Grants to Apply

The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation awards grants for the promotion and support of cultural and economic development in Finland. Grants can be sought in the areas of research, art and societal activities in the yearly application process. The application period is in the spring. The Foundation also takes part in joint grant pools of Finnish foundations.

The yearly application period is in April – May.

The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Grants

The Foundation awards grants for

  • Different fields of science
    – doctoral thesis work
    – post-doctoral research
    – research funding for a researcher returning to Finland after post-doctoral research abroad (homing grant).
    – research groups
  • Arts
  • Societal activities

The grant for medicine and biomedicine is used for the maintenance of the Wihuri Research Institute.

Grants for visual arts are awarded mainly for art research.

The Foundations’ Post Doc Pool, which the Wihuri Foundation is a member of, funds post-doctoral research abroad (that lasts for at least one academic year). More information from

The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation awards both undefined and one-year working grants.

A one-year working grant (doctoral studies 24.000 euros and post-doctoral research 28.000 euros) is meant for one-year full-time work. During this time the grantee can’t be employed. The grant is made for one year at a time. To apply for a second and third year grant the grantee must apply for them with a new application each year. If the grantee decides to apply for a continuation grant as described he/she must provide a progress report and a statement from a supervisor to be seen as a prospective recipient.

A six-month working grant (doctoral studies 12.000 euros and post-doctoral research 14.000) is meant for full-time work lasting for six months during which the grantee must be on a leave from salaried work. Research funding for a researcher returning to Finland after post-doctoral research abroad is called a homing grant and is worth 50.000 euros.

You can apply for a grant by filling in the application form online on the Foundation’s website. Guidelines for applying can be found here.

References to support the application should be given by the writer of the reference through an online reference form.

A list of amended grants will be published 10 October on the Foundation’s website. All grant decisions will be informed via email. Successful grant applicants will also receive a letter.

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. The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation participates in the Foundations’ Post doc pool.

On the current three year period (2016-2018) the Pool is set up by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Foundation for Economic Education, Paulo 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, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation and Ulla Tuominen Foundation, which allocate 3 200 000 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.

More detailed information can be found here.

Post Docs in Companies is a 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. Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation participates in the Finnish foundations’ joint PoDoCo -program.

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 and FIMECC.

Find more information here or contact Programme Manager Essi Huttu from FIMECC Ltd. (Mobile: +358 40 840 9259 email: essi.huttu(at)