Student Life

Enabling excellence for the future – through research

(photo: Tapio Anttonen)

The purpose of the Student Life concept of the University of Jyväskylä is to develop studying conditions and help students to progress in their studies. This work is done by departments and units as part of their basic functions and by the Student Life development team with the help of a large cooperation network. The development of Student Life activities is based on research. As a result, we have collected material that may interest you as a research target.

The application time has been extended to Sunday June 10, 12:00 p.m.

Student Life research grants 2018 now open for application

The Student Life steering group announces three EUR 15,000 grants open for application

Research to develop studying and studying conditions

With this funding, we wish to support and initiate research on the development of studying or studying conditions. The research topics must support the Student Life targets, that is, to increase understanding on factors that affect study progress, to improve the role or studying conditions of students or to improve the progress of studies at the University of Jyväskylä.  You may suggest your own topic or connect your work to the Student Life development themes described on our website.

Please notice that the development of teaching contents and pedagogics is excludedfrom the range of research topics.


also the Student Life Master's theses grants applicable now.

Applicants and grants

All staff of the University – researchers, postgraduate students, teachers and other staff – are eligible to apply for the funding. Three EUR 15,000 grants are available. The grants will be paid to the departments of grantees.

Available research materials

To broaden cooperation in research, we invite all who are interested in the development of studying to benefit from the Student Life research materials, for example, by using ready materials or applying a new research angle. The available material is described at

Purpose and use of the funding

  • The research grants can be applied for research (e.g. for a period free of teaching) or research support (e.g. for hiring a research assistant). The grants are paid to departments, not directly to persons.
  • Research may be based on existing Student Life materials or something completely new.
  • In the application, the applicant must present an estimate of the end result of research.
  • The progress of research must be reported to the Student Life steering group.
  • The research work may continue on May 31, 2019 at latest.

Apply using the online form by Sunday June 10, 2018 (extended)

To apply for a research grant, use the online form at

All applications must include an approval for the work plan from the dean/head of the unit. The application period ends on Sunday June 10, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (UTC+2).

The application must include:

  • Description of the study
  • Description how the Student Life data material will be used (if used)
  • Plan for using the grant
  • The applicant’s estimation of the final results and the applicability of the results in the Student Life work.

    The applicant must also submit his/her CV as an attachment.

    Selection and decision

    The Student Life steering group will evaluate all applications and select three research projects for funding. The following will be considered when evaluating applications:

    • Feasibility of the application
    • End result from the perspective of the Student Life development activities
    • Utilisation of materials created within the Student Life concept.

    Priority is given to applications in which development rests on a theoretical or research-based background and which aim at international publications or presentations.

    Student Life grants for master’s theses

    At the same time with these research grants, there are three EUR 1,500 grants applicable for master’s theses on the development of studies and studying conditions. More information is available on the master's thesis grants 2018 site

    Further information

    Vice-Rector Marja-Leena Laakso, Director of Strategic Planning and Development Kari Pitkänen and Student Life Coordinator Tapio Anttonen.

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    Facts about Student Life


    You're in good hands

    Student Life is a joint effort of the University of Jyväskylä and its partners to create optimal conditions for successful studies and overall well-being for students. Read more about the Student Life concept, activities and development work:


    The Student Life concept is part of the Division of Strategic Planning & Development

    More information

    • Vice Rector Marja-Leena Laakso
    • Director of Strategic Planning & Development Kari Pitkänen
    • Planning Coordinator Tapio Anttonen