Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Arts

The postdoctoral fellowship in the arts aims to develop new forms of cooperation and dialogue between art and scholarship. The positions are primarily intended for persons holding a doctoral degree in the arts. However, also persons engaged in artistic work but having completed a doctoral degree in a different academic field are eligible to apply. Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree by the end of the application period. In addition to the doctoral degree, the requirements for the position include experience of artistic work or artistic research. Practitioners of all fields of art may apply for the position.

The postdoctoral researchers in the arts are appointed on the basis of a highly selective international competition. There is an annual call for applications for the position of the postdoctoral researcher in the arts at the Helsinki Collegium. 

The Fall 2021 application period begins on 16 August 2021 at 8 am and ends on 9 September 2021 at 23:59 pm local Helsinki time.

2021 Application procedure:


Please notice that even though the online form asks you to identify your career stage and the desired duration of the fellowship, all fellowships in the Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Arts Program are for one year only and at the postdoctoral level. Notice that in this program also more senior scholars (with more than five years from their doctoral defense) are eligible to apply. When you reach section "Key Information" of the online form, the system will not let you continue unless you fill out sections "Academic Level" and "Duration". Please choose, for example, early career as the academic level and 1 year (mid-career) as the desired duration. This information is not relevant for the selection process.

You may find the link to the electronic application form here:

Watch this video to learn how to fill in the application form.


For further information on the application procedure, please contact

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The postdoctoral fellowship in the arts programme is funded by the Kone Foundation.   


Current Fellow:


Past Fellows:


  • Matti Kangaskoski: "Poetics of the Future: Logic of Selection, Cultural Interfaces, and Literary Production in the Age of Digital Media"

  • Minou Norouzi: "Revolutionary Patience: The Ethics of Non-interventionist Documentary Encounters"


  • Matthias de Groof:  "Audiovisual Work and Book Publication on the Iconography of Patrice Lumumba in the Arts"
  • David Ashley Kerr: "I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Performed Gaze in Contemporary Photomedia Art"


  • Tero Nauha: “Non-standard Performance: body and performance in conjunction with the posthumanist philosophy and artistic research”
  • Annette Arlander: “Performing with plants”


  • Esthir Lemi:  “The Parenthetical Window: Performing in a full Multimodal Artificial Environment adapted to the Circadian Rhythm”
  • Maija Timonen: “The Defrosted Father - Vicissitudes of Family in Economic Crisis”


  • Lea Kantonen: “Performing the Multilingual Museum: Collaborative Planning and Documentation”
  • Taina Riikonen: “Philosopher’s voice as Experimental Radiophony"