Jorma Ollila Grant

Jorma Ollila Grant

Scholarship Overview

The Jorma Ollila special fund was created to support recently graduated doctors to further develop their research careers in the field of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) or in areas supporting the development of these branches of science. Target group for the fund are postdoctoral researchers and younger scholars on the tenure track (assistant professor level) in Finnish universities. These personal grants are awarded for the purpose of gaining international experience and research excellence for a period of 0,5-3 years. In addition to financial support, the new special fund will support the selected applicants through the contact network of Nokia Foundation.

All applications should comply with the charter of Nokia Foundation. In particular, the research should:

  • Relate to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) — this can include multidisciplinary research that strongly bridges other related fields, like social, behavioral, economics and service sciences, to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).
  • Support and promote education and research within Finland.
  • Relate to one of the following focus areas of the Jorma Ollila special fund:
    • Data Science and AI, including research on novel methods, tools, applications and implementations of data science, machine learning and augmented as well as artificial intelligence.
    • Wireless and Network Technologies, including research on future networking and communication technologies for fixed and wireless connectivity.
    • Future Microelectronics, including research on enablers and practices of information and communication driven technologies, methods and systems for the digital revolution.

How to apply

Call for applications is open from August 1, 2022. Applications can be submitted twice a year.
Jorma Ollila Grant Application


September 22, 2022.

Additional Info

Applicants who have the official permission to defend their doctoral thesis can apply for the grant. In such cases, pre-examiners’ statements on the thesis must be enclosed with the application. The grant will not be funded until after the doctoral degree is completed.

The use of an awarded grant may be deferred by one year for personal reasons if the project plan remains the same. Decisions concerning longer deferrals are made by the Nokia Foundation Board on a case-by-case basis.

At least one reference must be included in the application. References may be uploaded directly by their author using the application tool. A username and password will be issued by the application tool once the application has been finalized.

Grants are applied and given for maximum one year at a time (maximum of three years in total). Recommendation is to apply for a grant for visit with one host organization and for a period of one year. Applications for a second or third year are encouraged and can be done during the ongoing Jorma Ollila -scholarship.

Primary purpose of the grant is to cover costs of the visit (not salary). Funds are available for one year after the funding decision.

If you apply for a grant for the second or third year, remember to report on the progress of the previous/ongoing grant. The report must include an account on the progress of the scholar’s research project and a list of any completed articles, manuscripts in progress, attendance at conferences, posters and presentations to academic and other possible communities/audiences.

Please note: you may partially complete an application (save a draft) and continue with it later. The application tool will provide additional instructions for completing the application form.

Grants awarded by foundations such as the Nokia Foundation are often tax-exempt. Maximum amount granted per year from Jorma Ollila fund is 24 000 € per grantee.

Key dates/info

Application submission period is from August 1 to September 22, 2022. The first application period for 2023 will be from January 9 to March 12, 2023.