Research posts funded by the Foundation

Kone Foundation funds research and research cooperation through fellowships, as well as grants. The Foundation funds research posts at Finnish universities’ research collegia and in the Fudan network.

1. The Erik Allardt Fellowship Programme of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

This annually awarded grant offers a residential fellowship at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies for one or two scholars having an affiliation with a university in Sweden. Correspondingly, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond funds scholars with an affiliation with a university in Finland by funding a fellowship at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies at the University of Uppsala. This exchange programme for scholars promotes research cooperation between Finland and Sweden in the social and human sciences.



  • Kerstin Enflo (spring 2020): Long Run Regional Growth and Development in the Nordic Area (economic history)
  • Robert Appelbaum (autumn 2019): The Renaissance Discovery of Violence, from Boccaccio to Shakespeare (literary science)
  • Margrit Shildrick (spring 2019): The Meaning and Significance of Prostheses: Microchimerism and the Posthuman Future of Embodiment (philosophy)
  • Mika Vähäkangas (spring 2019): Theology between Text and Orality: The Kimbanguist Doctrine of Incarnation (theology)
  • Ugo Corte (autumn 2017–spring 2018): Riding Culture: Collaborative Creativity, Risk-Taking, and Fun in Big Wave Surfing (sociology)
  • Niklas A. Forsberg (autumn 2016–spring 2017): J. L. Austin and the Return to the Realities We Use Words to Talk About (philosophy)
  • Li Bennich-Björkman (spring 2016): Existential Resistance and the Transition to Pluralism in Soviet West (political science)
  • Olof Heilo (2016): Beyond Orientalism: Byzantium and the Historical Contextualisation of Islam (history)
  • Pauliina Remes (autumn 2015): From Conversational Norms to What It Is to Be a Person. A Study on Plato (philosophy)
  • Josef Eskhult (autumn 2014–spring 2015): The Historical Dimension of Languages in the Linguistic Horizon and the Meta-Linguistic Reflection of the European Renaissance (1350–1675) (linguistics)


2. The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies’ fellowship for scholars having an affiliation with a university in the Baltic states or Russia

Kone Foundation has funded the programme for visiting scholars from the Baltic states, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia since 2004. Implemented in collaboration with the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, this fellowship programme operates by inviting scholars to the Collegium.



  • Elena Circovic, Russia (9.– 31.12.2019): Space, Ice, Artificial Intelligence, and the Final Frontiers of International Law’s Universality: the Cosmolegal
  • Eneken Laanes, Estonia (1.9.– 31.12.2019): Translating Memories: The Eastern European Past in the Global Arena
  • Anastasia Eseleva, Russia (15.1.–15.6.2019): The Passivization of the English Verb HAVE from Old to Present-Day English: a Corpus-based Study
  • Evgeny Kazartsev, Russia (15.1.–15.6.2019): Iambic Verse in the Early Modern European Poetry
  • Dmytro Khutkyy, Ukraine (15.1.–15.6.2019): Global Development Agenda: Aspirations of Multilateral Organisations and Citizens
  • Kaarel Piirimäe, Estonia (15.1.–15.6.2019): The New European Order and the Baltic Litmus Test: Existential fears, ideas on security and Estonian-Russian relations in the 1990s
  • Darius Daukšas, Lithuania (1.9.–31.12.2018): Transnationalism, Deterritorialization and Citizenship: The Case of Central and Northern Europe
  • Äli Leijen, Estonia (1.9.–31.12.2018): Interventions for Supporting Teachers’ Professional Development
  • Elo-Hanna Seljamaa, Estonia (1.9.–31.12.2018): Everyday Practices of Dealing with Ethnic and Linguistic Differences in Contemporary Estonia
  • Meril Ümarik, Estonia (1.1.–15.6.2018): Learning and Work Transitions of New Immigrants
  • Birgit Poopuu, Estonia (1.1.–15.6.2018): Acting is Everything: The European Union and the Process of Becoming a Peacebuilder
  • Jekaterina Vlasova, Russia (1.1.–15.6.2018): Advanced Russian of L2 Learners and Bilinguals in Finland: A Corpus-driven Analysis of Grammatical Errors and Semantic Mismatches
  • Kadri Aavik, Estonia (16.1.–12.6.2017): Understanding Masculinities in the Neoliberal University
  • Igors Gubenko, Latvia (1.9.2017–31.12.2017): The Philosophical Critique of the Concept of Man in Contemporary Critical Theory
  • Elena Ermolaeva, Russia (1.9.2017–31.12.2017): Ancient Greek Epic Parody
  • Alexei Kouprianov, Russia (16.1.–12.5.2017): University of Helsinki before 1917 vs. Other Universities of the Russian Empire, a Digital Study in Historical Dynamics
  • Siarhei Liubimau, Lithuania (16.1.–12.6.2017): Vocation and Urbanity: Transmission of Family Professional Assets in Formerly Mono-functional Towns
  • Kersti Lust, Estonia (1.9.2017–31.12.2017): Class and Kinship in Nineteenth Century Rural Estonia
  • Maria Pirogovskaia, Russia (1.9.2017–31.12.2017): Cultural Modelling of Disgust in the Late Russian Empire


3. The fellowship of the Finnish universities’ Fudan network

Funded by Kone Foundation, this fellowship sends two scholars every year to the Nordic Centre of the Fudan University in Shanghai. All the researchers and academic staff of all the member universities of the Nordic Centre can apply for a grant for a research period of 4–6 months. The aim of the fellowship programme is to promote research on China at Finnish universities. The Finnish member universities of the Nordic Centre include the University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland, Hanken School of Economics, University of Lapland, University of Tampere and University of Turku.



  • Reija Hietala, ecology, environmental science, University of Turku (1.10.2019-31.3.2020): On the dimensions of environmental sustainability in the urban agriculture – a case Shanghai
  • Niki Sopanen, Chinese studies, University of Helsinki (1.9.–31.12.2020): Crouching (paper) tiger, hidden (paper) dragon, and the clash of the conspiratorial turn? A post-foundational inquiry into foreign political conspiracy theory discourses in Sino-U.S. relations since the events of Tiananmen
  • Jukka Aukia, Chinese studies, University of Turku (1.9.2018–28.2.2019): Silkkitie päättyy länteen – Kiina Itä-Euroopassa: Geospatiaalinen analyysi
  • Svetlana Pästi, media studies, University of Tampere (1.9 2018–28.2 2019): Corporation or entrepreneurship? How future journalists in Shanghai and St. Petersburg envisage their professional success in the digital news ecosystem. Read more.
  • Meysam Haddadi Barzoki, social psychology, multidisciplinary studies (1.4.–15.8.2018 ja 3.12.2018–18.1.2019): Investing in the ideal: Does contingent self-esteem mediate the association between objectified body consciousness and subjective well-being in Chinese women?
  • Teemu Naarajärvi, Chinese studies, University of Helsinki (1.10-31.12.2013, 1.2.–30.3.2014 and 1.10. -2017–31.1.2018): Studies of the “China model”.
  • Elina Vaara, environmental law, University of Helsinki (1.9.2017–31.1.2018)
  • Juan Hong, physics, environmental science,University of Helsinki (12.9.2016 –28.2.2017):  The major goals of this project are to investigate the hygroscopic properties of urban aerosols and to compare the results with the ones from boreal forest environment.
  • Jani Kinnunen, communications, Game Reseach Lab,  University of Tampere (1.9.2016–28.2.2017): Read more.
  • Pradipta Halder, environmental science, pedagogy, University of Eastern Finland (1.4.2015–30.9.2015): School students’ and teachers’ knowledge and perception of bioenergy, their attitudes and intentions to use it. Read more.
  • Quingbo Xu-Susiluoto, Chinese studies, University of Helsinki (5.1.–5.7.2015): An Evolutionary Perspective on  the Development of Empathy and Morality in the Youth – A Case Study in rural Sihong, China
  • Jukka Aukia, Chinese studies,  University of Turku (1.9.2014–28.2.2015): Cultural Soft Power of China. Read more.
  • Shuo Wang, psychology, multidisciplinary, University of Eastern Finland (20.5.–20.12.2014): Organizational culture and leadership in multinational companies: How to understand Chinese behaviour and attitude from historical and cultural pespective?
  • Jani Väliverronen, journalism,  University of Tampere (1.9.2013–28.2.2014): Read more.
  • Taru Salmenkari, Chinese studies, University of Helsinki, (1.3.–31.8.2013) post-doc
  • Tero Tähtinen, literary science, University of Tampere (1.9.2012–1.3.2013)
  • Suvi Mäkinen, pedagogy, University of Turku (1.10.2011–31.3.2012)
  • Iiris Ruoho, communications studies, University of Tampere (1.9.2011–29.2.2012) post-doc


4. The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies’ annually awarded Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Arts

Funded by Kone Foundation, the Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Arts at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies is unique in Finland. Intended for postdoctoral researchers in the arts, this fellowship aims to develop new forms of cooperation and dialogue between art and science. Applications for the position of the postdoctoral researcher in the arts are invited once a year through a general application procedure. Call for applications is organised once a year.



  • Matti Kangaskoski (2019): Poetics of the Future: Logic of Selection, Cultural Interfaces, and Literary Production in the Age of Digital Media
  • Minou Norouzi (2019): Revolutionary Patience: The Ethics of Non-interventionist Documentary Encounters
  • Matthias de Groof (2018):  Audiovisual Work and Book Publication on the Iconography of Patrice Lumumba in the Arts
  • David Ashley Kerr (2018): I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Performed Gaze in Contemporary Photomedia Art
  • Tero Nauha (2017): Non-standard Performance: body and performance in conjunction with the posthumanist philosophy and artistic research
  • Annette Arlander (2017): Performing with plants
  • Esthir Lemi (2016): The Parenthetical Window: Performing in a full Multimodal Artificial Environment adapted to the Circadian Rhythm
  • Maija Timonen (2016): The Defrosted Father – Vicissitudes of Family in Economic Crisis
  • Lea Kantonen (2015): Performing the Multilingual Museum: Collaborative Planning and Documentation
  • Taina Riikonen (2015): Philosopher’s voice as Experimental Radiophony


5. Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) at the University of Tampere

Funded by Kone Foundation, this project has hired a Senior Research Fellow to engage in comparative or transnational study on the societies of the Baltic Sea region, and two researchers who have suffered from oppression in their own countries via the Scholars at Risk network.



  • Pia Vuolanto (1.8.–30.6.2021): Power dynamics and strategies of legitimation in the academisation of complementary and alternative medicine
  • Heikki Heikkilä (1.2.–31.8.2020): Banal surveillence and the privacy paradox
  • Andrew Newby (1.8.2018–31.1.2020): Psychological proximity” and overseas aid during Finland’s Great Hunger Years, c. 1856-68.
  • Marianna Muravyeva (1.8.2016–31.7.2018): Violence against Parents in the North of Europe: Using Lessons from Yesterday to Create Safer Life Tomorrow for 2016-2018
  • Esa Reunanen (1.10.2014–31.7.2016): The Interpretive Power of Journalism in Mediatized Public Spheres
  • Richard MacMahon (1.8.–30.9.2014, irtisanoutui toisen työpaikan vuoksi): Why is Finland more violent. Comparing homicidal violence in Ireland and Finland, 1870-2010.
  • Peeter Selg (1.8.2013–31.7.2014): A Political Semiotic Approach to Governance Networks
  • Paul Stepney (1.8.2012–31.7.2013): Prevention and modernized social services – a study of preventive social work practice in two European cities: Tampere (Fin) and Weston-s-Mare (UK)
  • Benedikt Schoenborn (1.8.2011–31.7.2012): The special role of Germany in European history: Willy Brandt and the German Problem
  • Meyda Yegenoglu Mutman (SAR, coming)
  • Mahmut Mutman (SAR, coming)