Appending a reference to the application

References play an important role in grant applications for both doctoral studies and post-doctoral applications and can be submitted for other types of applications as well, but references are not required as an attachment if you are not applying for a grant for doctoral studies.
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Either the supervisor or another person familiar with the applicant’s work or the proposed project can submit a reference. If two applicants receive references from the same referee, the order of the applicants made by the same referee can influence the evaluations.

Requests for recommendations are sent to potential recommenders by email on page 8 of the application form. The email address of the referee is thus required in order to issue a request. We also advise that applicants contact a potential reference source well before the application deadline to provide enough time to compose and submit the reference.

The reference source then submits their reference letter using the link emailed to them via the Kone Foundation online grant service, which directs the reference as an attachment to your application. The request is automatically sent in Finnish and in English and can be replied to in both languages.

In the service, the recommender can view your project or research plan that have been included as attachments to the application but cannot view any other parts of your application. Please note that updating or removing the attachment on the application will also update the version viewable in the recommendation service.

Submitted references are not visible to applicants in the online service. Submission status of the reference is not visible either.

References must be submitted by 18 September, 16:00 (Finnish time). Only the references submitted during the application period are considered. If you have received a reference personally and wish to submit it, you may attach it to the application as a PDF form.


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