When you’re a first-time participant in the game of applying for research grants, it’s a good idea to ask around and learn a few tricks of the trade. This post explores online resources for finding suitable funding for your research and career stage, and it is first in a series of posts on how to apply for research funding.
For those thinking about pursuing postgraduate studies at the Department of English in Turku, a good starting point is to visit a few websites: The University’s own graduate school, UTUGS, The School of Languages and Translation Studies graduate program, Utuling, and the English Department’s Postgraduate Studies page.
The Research Whisperer is a great resource for career-related practical issues such as funding and networking. This blog post gives good tips on finding suitable funding opportunities.
The Finnish go-to resource for various kinds of research and travel funding is the Aurora database. The database includes most open calls, and you can search the database for example by field of research or deadline for applications. Always remember to also visit the websites of the funding bodies for more information.
Even if you are not applying for funding from them yet, take a look at the Academy of Finland website. The Academy of Finland is probably the most well-known and important funding body in Finland, and their website offers a wealth of information.
If you are interested in EU funding, start from the Participant Portal. Another EU-related site worth checking is EURAXESS, where you can find calls for all kinds of international jobs (including PhD positions in EU-funded training schemes) and fellowships.
Stay tuned for more on how to launch a research career and get funding!
Text by Mari-Liisa Varila