Financing your studies


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The main funding instruments for doctoral students at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture are Doctoral Candidate Positions, individual grants and scholarships from e.g. foundations or position in a funded research group.

1. Salaried doctoral Candidate Position

Departments can offer a salaried position only to a minority of their doctoral candidates. The salaried doctoral candidate is expected to pursue her/his doctoral studies and to help tasks to be specified with the research group and/or the Head of the Department. The assignment is for maximum of three years. Open positions are announced on the Job postings website in Aalto Inside.

2. Individual Grants & Scholarships

One of the common ways to finance doctoral studies is individual grants and scholarships. They may fund individual research projects such as researcher mobility, conference costs and so on. Some grants and scholarship are also for longer periods to support full-time research work. Further information about criteria and purpose of the grant or scholarship are included to the public calls. Please check Grant Bulletin on Aalto Into and links on the left  website. You can find all Grants and Scholarships of Aalto University and links to Grant portals and information on Research Funding. Check also national research funding Aurora database.

Information on personal grants from foundations (Inside, Aaltologin required)

Foundations funding research in art, design and architecture (Inside, Aaltologin required)

3. School of Arts, Design and Architecture Sholarships

All attending degree students and staff of the School are eligible to apply these scholarships to cover e.g. conference attendance, exhibition costs or travel expenses. The application may refer to one study, research or work plan. Please notice that the scholarship is not meant to cover salary costs, rewards, daily allowances or living expenses.

More information: Aalto ARTS Scholarships (Into)

4. Research Projects

Doctoral candidates may fund their studies also by working in a research project closely connected to own research. The main funding agencies of these projects are the Academy of Finland, Tekes and EU (FP7). More information from the Aalto University Research and Innovation Services (Inside, Aalto login required).

5. Study Grant from State

The state study grants have limited eligible criteria. Further information at Into site Student Financial Aid.