Call for proposals

The Aleksanteri Institute welcomes applications for its visiting fellowships for the academic year 2022-2023. The Aleksanteri Institute is the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European studies, affiliated with the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki.



The Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellowship

  • Is intended for scholars who carry out research in a field relevant to the Aleksanteri Institute’s multidisciplinary research profile on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, and whose place of residence is outside Finland. Applicants can be at any career stage but must hold a PhD degree. The degree must be granted by 13 February 2022.
  • Carries a monthly grant of 3400 € to cover all expenses related to the stay in Helsinki (e.g., accommodation, travel, insurance, visa).
  • Is intended for a period of two to three consecutive months between 1 August 2022 and 30 June 2023. The last possible starting date for the fellowship is 2 May 2023. A two-month visit cannot start in December 2022.
  • Involves a research stay at the Aleksanteri Institute, during which Visiting Fellows are expected to be present at the Aleksanteri Institute and to participate in its scholarly activities.
  • Provides an excellent opportunity to conduct research and to benefit from interaction with the Russian and Eastern European studies community in Finland. Each Visiting Fellow will have academic hosts who facilitate integration into the local academic scene.
  • Provides Visiting Fellows with office space and IT facilities, as well as use of the Institute’s in-house library and other University of Helsinki libraries, including e-libraries and the Slavonic Library.
  • Visiting Fellows will present their research at the Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows Research Seminar series and can give presentations elsewhere at the University of Helsinki and at other Finnish universities and research centres.
  • Grant-holders are required to have an excellent command of English.
  • Submissions must be made by 13 February 2022 (by 23:59 UTC +2:00).
  • Consist of an electronic application form and materials submitted as an attachment to the electronic form (in a single PDF document).
  • Must be written in English.
  • Incomplete applications cannot be considered for selection.

Complete the electronic application form at:

The form is open from Monday 17 January until Sunday 13 February 2022 23:59 Finnish time (UTC +2:00). Late applications cannot be considered for evaluation.

Upload the following material to the electronic application form as a single PDF file:
(1) A cover letter of no more than one page that (a) states the purpose of the research stay, (b) describes how the fellowship would benefit the research of the applicant, and (c) describes how the applicant would contribute to the Aleksanteri Institute’s research agenda.
(2) A research proposal of no more than 2,500 words (excluding references) that must include your name, the title of your research proposal, and all the following sub-headings: 

  1. Background, objectives, and research question(s)
  2. Research methods and research materials
  3. Work plan for the visit
    Instructions: In the work plan for the proposed visit, specify which part of the research you intend to carry out during the research visit. This should also include information on the specific type of work you are planning to do (for example, working on an article or a book manuscript, analysing data, collecting material, using library or archival sources).
  4. Links of the proposed research with the Aleksanteri Institute’s research profile
  5. References (Works cited in sections 1. and 2.)   

At the end of the research proposal, please indicate the word count (max. 2,500 words, excluding references).

(3) The applicant’s CV (max. 2 pages).
(4) A list of relevant publications by the applicant (max. 2 pages).

For all the above documents, please use font size 11 or 12. All page margins should be at least 1.5 cm.

Academic excellence: The quality of the research proposal, feasibility of the work plan for the visit, and scholarly merits of the applicant in relation to the applicant’s career stage.
Potential for a mutually beneficial research visit: The relevance of the applicant’s research to the research profile of the Aleksanteri Institute, prospects for collaboration, and potential benefit of the visit for the applicant.

These criteria are combined with our aim to invite a diverse cohort of fellows in terms of research topics, disciplines, and countries of study.

The selection of the Visiting Fellows for the academic year 2022-2023 will be concluded by 19 April 2022 and their names will be published on the Institute’s website. We expect to invite up to nine Visiting Fellows, most of whom for two-month fellowships. All applicants will be personally notified of the result, but we are not able to provide feedback on individual applications. The applications will each be evaluated by two experts.


The fellowship is a grant, not a salary, and is not subject to Finnish taxation. Grant recipients should check any potential taxation considerations related to the receipt of this grant in their home country. Because Visiting Fellows are not staff members of the University of Helsinki, they are not covered by the university’s insurance or occupational health care. Fellows are therefore expected to arrange for their own medical and travel insurance and to provide proof of a valid insurance policy when beginning their fellowship term.

Visiting Fellows will have workspace assigned in the Aleksanteri Institute premises on the City Centre campus, near the University Main Library and the National Library. Please note that we are able to host at most three Visiting Fellows at one time and our capacity to change the timings of visits from their initial schedules is therefore limited. Should there be pandemic-related restrictions to international travel, or to our capacity to receive international visitors, we hope to be able to re-schedule the visits.;

Visiting Fellows can book accommodation in the Unihome’s Töölö Towers location, with 178 studios and apartments of different sizes, suitable for single occupants as well as for families. The Töölö Towers has furnished accommodation in centrally located neighbourhood, within walking distance of the Aleksanteri Institute and within easy reach by public transport. Monthly rents with university guest discount for studios and apartments for single occupancy range from c. 1050 € to c. 1650 €. The rent includes breakfast, weekly cleaning, and Wi-Fi. Visiting Fellows can also look for other accommodation options, but the Aleksanteri Institute is not able to assist with housing search.

We wish to continue working with our previous Visiting Fellows who want to further develop research cooperation with colleagues in Finland, and we welcome resubmissions to the Visiting Fellows Programme by its alumni.