The Migration Institute of Finland manages three funds from where the profit is used to support Finnish migration research and documentation. The grants are open for application annually. All the funds are based on donations made to the Migration Institute of Finland. Our three grant funds are:

The Kaarle Hjalmar Lehtinen Fund

In December 1982, a Finnish-American, Kaarle Hjalmar Lehtinen, made a donation of USD 100,000 to the Migration Institute of Finland, and this money has been invested in a fund bearing his name. The purpose of the fund is to support research on Finnish migration, especially to North America, and to finance the institute’s work in documentation, research, publications, exhibitions and congresses.

The Niilo and Helen Alho Fund

In August 1996, Florida-based building contractor Niilo S. Alho and his wife Helen M. Alho made a donation of USD 112,500 to the Migration Institute of Finland to be invested in a fund bearing their names. The purpose of the fund is to support, by means of grants and other vehicles, migration research, documentation, publishing, exhibitions and international cooperation.

The Olavi Koivukangas Fund

The fund is used to support research on Finnish migration especially to the southern hemisphere and publishing, exhibitions and other such cultural activities.

How to apply

The grants of the Migration Institute of Finland for the promotion and support of migration research are open for application on 1–28 February every year.

Individual grants awarded from the funds amount on average to EUR 500–1,000.

Grants are decided by the Board of the Migration Institute of Finland and the decisions are announced in April. The Institute informs all grant recipients directly and the names of the recipients are also published on the Institute’s website.

Apply for a grant using the following form:

Apply for a grant

Send the application form and attachments via email to: krista.mielismaki-kettunen(at)migrationinstitute.fi 

Alternatively, applications may be sent in by mail: The Migration Institute of Finland, Krista Mielismäki-Kettunen, Hämeenkatu 13, 20520 Turku, Finland

In accordance with the Data Protection Act, the information content of the application constitutes a personal register which is maintained, preserved and archived by the Migration Institute Foundation. The applicant has the right to check the information stored in the register and correct any incorrect information by contacting the Institute. Application documents and information will be made available to the experts evaluating the applications, and may be stored and handed over to Finnish authorities and grant-awarding entities for the purpose of controlling the distribution and use of grants. Information about the awarded grant may be made public, even if the amount awarded is lower than requested.

The applicant ensures that the information provided is correct and consents to the use of their information and documents in the aforementioned manner.

Reporting

Grantees must submit a report on their use of the grant within one year of receiving it.

Download the report form below:

The Niilo and Helen Alho Fund
The Olavi Koivukangas Fund
The Kaarle Hjalmar Lehtinen Fund
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