Scholarships and grants

Several different parties award scholarships and grants to students, for example, to prepare a thesis. Students apply for these themselves.

Scholarships of Vaasa University Foundation for theses

Vaasa University Foundation supports the development of the University of Vaasa and the scientific research and teaching carried out within it. Students who do their master's thesis for a company have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship from Vaasa University Foundation. You should apply for the scholarship as early as possible. Applications submitted after graduation will not be considered.

Scholarships of the Student Union of the University of Vaasa for academic success

The Student Union of the University of Vaasa awards Maija Niinioja scholarships to successful students. The application period is November–December each year. The scholarships are awarded in February in connection with the Student Union anniversary ball.

Scholarship of the Finnish Foundation for the Promotion of International Trade (SUE)

The Finnish Foundation for the Promotion of International Trade (SUE) awards grants to writers of master's theses supporting the internationalisation of companies and business. The aim is to improve the opportunities for companies in the region to engage in international business activities.

The Foundation awards grants to 2-4 students from the University of Vaasa each year.

The grant is €2 500 for each thesis, half of which is paid to the thesis author after the SUE Board has approved the thesis and half after the thesis has been approved by the Dean.

The thesis must be completed within the recommended timeframe for master’s theses from the date of approval of the research plan (approximately 1 year). In addition, the aim is to present the results of the thesis at a business event in the region and in the regional media.

The thesis must meet one of the following criteria:

- The thesis must be related to the internationalisation or export activities of companies in the Vaasa region
- The thesis is related to the internationalisation or export of Finnish industry

How to apply for a grant?

The SUE Board decides on the recipients of the grant throughout the year. For more information, please contact the Study Affairs Specialist Leena Larimo (

Other scholarships and grants

Many other foundations, clubs, etc. also award grants and scholarships to students, for example, to do a thesis.

The National Union of University Students in Finland (Suomen ylioppilaskuntien liitto SYL) maintains a Grants database on grants and scholarships.