How to Apply

Thank you for your interest.

The Lakehead University Chair in Finnish Studies Advisory Committee is not accepting applications at this time. We anticipate opening up a competition during Fall 2024 for the 2025-26 Academic year. Please check back.

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Chairs in Finnish Studies are chosen by the Advisory Committee through an open competition. The Committee also negotiates with the faculties and departments that host the successful applicants. Chairs must hold a PhD and have a significant research profile. The Chair is provided with a stipend, travel funds, and research support for the time they are at Lakehead University. Finnish Chairs teach at least one-half course per term in their field of expertise.

Chairs are expected to make significant contributions to Lakehead University's vibrant research culture and engage in impactful public outreach. Chairs also play a pivotal role in teaching and fostering academic excellence. They actively participate in public presentations in Thunder Bay and other locations, serving as influential representatives of Lakehead University. Moreover, Chairs are encouraged to share their expertise by engaging in teaching activities, mentoring students, and contributing to the academic development of the local community. They also immerse themselves in the rich Finnish culture, becoming active members of the local Finnish community. This commitment extends beyond their term as Chair, as they continue to maintain meaningful connections with Lakehead faculty. Further details about the Chair in Finnish Studies and their multifaceted role can be explored at

The stipend for the position depends on the nature of the application, the budget provided by the applicant, and any conditions of leave from the visiting professor's home university. Funding is available for reasonable accommodation at a subsidized cost and reasonable research funding. Return travel costs for the Chair and immediate family are also covered by the Chair Fund, as are appropriate library and travel costs associated with the Chair's activities.

Applications Closed.

Using the submission link below, please submit applications in English as one electronic PDF file that includes each of the following:

  • cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae
  • summary of teaching, outreach, and research plans while at Lakehead University (five pages maximum)
  • budget (including expected salary)
  • three academic letters of reference - References should be from established scholars qualified to provide detailed comments on your research, scholarship, and the merits of your project in relation to the mandate of the Chair in Finnish Studies. Applicants are
  • responsible for ensuring the letters reach the Committee by the deadline.

This position is subject to budgetary approval and the successful applicant obtaining the required permits and VISAs before arriving.
For further information, please contact the Chair in Finnish Studies Advisory Committee at


Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.