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The Helsinki Collegium in brief

The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies was founded on 1 January 2001 as
an independent institute within the University of Helsinki. Its aim is to
enhance scholarly excellence within the human and social sciences, to
endorse dialogue between different academic orientations, and to promote the
international recognition of Finnish scholars. Since the beginning of August
2002, the fellows of the Collegium have been working in common premises
within the central campus area of the University. This permits closer
cooperation and community-building across the disciplinary boundaries.

The Helsinki Collegium appoints annually researchers from the fields of
theology, law, education, the arts, and the social sciences. Applications
are welcome from both younger post-doctorate researchers and more
established scholars. The Collegium recruits its scholars on the basis of
their individual merits and the future promise of excellence, but it also
considers the transdisciplinary relevance and potential of the applicants.
The aim is to promote among the fellows cooperation across the disciplinary
boundaries and encourage the creation of transdisciplinary clusters of
competence to complement the traditional fields of inquiry.
In 2004, 41 fellows make up the research staff of the Collegium. Their
research contracts range from one to five years. About one-half of the
appointed researchers are women, and their orientation with respect to their
faculties of origin is as follows: the arts eighteen, the social sciences
eleven, theology five, law one, and behavioral sciences four. You will find
more detailed information about the fellows and the research carried out
from our staff pages. The Collegium has no disciplinary or other related
quotas in its appointment procedures.

Through the application procedure, the research posts of the Helsinki
Collegium are open to all irrespective of their nationality or home
university. The number of researchers was increased annually with the help
of the University~Rs own funds until in 2004, when the Collegium reached its
optimum size of about 40 researchers. They are complemented by collaborators
of appointed fellows and scholars who work with external funding. The
Collegium intends to raise external funds that will be used to invite
renowned foreign scholars to work in Helsinki. Over the following years, the
aim is to secure a substantive contribution from distinguished international
scholars to the work of the Collegium and its fellows.

The Collegium is governed by its Board and Director. The Board represents
various academic constituencies of the university and it is chaired by
Professor Mirja Saari. In addition to being a scholar him/herself, the
Director is expected to be an active scholar with an international
orientation. The Collegium also has an international Academic Advisory Board
that is appointed for a three-year period.
The Advisory Board has fifteen members who are all from outside Finland.

In practical terms, the Board of the Collegium appoints the researcher
fellows after their applications have been evaluated in detail by the
Advisory Board that meets once a year. This system aims to guarantee a
competent and impartial procedure in the selection of the fellows. The bar
is high; so far, less than ten per cent of the applicants have been

The academic activities of the Collegium are only taking shape. Over the
next two years, the Collegium aims to establish itself as a forum that is
able to bring together, for lectures and symposia offered by fellows and
visitors alike, a great variety of Finnish and international scholars. It
aims to be both a producer and a consumer of high-level research in the
humanities and social sciences, and active especially in the electronic
dissemination of the results of research work.

As an institution, the Helsinki Collegium is unique in Finland. Its
international models include several similar institutes in Europe and North
America, including the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the
Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. The University of Helsinki has been ranked
among the best research universities in Europe. The goal of the Collegium is
to prop up the international role of the University in basic research
concerning basic research in the humanities and social sciences.
For more information, contact Ms Maria Soukkio.

Academic Advisor

Mailing address:
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
P.O. Box 4
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

Tel +358-(0)9-191 24974
Fax +358-(0)9-191 24509
Email maria.soukkio@helsinki.fi

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