On 9 June 1997, the Parliament set up a fund to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Autonomy.
The purpose of the Jubilee Fund is to support education and research at postgraduate level by annually awarding individual scholarships for studies or scientific research at post-graduate level to recipients who are resident in the region or whose studies or research are of particular interest to the region.
The Parliament Office Commission of the Parliament of Åland announces annually, through advertisements in the local newspapers and through publication in the Aurora funding database for science and art, when the applications for scholarships must be submitted to the Parliament Office.
A solemn distribution ceremony is traditionally arranged every year on 9 June in connection with the Parliament's celebration of the Autonomy Day.
Current scholarships are listed in our news
For more information, please contact Susanne Eriksson, Director of the Parliament, tel: +358 (0)18 25331
Research of particular interest to the region
Below are examples of research that may be of particular interest to the region. This list is a sketch of ideas drawn up on the basis of proposals received from politicians and officials. It has not been the subject of treatment and decision-making by any legislative body:
- Different types of comparative studies between the world's different autonomies with a focus on how they work in practice and what room for manoeuvre the mother states give them. Particularly interesting examples here could be autonomous systems where one interacts with the motherland in an inoffensive and positive way, thus a win-win situation.
- Analyses and comparative studies of how small-scale economies perform compared to larger economies, and how to achieve a successful economy and a good standard of living despite smallness of the population and a small-scale business life.
- Research on what needs to be changed and adapted in the region in the event that Åland were to be reunited – while maintaining autonomy – with Sweden.
- Everything linked to Åland's status (autonomy, demilitarisation/neutralisation, the special components within the system, such as local law/land acquisition, the EU dimension, including the historical aspects).
- Population of Åland (migration movements in both directions and their socio-economic consequences).
- Common diseases in Åland (such as haemophilia, genetic side of the diseases, and everything connected to ticks and their "host animals").
- Environmental research that has a scope for Åland, especially on the water issues.
- Coupling self-government and economics.
- Comparative studies with other autonomies.
- Åland as a church country, sports country.
- An inquiry into the treaty law and other legal alternatives to enable the status quo regarding demilitarisation and neutralisation in the event of future NATO membership.
- Advantages and disadvantages of introducing own country code for telephone communications.
- Problems caused by the use of the ax code and suggestions for possible measures.
The communication on Policy for Åland's demilitarisation and neutralisation mentions that the following areas could be investigated:
- Relationship of paramilitary forces with demilitarisation and neutralisation.
- Interpretation of Article 4b of the 1921 Convention with regard to terrorist attacks.
- How can the region's influence over the demilitarisation conventions be secured – through an amendment to the Autonomy Act or in another way.