Traineeship funding from the University can be applied for a traineeship belonging to a degree. See the list of traineeship courses for which the University’s traineeship funding is available. The list is updated regularly, but if you notice anything missing from it or feel uncertain about whether your course is one of those for which funding is available, please contact Career Services at email@example.com.
Students at the Faculty of Theology apply for traineeship funding from their own faculty following separate instructions. NB! All students in the Master's Degree Programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE), jointly coordinated by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Theology, apply for traineeship funding following the below general traineeship guidelines.
Traineeship funding for 2021 is applied for through a rolling application process with no specific application period. Funding for traineeships starting in 2021 can be applied for from 1 October 2020. Funding is applied for when a place in a traineeship organisation has been secured and the employer requires University funding to cover salary costs. Traineeship funding is applied for with an electronic form. The funding must be applied for before the start of the traineeship period, and it will not be granted for an ongoing traineeship.
If an employer requires information about funding for the traineeship period already at the application stage, see the instructions in the FAQ at the bottom of the Traineeship page.
Eligibility to apply
As a rule, bachelor’s degree students with 60 cr of studies completed when applying for traineeship funding as well as all master’s degree students are eligible to apply for it. It is possible to deviate from this criterion if the degree programme pursued by the student at the time of application does not include a funded traineeship period. Funding for a traineeship is only given for a traineeship that is related to the student’s own degree programme/study track, NOT for a possible traineeship period belonging to a minor subject.
The student must be an attending student throughout the traineeship period. It is not possible to graduate with a master’s degree during a funded traineeship.
NB! Exceptions where funded traineeships are available only during master’s studies:
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Master’s Programme in Education; general education and adult education; allmän- och vuxenpedagogik (general education and adult education in Swedish); special education and early childhood education
- Master's Programme in Geology and Geophysics
- Agricultural sciences and food sciences at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
Students of the Faculty of Social Sciences, general education and adult education; allmän- och vuxenpedagogik (general education and adult education in Swedish); special education, early childhood education, geosciences/geology, agricultural sciences and food sciences can apply for traineeship funding only during their master’s studies.
NB! Exceptions where funded traineeships are available only during bachelor’s studies:
- Bachelor’s Programme for Teachers of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
Please note that if you use the funding for a traineeship provided by the University during your bachelor’s studies, you will not be eligible for it during your master’s studies.
Students’ application eligibility criteria
All attending undergraduate students of the University of Helsinki, who meet all the following criteria, are eligible to apply:
- If you are studying for your bachelor’s degree, you have at the time of application completed 60 cr at the University of Helsinki and you meet the rest of the following criteria. If at the time of application, you are studying in a master’s programme, you are eligible if you meet the rest of the following criteria.
- The degree programme/study track you are pursuing at the time of application includes a funded traineeship period. Check the courses for which you can apply for traineeship funding. NB! In order to be eligible to apply for traineeship funding meant for master’s studies, you must be a master’s student at the time you are applying for funding. This means that when you are applying for funding for a master’s stage traineeship, you must have completed a first-cycle degree (or you have submitted your diploma request).
- You have not yet completed (i.e. received credits from) the traineeship period included in your degree programme/study track or an equivalent course based on the old degree structure. If needed, check the equivalences between the new and old degree structures from the equivalence tables.
- You have not previously received traineeship funding from the University of Helsinki. NB! This applies also to degrees completed earlier at the University of Helsinki.
Criteria for the traineeship organisation and period
- A traineeship organisation may be a company, a central or local government, a non-governmental organisation, a foundation or a cooperative either in Finland or abroad. An employer receiving funding for a traineeship provided by the University cannot be a private individual.
- The University’s traineeship funding cannot be used for a traineeship when the employer is the University of Helsinki.
- The trainee is in a contractual or public-service employment relationship with the traineeship organisation, and they will be paid the minimum wage as defined by KELA, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (€1,252/month in 2021). The salary is proportional with the working time.
- The minimum duration of a funded traineeship is always a period corresponding with at least two months* of full-time employment. The exception is the degree programmes in which the minimum duration of a traineeship has been determined as three months. Check the traineeship guidelines in your degree programme whether your programme requires a three-month traineeship period.
- The maximum duration of a traineeship is six months of full-time employment and, for a part-time traineeship, an amount of work corresponding to six months. It is also generally recommended that part-time traineeships follow a 50% working-time ratio, but when the nature of the work requires it, the traineeship may be implemented with an even smaller working-time ratio.
- The tasks involved in the traineeship must be expert duties and allow the trainee to apply their university education in as broad a manner as possible. NB! Duties related to a master’s thesis do not meet the criteria of a funded traineeship. A funded traineeship cannot include the writing of the thesis, which must be completed independently.
- The traineeship must develop the student’s expertise and provide an opportunity to learn new things.
- The trainee must have an assigned supervisor at the traineeship organisation.
Please note that funding for a traineeship can be granted only for traineeships whose realisation requires funding from the University.
Funding for a traineeship cannot be given retroactively; funding must be applied for before the start of the traineeship period. Funding will not be granted for a traineeship or employment relationship that has started before the student has applied for funding for a traineeship.
*One month refers to one calendar month. A full calendar month is defined as a consecutive period from any day of the month to the day preceding the same date of the following month (e.g., 3 October–2 November).
The decision to grant funding for a traineeship will be made when an applicant meeting the eligibility criteria has found a traineeship organisation requiring funding from the University to cover salary costs. Funding will be granted if the traineeship organisation also meets the above requirements.