Tampere University Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarship 2021

Both Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences offer a number of scholarships for fee-paying students in order to provide excellent international students with high-quality, yet affordable, education. Scholarships are not available for students in tailored degree education provided for a third party.

In addition, Tampere University cooperates with organisations which provide scholarships to specific groups of applicants. Information on all scholarships available can be found below.

Tampere University seeks to recognise high-achieving, motivated students. Tampere University Scholarships Programme is intended for students who are required to pay tuition fees in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes offered in English. Scholarships are merit-based and may be awarded primarily at admission to the most successful applicants. A limited number of scholarships is available annually. Some scholarships may also be earned during studies.

Scholarships available at admission

  • Tampere University tuition fee scholarships cover 100% of the tuition fees for the programme duration. The programme duration is
    • three years for Bachelor’s degrees
    • two years for Master’s degrees
    • five years if the study right is granted for both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree.​​​
    The prerequisite for retaining the Tampere University tuition fee scholarship throughout the programme duration is progressing in studies at the normative pace. In order to retain the full tuition fee scholarship in the following year of studies, the recipient must earn at least 55 credits during the academic year as detailed in the personal study plan. If a scholarship recipient completes 50-54 credits during the academic year, his or her scholarship will be reduced to 50% in the following academic year. If a scholarship recipient completes less than 50 credits during the academic year, he or she will be charged the full tuition fee in the following academic year.
  • Early bird scholarships cover 50% of the tuition fee during the first year of studies. This scholarship is available at admission to all fee-paying students, excluding students who have been awarded a Tampere University tuition fee scholarship at admission.

    Students may take advantage of the early bird scholarship by accepting the offered study place and paying 50% of the tuition fee within two weeks after receiving information on admission. This offer is valid only for the first year of studies.

How to apply

Updated 23.11.2020: In order to take into account minor technical issues and to ensure that each and every one of our applicants can reliably access the scholarship application, we have changed the platform we use for the scholarship application. Due to this, we have also had to make minor changes to the scholarship application process. The below instructions have been updated on this date to reflect these changes. Please read through the updated instructions carefully so you can prepare your application at the correct time.

To be considered for the Tampere University tuition fee scholarship, you must apply for the scholarship as part of your application for admission during the application period for admission. For applicants to Master’s programmes, the application period starts on 9 December 2020 at 8.00 GMT +2 and ends on 13 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT +2. For applicants to Bachelor’s programmes, the application period begins on 7 January 2021 at 8.00 GMT +2 and ends on 20 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT +2.

You will apply for Tampere University Scholarships with the same online application you use to apply for admission at To apply for a scholarship, you will be asked to describe in writing on the application form the academic qualifications which support your merit-based scholarship application and your motivation for applying for a Tampere University scholarship (max. number of characters 3500). No additional attachments are required for the scholarship application. 

All application information you submit in your application for admission at, including your educational documents, is available for the admissions committee evaluating your scholarship application. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic overall assessment in which all application information and educational documents as well as the grounds you have given for your scholarship application are taken into consideration and can be decisive. The scholarship applications are processed by admissions committees in the Faculties and a University scholarship council. The decision on the scholarship will be communicated to you together with information on admission.

The early bird scholarship is available to all fee-paying students without a separate application.

Scholarships available during studies

  • During studies, all fee-paying students are eligible to apply for Tampere University tuition fee scholarships covering 50% of tuition fees. The scholarship is awarded to a fee-paying student who completes at least 60 ECTS credits with a GPA of no less than 3/5 in an academic year. Scholarships are awarded after the first year of studies for one year at a time upon application.
  • Tampere University International Advancement Scholarship rewards fee-paying students for making swift progress in studies. It is available annually for students who pay tuition fee for their studies (either full or partial fee, students who are studying on a 100 % tuition fee scholarship are not eligible.

    You may be awarded the International Advancement Scholarship if you complete at least 60 ECTS of studies included in your degree within the academic year or graduate from your degree within the target time for completion (three years for a Bachelor’s degree and two years for Master’s). It is a 1500 € scholarship paid to the student in the autumn semester following the academic year in question or upon graduation. It is possible to earn the scholarship more than once during the normative study time for your degree(s). The Tampere University International Advancement Scholarship is available for students who are admitted to Tampere University in 2021 or later.

The total duration of all Tampere University scholarships may not be longer than the target time for the completion of the degree. The target time for the completion of a bachelor’s degree is three academic years. The target time for the completion of a master’s degree is two academic years.

Please note that students studying in the framework of the following programmes with a scholarship are not eligible for the above-mentioned scholarships:

  • the Erasmus Mundus programme
  • the Fulbright – Tampere University Graduate Award programme*

* Applicants for the Fulbright – Tampere University Graduate Award are eligible to apply for a Tampere University scholarship at admission while they wait for the decision on the Fulbright award and should do so if they wish to be considered for the Tampere University scholarship in case they are not awarded the Fulbright – Tampere University Graduate Award.

Scholarships for U.S. students: Fulbright-Tampere University Graduate Award

The Fulbright Finland Foundation together with Tampere University offer a Fulbright-Tampere University Graduate Award for a U.S. student admitted to a Tampere University Master’s programme. The application deadline for the award is typically in early October. Please notice that if you also wish to be considered for Tampere University Scholarships, you must apply for a Tampere University Scholarship in conjunction with your application for admission. Please see the Fulbright Finland Foundation website for more information on the Fulbright-Tampere University Graduate Award.

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