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Grants and awards 2021

The City of Helsinki grants three types of annual monetary awards related to science or intended for academic studies: research grants, the Scientific Award and awards for academic theses.

Awards for undergraduate theses

The City of Helsinki Thesis Awards 2021 are open for proposals. The awards, totalling €4,000, are intended for students who have completed a Master’s or equivalent undergraduate degree during the academic year 2020–2021. The theses to be awarded should have a thematic link with Helsinki. There are no disciplinary restrictions. 

Proposals can only be submitted by thesis supervisors (departments, faculties, schools) and not by students themselves.

We invite you to submit your proposals by 12 October 2021, 23:59, to the following address: 

City of Helsinki
Opinnäytepalkinnot (Thesis awards 2021)

or by e-mail to: 

Please provide the following attachments:
- thesis abstract
- link to electronic version of the thesis, if available
- grade and evaluations
- contact information for award candidate (telephone, postal address and e-mail)
- name of thesis supervisor.

Do not hesitate to contact Research Director Katja Vilkama, City of Helsinki Executive Office, tel. +358 (0)9 310 78396, or, for more information on the thesis awards.


The City of Helsinki Scientific Award

The City of Helsinki Scientific Award for 2021 has been presented to Saana Svärd. 
The Helsinki City Scientific Award is granted as recognition for important scientific work carried out in Helsinki or by an academic with a background in Helsinki. The Scientific Award is EUR 10,000, and it is awarded in May/June.

The latest winners are:
2021 - Associate professor Saana Svärd
2020 - Professor Satu Mustjoki
2019  - Professor Terhi Ainiala
2018 - Academician Markku Kulmala 
2017 - Professor Katri Räikkönen-Talvitie
2016 - Professor Aarno Palotie 
2015 - Professor Maarit Karppinen
2014 - Professor Markku Kivinen
2013 - Professor Hannes Lohi
2012 - Professor Susann Vihma
2011 - Professor Matti Pohjola
2010 - Professor Antti Kupiainen

The City of Helsinki research grants

The City of Helsinki has distributed 73,000 euros in research grants to 10 research projects on Helsinki Day, 12 June 2021.

The research grants are intended for post-graduate students with a Master’s or equivalent degree, working on doctoral or licentiate theses.  Junior post doc researchers are also encouraged to apply.

The criteria for awarding the grant are the scientific quality of the research plan, its feasibility and the significance of the research topic for the City of Helsinki.

Grants may be awarded for research focusing on:

  • issues related to urbanisation and its effects,
  • City economy and preconditions for business operations,
  • organisation and evaluation of services produced or ordered by the city,
  • living environment, well-being, history and urban life in Helsinki, or
  • issues related to economic and cultural dynamism and internationalisation in Helsinki
  • the City´s recovery from the social, economic and/or health crisis (how to turn the crisis into opportunity).

For further information, you can contact research director Katja Vilkama, tel. +358 (0)9 310 78396, e-mail:

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