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Changes to your grant or scholarship work

Are changes being made to your grant or scholarship work? Notify both Mela and the issuer of your grant or scholarship about any changes during the insurance period.

Changes requiring notification include:

  • Discontinuation or conclusion of your grant or scholarship work ahead of schedule.
  • Changes to how your grant or scholarship funds are used.
  • Changes to the country in which your work is performed.

You can notify Mela using the form Application due to a change in circumstances. Based on the information you provide in your application, we will then determine whether changes to your insurance are required.

You can submit the application electronically using our e-services (Finnish, Swedish) or as a secure e-mail attachment, or by post.

Discontinuation or conclusion of your grant or scholarship work ahead of schedule

The insurance that has been issued to you may be suspended if your grant or scholarship work is interrupted for a period of four months or more due to:

  • Illness or rehabilitation
  • Childbirth or care of a child under the age of 3
  • Paid employment
  • Military or civilian service
  • Other similar reason.

In order for the insurance to be suspended, it must be valid for at least four months before the work is interrupted, and the length of the remaining working period must also be at least four months.

Attach to your application written consent from the issuer of your grant or scholarship

In addition, you will need written consent from the issuer of your grant or scholarship permitting you to interrupt your work. The consent should be attached to the form Application due to a change in circumstances. Both documents can be submitted electronically using our e-services (in Finnish or Swedish) or as an attachment using Mela’s secure e-mail service.

Premature termination of your insurance

The insurance that has been issued to you may be terminated prematurely if you do not use your grant or scholarship funds in their entirety. Submit the form Application due to a change in circumstances to Mela after you have notified the issuer of your grant or scholarship about the premature conclusion of your work. The consent of the issuer should be attached to the application.

Changes to how your grant or scholarship funds will be used

If the way in which your grant or scholarship funds will be used changes during the insurance period, notify Mela using the form Application due to a change in circumstances.

Changes to the country in which your work is performed

You should also notify Mela if the country in which your grant or scholarship work is performed changes. Further information about work abroad can be found here: Working abroad on a grant or scholarship.

Termination of insurance due to retirement or discontinuation of social security

Your insurance will be terminated upon commencement of your old age pension or if you are no longer covered by Finnish social security.

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