FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDY IN FINLAND
It takes initiative to study abroad, not to mention commitment and talent, particularly
at postgraduate level. From a student's point of view, extra funding can give you a head
start on the road to success. Dozens of British postgraduates and young researchers have
benefited from from the Finnish government over the years, and six more postgraduates are
in line for these scholarships for the academic year 1997-98.
If you have a first degree, are under 35 years of age, and would like to do research or
fieldwork in Finland as part of your British postgraduate degree or if you would like to
receive your postgraduate degree from a Finnish university, you can apply for a Finnish
government scholarship for 3-9 months.
One of the new scholarship holders for 1997-98 is Stuart Burch, who is doing an MA in
Sculpture Studies at Leeds University.
Stuart says, 'I spent a year at the University of Turku as an ERASMUS student, while doing
my BA in History of Art at the University of Leicester. This period stimulated my interest
in Finland and the fruit of this was my undergraduate thesis on 19th and early 20th
century representations of Kalevala in art.
My present MA course at Leeds University will also focus on Finland, as I intend to write
about Finnish public sculpture. The current concerns about traditional and modernist
approaches to statues of statesmen - such as Presidents Mannerheim and Kekkonen - makes
for an interesting debate.
I will use my scholarship to increase my knowledge of Finland's language and culture. This
will involve additional research into contemporary art throughout the country, but
especially in Helsinki once the new Museum of Contemporary Art opens.'
Other Finnish government scholarships holders in 1997-98 are as follows:
Paul Hayhurst (BEng from University of Central Lancashire), studying for an MSc in
Materials Science at Tampere University of Technology.
Christopher Jones (BSc and MSc from University of Wales, Aberystwyth; studying for a PhD
at Manchester Metropolitan University), researching into Nordic Security at the University
of Tampere Peace Research Institute.
Conrad Poulson (BA from University College of Ripon & York St John), studying for an
MA in Design Leadership at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki.
Alex Thottichira (BSc from Mangalore University, India), studying for an MSc in
Restorative Dentistry at the University of Helsinki.
Alison Williams-Bailey (BA from Roehampton Institute, MA from Middlesex University,
starting MPhil/PhD studies at Brunel University College), fieldwork in Sami
Culture/Anthropology at the University of Lapland Arctic Centre.