Scholarships 2021

The Donner Institute announces scholarships for doctoral students to be applied for the year 2021. Also grants to cover research expenses are announced. The application period is 1–28.2 2021. The electronic application form opens on 1 February at 9.00 and closes on 28 February at 16.00 (Finnish time UTC+02:00).

Application Categories

Scholarships for Doctoral Students

The research grants are awarded to doctoral students primarily working in Åbo and Uppsala, with priority given to doctoral students registered at Åbo Akademi University or Uppsala University. The scholarships are awarded only to registered and active doctoral candidates, whose research focuses primarily on the fields of comparative religion, philosophy of religion or cultural studies to the extent that they pertain to research questions relating to religion in a broad sense. In selecting the recipients of the scholarships, the Donner Institute takes into account the will of the donors. According to the testamentary instruction, the purpose of the Donner fund is to advance the research on the history of religion and culture “on strictly scientific grounds”, primarily with a focus on mysticism and esotericism, but also by considering contemporary phenomena within the fields of religion, philosophy, science, art and literature.

One scholarship is granted for a period of 12 months and four scholarships for six months, following the scholarship rate implemented by Åbo Akademi University (2,000 euros per month in 2021). Scholarships can either be raised for full-time or half-time research. At least half of the scholarship amount should be claimed during the calendar year 2021.

Research Expenses

The Donner Institute also announces funds to cover costs that arise in connection with research work, such as costs for material collection, fieldwork, interviews and transcripts, implementation of surveys, infrastructure necessary for research, software and licensing costs, travel in connection with material collection, etc. The sum announced for application amounts to 5,000 euros total and the aim is to distribute it over several motivated applications.

As with the scholarships for doctoral students, priority is given to applicants from Åbo Akademi University and Uppsala University with a thematic focus in line with the Institute’s task and the donors’ will, as described above, but funds for research costs can be applied for by researchers at all stages of the research career.

Evaluation Criteria and Process

The following criteria are taken into account in the evaluation of the applications: research idea, scientific quality, feasibility of the project, relevance in society as well as its connection to the purpose and aims of the Institute. The Donner Institute does not grant scholarships to the same applicant two years in a row: a person, who has been granted a scholarship in 2020 is eligible to apply again in 2022.

The applications are evaluated by the board of the Institute. Decisions on scholarships are taken at the board meeting in April 2021.

The receivers of the scholarships undertake to submit a report of the scholarship period to the board of the Institute within February 2022. Furthermore, receivers shall submit a short presentation of their research to be published at the Institute’s website. DI supports open science, and therefore grantees are asked to write a short news article about their research to be published in the online research portal Katsomukset (in Swedish or Finnish) or at the Institute’s website.

To apply

Scholarships for Doctoral Students

The applicant should fill in the electronic application form and, as attachments, submit (1) a research plan and (2) a certificate of attendance (Finland) or valid individual study plan (Sweden/other Nordic countries). A letter of reference from the applicant’s supervisor should be sent directly to the director of the institute.

The research plan (max 10 000 characters including blank spaces) should include exactly the following subheadings:

  • Research problem
  • Scientific background
  • Theoretical perspective
  • Research methods and materials
  • Ethical issues
  • Schedule & budget
  • Research environment, mobility and international networks

If the applicant has completed her/his primary education in Swedish or Finnish, the application and the appendices should be written in Swedish. Otherwise, the English application form may be used.

A link to the electronic application form will open on 1 February 2021.

Research Expenses

The applicant should fill in the electronic application form and, as attachments, submit (1) a research plan and (2) a budget that clearly justifies the sum applied for. If the applicant is a doctoral student, a letter of reference from the applicant’s supervisor should be sent directly to the director of the institute.

If the applicant has completed her/his primary education in Swedish or Finnish, the application and the appendices should be written in Swedish. Otherwise, the English application form may be used.

A link to the electronic application form will open on 1 February 2021.

For further information concerning the handling of personal data at Åbo Akademi University Foundation, see: http://stiftelsenabo.fi/privacy-policy-statement/. Read about the register of scholarship holders here.

For further information about the application process, please contact the Director Ruth Illman, rillman@abo.fi, tel: + 358-50-517 5917.