Stockholm (NordSIP) – Finsif has announced it will soon be opening applications for scholarships to students and researchers interested in responsible investing, starting on June 1st, and lasting until to August 16th, 2020.
Finland’s Sustainable Investment Forum (Finsif) is a member-based organisation that promotes responsible investment and ESG integration. Established in 2010, Finsif has over 70 members with assets under management ranging from €11 million to €105 billion. Approximately half of the members are asset managers, while a little over a third are investors.
Scholarships worth between €500 and €1000 will be awarded to fund master’s dissertations during 2020. Postgraduate researchers can apply for funding worth €1000-€3000. Another €1000 is available to fund research to be published in scientific publications. Other research projects can apply to as much as €5000.
The research must focus on economics and responsible investment or corporate social responsibility. Finsif is particularly keen to encourage research into responsible investment from a Finnish investor perspective.
The funding application must state the completed studies, the topic and content of the research, funding, schedule and an assessment of the significance of the research for the Finnish investment industry. The application must be accompanied by an extract from the study register, a research plan, a completed dissertation or an interim report if the research is already underway. It must also include an assessment of the applicant and thesis by the supervisor or other recommender.
Scholarship applications are evaluated by a working group consisting of representatives of Finsif’s member communities and two external experts.
The scholarship may be awarded to an applicant who works for a member organisation of Finsif or an applicant that conducts research for a member organisation, provided that the research is public. The scholarship will not be distributed to the same person for two consecutive years. However, a person can receive a scholarship if he or she has been or is in a research team. A person who is a member of the Scholarship Working Group or Finsif’s Board of Directors may not apply for or receive a scholarship.
Scholarships will be handed out at a separate event in the fall, subject to possible fundraising restrictions. Scholarship recipients are encouraged to present their research at events organised by Finsif.