Recently, two of our doctoral researchers in Museum Studies here at the University of Helsinki have received positive funding news. Shikoh Sharaiwa has received a Finnish National Agency for Education scholarship, while Mari Viita-aho has received a grant from Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse sr.
I have been awarded one of the Finnish Government Scholarship Pool 2019-2020 by the Finnish National Agency for Education, whichprovides me with funding for 9 months. The scholarship is a monthly allowance and offered for “doctoral level studies and research at Finnish universities or public research institutes” for 3-9 months. The application was sent to the Finnish Institute in Japan for the selection process, then a recommendation from Japan was sent to the Finnish National Agency for Education. I am one of 17 recipients and the only Japanese national to get such a grant in this round.
Mari says of her grant:
Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse sr granted funding for my research for finishing the first article of my doctoral thesis. The whole thesis is about museums as social institutions, and their possibilities for making a change in society. This article I am working on right now, bases partly on museum policy documents in Finland, and is partly a review of Nordic museum studies research during the past decade. In the article I concentrate especially on the concept of participation, its usage and varying functions. Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse sr works for support of nonprofit action in different areas of science and culture. I thank for the foundation’s confidence and appreciate this opportunity to concentrate fully on the writing process for the next few months.