The Magnus Ehrnrooth foundation receives approximately 800 grant applications annually. It has been possible to award less than a fifth of the total amount applied for.

Every application is carefully considered. Do your application with care and thought. Tell the essential details but concentrate on the essential. The title of the application should be short, at most two lines, but descriptive. It will be used as such in the award letter in the case that the application is granted.

The application is done electronically using the forms of the foundation. Separate forms are used for the application of a travel grant, support for apparatus and consumables costs related to the research, and for personal grants (graduate student grant, Post-doctoral grant, and personal grant for research full or part time during a leave for absence without salary). The application form is available after login. The application can be saved and work on it can be resumed at a later time. The application system is available during the application time period.  Make sure the application has been sent before the end of the application time period, when the application system closes. Note that the application system closes at midnight Finnish time at the end of the application time period. Applications that have not been sent by the end of the application time period are not considered. Therefore, do not submit your application at the last moment to avoid possible last minute failure of your computer or the communication lines.

Applications for scientific grants

One appendix file in Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf) or .pdf format should be attached to the application. The contents are determined by the electronic form. Organize the contents in the order indicated below:

  • A research plan with a realistic time schedule. The length of the research plan should not exceed 3 pages
  • a travel plan which explains the purpose of the trip, and if the trip is to a conference, the name, place, and date of the conference and the applicant’s contribution to the conference
  • a budget with justifications
  • a Curriculum Vitae not exceeding 2 pages
  • a transcript of your study records (for graduate student stipends)
  • and a list of the publications of the five most recent years with the most important publications bolded

If you apply for support for different purposes (i.e. graduate studies, travel), then one appendix is sufficient to cover all applications. The appendix should contain all the relevant information pertaining to the different applications.

Project grants are awarded for one year. Leaders of research groups can apply for support for longer time projects, but the continuation of the support is granted based on a separate application annually. In this case the research leader has to include a report on the progress of the project.
In most case a statement in support of the application or a recommendation should be attached to the application. The applicant should him-/herself ask for the statement or recommendation. The applicant can attach the statement/recommendation to the application or alternatively the person giving the recommendation may submit it directly to the board of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters using the application system of the foundation.

Applying for a grant


The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters

Grant secretary

Niklas Meinander

In all matters concerning the Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation grants, please contact the grant secretary.