Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics

JSBE Visiting Scholar Program

Applications are invited for non-stipendiary visiting scholar program at the Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics (JSBE).

The JSBE Visiting Scholar Program is aimed at scholars in established posts in other universities or similar academic institutions who are on study leave (e.g., sabbatical visits). However, doctoral students can also apply. The length of the visit is normally from one month to a full academic year (typically 1–4 months).

Visiting scholars must be hosted by a faculty member at the JSBE, who will serve as the scholar's academic adviser and provide guidance during the research visit. The faculty host is the person with whom you hope to collaborate on research project(s) of mutual interest (e.g. write a joint paper). Thus, the host should specialize in the same research area as the visiting scholar. It is the responsibility of the applicant to locate a faculty host. Information about the JSBE faculty can be found at the JSBE faculty page.

A visiting scholar appointment is a non-stipendiary position. That is, visiting scholars are required to provide their own support funds. Visiting scholars are typically funded by their own universities or other employers, private grant-making institutions or government programs. However, we do not charge a fee from your visit at the JSBE.

What can we offer?

  • Visiting scholars may participate in seminars lectures, and other events at our school, and use the JSBE's mail-room and copy machines.
  • A computer account allows you to use the university's computing network for e-mail and internet access.
  • You may use university’s library facilities, including access to electronic holdings, databases and journals.
  • You may access to most packages and databases for which the JSBE or University of Jyväskylä holds licenses.
  • You may present your paper at the faculty seminar (such as the JSBE-seminar).
  • You also have shared administrative support.

Information on the University of Jyväskylä guest apartments are provided here (in Finnish here).

So far we have managed to offer (shared or own) office space for our post-doc visitors.

Applying for the program

To apply, interested scholars should first find a host from the JSBE (i.e. faculty member with expertise in your area of research), then compile the following items:

  • Visiting Scholar Program application form completed (template is available in doc and odt formats).
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.
  • Doctoral students will also need a letter of recommendation e-mailed to us directly by the referee(s) - the format is free.

and then e-mail them to research coordinator, Dr. Mika Haapanen (mika.p.haapanen(ät)jyu.fi).

All visiting scholars must be proficient in the use of the English language. It would be helpful to us if you could provide evidence of competence in the use of English (e.g. previous visit to in an English speaking university). This rule applies particularly for doctoral students.

Note that only e-mailed applications will be processed. You will receive an email of acknowledgment soon after the receipt of your application.

Note that doctoral students can also seek the fellowship of CIMO together with the host from JSBE.


Applications are reviewed at least four times a year. Deadlines for review are February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15. Normally, the applications are expected arrive two or three months before the intended visit. However, we encourage you to apply early, up to a full year before.

Selection criteria

In selecting applicants for visiting scholarship status, the JSBE Research Council considers the nature of the applicant's proposal (including the anticipated research output(s)), the expected duration of their research, prior academic experience and the contribution that the visit will have to the research environment of the JSBE.

Applicants will be informed about the decision regarding their visiting status soon after the application deadline. Approved applicants will receive a formal invitation letter.

Unfortunately the JSBE cannot provide assistance in an application for a visa or work permit for the purpose of the visit.

Contact information

If you have any questions about the JSBE Visiting Scholar Program, please contact research coordinator, Dr. Mika Haapanen (mika.p.haapanen (at) jyu.fi). Please note that July is the summer vacation month in Finland.

Future and past visitors

  • Dr. Tarja Viitanen, senior lecturer, University of Otago, New Zealand, 3.8. - 7.9.2015
  • Professor Guido Heineck, University of Bamberg, Germany, 13.4. - 18.5.2015 or 20.4. - 25.5.2015
  • Professor Tomi Ovaska, Youngstown State University, Ohio, USA, 5.2. - 5.3.2015
  • Dr. Aurelija Stelmokiené, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania, 2.12. - 20.12.2013
  • Dr. Pablo F. Salvador, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina, 1.6. - 24.6.2012



JSBE research seminar

Seminar for everyone interested in high quality research in economics and business economics (program).