Collaboration and Memberships

Foundations’ Post Doc Pool

The Foundations’ Post Doc Pool is a grant resource set up by Finnish foundations, all members of the Council of Finnish Foundations, and intended for post-doctoral research abroad that lasts for at least one semester, for well-founded reasons, grants may also be awarded for shorter periods lasting for at least 6 months. Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation participates in the Foundations’ Post doc pool.

On the current three year period (2022-2024) the Pool is set up by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Foundation for Economic Education, Päivikki and Sakari Sohlberg Foundation, Finnish Academy for Science and Letters, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Finnish Medical Foundation, Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, Society of Swedish Literature in Finland, Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion, The Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation and Ulla Tuominen Foundation, which allocate 3 250 000 euros to the Pool annually.

A Board with representatives appointed by each member foundation manages the Pool. The Pool takes care of expert review of applications and preparatory work, after which the foundations involved will make the actual grant decisions.
The Post Doc-pool has two application rounds per year. The spring application round takes place in December-January and the autumn application round in August-September.

Foundation’s Professor Pool

The Foundations’ Professor Pool is a joint temporary grant pool of 15 foundations, all members of The Council of Finnish Foundations, aimed at increasing professors’ research opportunities. Grants are awarded through the Pool to professors to finance, together with a university, a research period of 12 months.

During the professor’s research period, the university which employs her/him, pays 55 % of his/her gross salary. The grant sum during that period is 27 000 euros to all professors, regardless of their own personal salary.

The Professor Pool’s grants are available to professors who work permanently at Finnish universities and are guaranteed leave from administrative and teaching duties by the university for one year (12 months). The grants are awarded for research and projects aimed at advancing research. The Professor Pool’s grant application rounds will be arranged once a year. The Pool grants are available to professors in all disciplines.

The Foundations’ Professor Pool encourages professors to travel to a new research environment during the research period. A 5,000 euros travel grant has been reserved for grant recipients for this purpose, and it can be obtained from the foundation that has awarded the grant in exchange for a separate plan.

The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation awarded grants to nine professors in the recent application period. The names of the grantees were announced on June 11th 2015.


Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation participates in the Finnish foundations’ PoDoCo (Post Docs in Companies) -program ( PoDoCo is matchmaking program aiming to facilitate the employment of young doctors to the private sector and, at the same time, contribute to the strategic renewal of Finnish business life.

PoDoCo-program is aimed for young doctors who have recently completed or will soon complete their doctoral degree. PoDoCo program has two application rounds each year and awards some 10 post-doctoral grants in each round.

PoDoCo-program, is a joint initiative of Finnish universities, industry and foundations. PoDoCo program is set up by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion, Foundation for Economic Education, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, KAUTE Foundation, Maj and Tor Nesslingin Foundation, Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation, the Paulo Foundation, Maa- ja Vesitekniikan tuki ry and DIMECC. PoDoCo program is funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Maa- ja vesitekniikan tuki ry, Svenska Kulturfonden, Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion, Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, Foundation for Economic Education, KAUTE Foundation, The Paulo Foundation, Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland and Helsingin Sanomat Foundation. DIMECC Ltd. is responsible for the practical implementation of the programme.

More information and
Programme management expert Mr. Seppo Tikkanen DIMECC Ltd. mobile: +358 40 840 2780 email: seppo.tikkanen(at)


The Wilson Center (USA) scholarship program for Finnish professionals

Finnish professionals have an opportunity for networking at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. The scholarship program for Finnish scholars, launched with the support of Finnish foundations at the Wilson Center in 2013, has been extended with further funding for years 2020–2022 from The Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation, Helsingin Sanomat Foundation, Saara and Björn Wahlroos Foundation and the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., established by the U.S. Congress in 1968, is a nonpartisan research center, think tank and open forum for dialogue, and provides scholars with a chance to deepen their knowledge and skills, exchange ideas and make valuable contacts.

The Wilson Center program for Finnish scholars includes a 3–6-month period at the center, as well as organizing the Ahtisaari Symposium series on European security issues. The program is coordinated in Finland by professor Henrik Meinander from the University of Helsinki.

Finnish professionals working in key positions in the public policy, business, cultural or media sectors or as researchers in these fields are eligible to apply.

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Other collaboration

The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation cooperates with many Finnish foundations e.g by having shared real-estate investments.

Association of Finnish Foundations

Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation is a member of the Association of Finnish Foundations (Säätiöt ja rahastot ry). The Council monitors and defends the interests of its members, and serves as a trainer and expert, information provider and discussion forum, supporter and publisher of research. In November 2020 the Council had 207 foundations as members. The executive director of Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Arto Mäenmaa, is a board member of the Council.

European Foundation Centre

The Foundation is a member of the European Foundation Centre, an organization of non-profit European Foundations.

Hague Club

The Executive Director of the Foundation, Arto Mäenmaa, belongs to the collaborative network of Directors of European Foundations, The Hague Club.