is given to research projects related to:

  • issues related to urbanisation and its effects,
  • urban economy and business conditions,
  • organisation and evaluation of services produced or procured by the city,
  • the living environment, welfare, history, everyday life and urban culture of Helsinki,
  • issues related to the economic and cultural dynamism and internationalisation of Helsinki.

Click on the links below to download the 2020 application forms. The application period is until 4 March, 2020, 12:00 noon. All applications must arrive by this deadline. Please consult the application form for further instructions.

Application form, English (doc)

Application form, English (pdf)

For further information, you can contact research director Katja Vilkama, tel. +358 (0)9 310 78396, e-mail:

The City of Helsinki Scientific Award

The Helsinki City 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.

The latest winners are:

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

Awards for undergraduate theses

Awards are granted to university students for exceptional undergraduate theses with subjects related to Helsinki. These awards are presented in December, and proposals for award candidates are accepted during the autumn academic term.

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