Kone Foundation Fellowship

Since 2004, the Kone Foundation has been funding a visiting scholar programme targeting Baltic, Belorussian, Ukrainian and Russian scholars. The fellowship program has resulted in lasting research cooperation and friendships between Kone Foundation Fellows and Finnish researchers. This cooperation has extended far beyond the walls of the Collegium to include departments from the University of Helsinki, other Finnish universities and EU funding programs.

The Kone Foundation Fellowships are invitational and, therefore, scholars cannot apply directly themselves. Each year the Helsinki Collegium solicits suggestions for fellowship recipients from the University of Helsinki and other Finnish universities and institutions, as well as Helsinki Collegium alumni, including the Kone Foundation alumni. There are no quotas for the different countries or disciplines, but suggestions targeting young scholars are especially encouraged.

Spring 2021:

  • Airi-Alina Allaste: Youth political participation via social media
  • Maria Pupynina: Multilingual areas in North Asia: Reconstructing interethnic communication patterns of traditional communities
  • Thomas-Andreas Põder: The Dynamics and Varieties of Religion in Semiosphere

Fall 2020:

  • Dmitry Dubrovsky: HISTORY ON TRIAL: Russian memorial laws and counter-extremism litigation
  • Kirsti Jõesalu: Remembering and staging communism at (East) European museums: the case of Estonian history and cultural museums in comparative approach
  • Liia Rebane: 16th Century Bookbindings of the National Library of Finland
  • Gustavs Strenga: How to speak with Russians? A language of diplomatic gift-exchange between Livonians, Hanseatics and Muscovites during the late 15th and 16th centuries
  • Margit Sutrop: Trust in artificial intelligence. A Philosophical Analysis

Spring 2020:

  • Alexander Sergunin: Corporate social and environmental responsibilities of energy companies: the case of Russia's Arctic
  • Margit Sutrop: Trust in artificial intelligence. A Philosophical Analysis


  • Elena Cirkovic, 1.9.-31.12.2019: Space, Ice, Artificial Intelligence, and the Final Frontiers of International Laws Universality: the Cosmolegal
  • Anastasia Eseleva, 1.1.-15.6.2019: The Passivization of the English Verb HAVE from Old to Present-Day English: a corpus-based study
  • Evgeny Kazartsev, 1.1.-15.6.2019: Iambic Verse in the Early Modern European Poetry
  • Dmytro Khutkyy, 1.1.-15.6.2019: Global Development Agenda: Aspirations of Multilateral Organisations and Citizens
  • Eneken Laanes, 1.9.-31.12.2019: Translating Memories: The Eastern European Past in the Global Arena
  • Kaarel Piirimäe, 1.1.-15.6.2019: The New European Order and the Baltic "Litmus Test":  Existential fears, ideas on security and Estonian-Russian relations in the 1990s


  • Darius Daukšas, 1.9.-31.12.2018: Transnationalism, Deterritorialization and Citizenship: The Case of Central and Northern Europe
  • Äli Leijen, 1.9.-31.12.2018: Interventions for supporting teachers' professional development
  • Elo-Hanna Seljamaa, 1.9.-31.12.2018: Everyday practices of dealing with ethnic and linguistic differences in contemporary Estonia
  • Meril Ümarik, 1.1.-15.6.2018: Learning and work transitions of new immigrants
  • Birgit Poopuu, 1.1.-15.6.2018: Acting is Everything: The European Union and the Process of Becoming a Peacebuilder
  • Jekaterina Vlasova, 1.1.-15.6.2018: Advanced Russian of L2 Learners and Bilinguals in Finland: A Corpus-driven Analysis of Grammatical Errors and Semantic Mismatches


  • Kadri Aavik, 16.1.-12.6.2017: Understanding masculinities in the neoliberal university
  • Igors Gubenko, 1.9.2017-31.12.2017: The philosophical critique of the concept of man in contemporary critical theory
  • Elena Ermolaeva, 1.9.2017-31.12.2017: Ancient Greek epic parody
  • Alexei Kouprianov, 16.1.-12.5.2017: University of Helsinki before 1917 vs. other Universities of the Russian Empire, a Digital Study in Historical Dynamics
  • Siarhei Liubimau, 16.1.-12.6.2017: Vocation and urbanity: Transmission of family professional assets in formerly mono-functional towns
  • Kersti Lust, 1.9.2017-31.12.2017: Class and kinship in nineteenth century rural Estonia
  • Maria Pirogovskaia, Cultural Modelling of Disgust in the Late Russian Empire


  • Deniss Hanovs, 1.9.-31.12.2016: Postcolonial Discourses on Minorities Inclusion in Latvia
  • Katrin Kello,18.1.-15.5.2016: Representations of the Soviet era in Estonian and Latvian School Textbooks
  • Kadri Koreinik,18.1.-15.5.2016: Language Political Discourses and Minority Language Maintenance
  • Ene Kõresaar, 1.9.-31.12.2016: Postmemory and Individual Agency
  • Ivan Sablin, 1.9.-31.12.2016: North Asian Literatures between the Second and the Fourth World
  • Elena Trubina, 1.9.-31.12.2016: Mega-events, Nationalist Emotions, and Multiscalar Urban Neoliberalism
  • Anita Vaivade, 18.1.-15.5.2016: Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Baltic Sea Region: Legal and Policy Measures 


  • Dimitri Bratkin, 19.1.-12.6.2015: Oral History, Memory Studies and the Early Christian Tradition: Acts, Papias, and Hegesippus
  • Lyubov Bugaeva, 1.9.-31.12.2015: Embodied Narratives in Film and Performance
  • Vladimir Feshchenko, 1.9.-31.12.2015: Russian and Anglo-American Avant-Garde: writings on art, poetry, and artistic activism
  • Ilya Kalinin, 1.9.-31.12.2015: Cultural Politics in Contemporary Russia 
  • Danila Raskov, 19.1.-15.5.2015: Economic Culture of Russian Old Believers 
  • Maaris Raudsepp, 19.1.-15.5.2015: Determinants of Inclusive Intergroup Context (Comparison of Estonia, Finland and Norway)
  • Triin Vihalemm, 19.1.-12.6.2015: Media consumption and identity development of Estonian Russians
  • Jon Wittrock, 12.2.-30.5.2015: Axial Echoes in Global Space
  • Leonid Zhmud, 1.9.-31.12.2015: Scholarly Guide to Ancient Greek Science


  • Irina Anurova, 13.1.-12.6.2014: Studies on effects of extensive use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on cognitive control.
  • Volha Bartash, 20.10.2014-10.2.2015: The transition to sedentary life among Roma in the former Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic and its long-term impacts on Romani communities.
  • Anna Khranauli, 3.2.-2.7.2014: Lucianic Recension and the Problem of the Lucianic Text from Different Angles
  • Alexandr Pechenkin, 1.9.-31.12.2014: A Comparative Study of Relations of Care in the Context of Transnational Adoption, Domestic Foster Care and Guardianship of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors
  • Aurelija Tamosiunaite, 13.1.-12.6.2014: Slavic languages and Literature
  • Ergo-Hart Västrik, 20.1.-12.6.2014: Literature and Folklore
Kone Fellows Meril Ümarik, Birgit Poopuu, Jekaterina Vlasova standing outside University of Helsinki’s Topelia building in spring 2018. Photo by Olli Heiniö.

Kone Fellows Meril Ümarik, Birgit Poopuu, Jekaterina Vlasova standing outside University of Helsinki’s Topelia building in spring 2018. (Photo by Olli Heiniö)


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