The application period for the named funds of the University of Tampere Foundation is in September.
- The Kalle Kaihari Heart Research Fund
- The Fund for Municipal Studies
- The Vocational Education Fund
- The Fund for Municipal Studies
- The Unto and Kerttu Kupiainen Fund
- The Alumni Association Fund
- The School of Business Administration Fund
- The Pertti Järvinen Information Systems Fund
- The Teemu Tuominen International Crisis Management Fund
- The Anu Kirra Fund
- The Matti Naarminen Fund
The Kalle Kaihari Heart Research Fund
On 12 April 1985, distinguished businessman Kalle Kaihari donated capital for use in heart research. One stipend is granted for heart research from the fund every year. The same individual may be granted a stipend for no more than two consecutive years.
The Fund for Municipal Studies
On 1 March 1986, the Association of Finnish Cities and several Finnish cities made a donation to the foundation that was used to establish the Fund for Municipal Studies.
The fund’s interest income is used to grant stipends to students studying local governance or postgraduate students studying for their licentiate or doctoral degree at Tampere University.
The Vocational Education Fund
On 6 December 1989, the City of Hämeenlinna donated capital to the foundation for establishing a vocational education fund in accordance with a decision made in honour of the city’s 350th anniversary year.
The purpose of this vocational education fund is to support vocational education research by granting stipends to researchers and postgraduate students writing their dissertations and licentiate theses in this field. The fund awards grants for the publication of research in the field and supports the participation of researchers in international conferences.
Research on vocational education is broadly defined as focusing on education leading to an occupation, and professional growth.
In education leading to an occupation, the research topics may be eg the following:
- the learning of students in upper secondary vocational education and training in educational institutions and working life
- the training, pedagogical competence and professional identity of teachers in upper secondary vocational education and training
- the curricula of vocational education and training
- vocational education and training as a system (historical perspectives, comparisons with international education systems)
From the perspective of professional growth, research on vocational education includes the above-mention aspects as well as on the job learning, skills development and professional growth of adults from all levels of education. These include, for example, employees in public institutions or companies as well as personnel in early childhood education, elementary and comprehensive schools, upper secondary vocational education and training, upper secondary schools and higher education institutions.
The Unto and Kerttu Kupiainen Fund
This fund was established in spring 1988. The fund’s capital comprises donations by private individuals in honour of the 80th birthday of Mrs Kerttu Kupiainen.
Every year, the return on the fund’s assets is used to grant one or two stipends for a master’s thesis in the field of literature, based on the faculty’s proposal.
The Alumni Association Fund
The original capital of the Alumni Association Fund was formed by the Hilja Aukimaa Fund and a donation made by Tampere University’s Alumni Association (the association’s membership fees).
The Alumni Association Fund’s assets are a separate fund of the University of Tampere Foundation.
The fund can be used for developing the alumni activities of Tampere University. Proposals on the use of the assets are made by the Alumni Association.
Link to Tampere University’s alumni activities
The School of Business Administration Fund
This fund was established on 10 May 1999 with capital donated by the Tampere Chamber of Commerce. The capital was gathered from companies and organisations based in the Pirkanmaa region. The return on the fund’s assets is used to support education and teaching of business administration at Tampere University.
The fund carries out its mission by awarding stipends and grants for education and research in business administration.
The Information Systems Research Fund of Emeritus Professor Pertti Järvinen
The capital of the Information Systems Research Fund of Emeritus Professor Pertti Järvinen, which is controlled by the Tampere University Foundation, comprises capital that was raised from private individuals and organisations in autumn 2003 in honour of the retirement of Professor Järvinen. The return on the fund’s assets is allocated to postgraduate students and researchers in the field every year.
The Teemu Tuominen International Crisis Management Fund
This fund awards grants to undergraduate students of politics (or an equivalent discipline). Stipends can, for example, be used to support a student’s studies abroad or other activities that help increase the student’s expertise with regard to international roles. In honour of the special expertise and life’s work of Teemu Tuominen, the fund seeks to support the acquisition of special expertise in the fields of international crisis management and conflict research and resolution in particular.
Link: donating to the fund, deed of donation
The Anu Kirra Fund
The foundation received a bequest from Toivo and Anna Kirra in 2011. The funds were used to establish a fund named after Anu Kirra. The return on the fund’s assets is used to support young students studying at Tampere University who have an incurable illness or disability. First priority is given to talented young people who suffer from arthritis and have limited means.
The fund is managed and represented by the Board of the Tampere University Foundation.
The Matti Naarminen Fund
In spring 2018, the foundation received a bequest from Matti Naarminen. The fund supports prostate cancer research conducted at Tampere University. A leading professor in the field works as an expert at Tampere University.