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03 Jul 2011

Finnish Literature Society (SKS)

The SKS is an international research institute, national memory organisation and national cultural organisation.

SKS consists of:

SKS's primary functions are the research and promotion of Finnish oral tradition, the Finnish language and literature.

The Finnish Literature Society has four funds that it uses to provide grants and awards for the research and advancement of the Society’s key fields of folklore and literature. The SKS also supports students in these fields. FILI – Finnish Literature Information Centre, supports the translation of literature through a variety of grants.

The SKS Award for Outstanding Achievement will be awarded once every five years to a deserving individual as recognition of their exceptional lifetime’s work in the research and advancement of Finnish culture. The special prize will be awarded for the first tie in 2006 to mark the Society’s 175th anniversary.

The award from the Aleksis Kivi Fund is usually granted every three years (the next time in 2005) to a deserving Finnish writer. The entire output of the writer is taken into account when making the award decision.

The Elias Lönnrot Fund makes literary awards or scholarships every second year (the next time in 2006). The decision to make an award or grant primarily takes into consideration publications, both those already published and ones still under preparation, concerning research into Finnish culture and cultural heritage – especially work focusing on language, folklore and literature.

The Martti Haavio and Aale Tynni Fund awards a scholarship every second year (next time in 2007) primarily to young researchers of folklore or literature.

The Samuli Paulaharju Fund grants awards every second year (next time in 2006) to deserving collectors of oral poetry or field researchers, or funds are made available as grants for field work into the research and documentation of oral tradition.

FILI – Finnish Literature Information Centre, awards translation grants every year for translating Finnish literature into foreign languages and for the translating foreign literature and non-fiction into Finnish. FILI awards travel grants and financial support for translating extracts to foreign translators. Detailed information on the grants, their application procedures and deadlines are published on FILI’s Internet pages.