Join the Union

Membership in the Union is open to individuals who have been appointed to a university professorship or hold a comparable position as a researcher or teacher. A person who is in a temporary employment relationship can be approved as a member.

A person who has been selected to a professor's tenure track can be approved as a member of the union when he or she has reached the next to last stage on the tenure track. The title in this case is most often associate professor.

Employees of state research institutes who work as professors or research professors are eligible for membership in the Finnish Union of University Professors. Appointment to such tasks typically requires the employees in question to have undergone an evaluation of their scientific merit.

Membership eligibility will be considered individually in the following cases:
- Those employed as research directors or in comparable positions at State research institutions;
- Those employed as research professors, research directors or in comparable positions for research organisations other than State research institutions;
- Those employed in a part-time professorship that is equivalent to less than 25 per cent of a full-time professorship;
- Those employed under the title Professor of Practice.A membership application submitted by a research institute employee must be accompanied by (1) a resume, which details the applicant's professional career, evaluations of scientific merit, possible docenture, PhD thesis supervision work as well as other scientific activities. Also needed are (2) a list of publications (3) and a description of the applicant's current professional duties. E-mail these documents to Head of Union Affairs Raija Pyykkö (raija.pyykko (at) professoriliitto.fi).


A printable version of the membership application and the proxy granting the employer the authority to deduct the membership fee from your salary are found at the end of this page. These documents should be signed and returned by mail, or by e-mail, to the office of the Union located at Rautatieläisenkatu 6, FI-00520 Helsinki. The e-mail address of the union is professoriliitto (at) professoriliitto.fi.

Direct withholding by the employer is the most convenient way to pay your membership fees. Once you issue a letter of authorisation to the Union, your employer will withhold the membership fee automatically and directly from your salary and pay it to the Union.

Union membership fees are tax-deductible. The Union will automatically provide the tax authorities with information on paid membership fees.

Sending an encrypted message to the Finnish Union of University Professors

You can send an email message with sensitive information (e.g. membership fee proxy, fee or travel expenses form) to the Union encrypted via this link https://www.securemail.fi

Any attachment should be in jpg, png, pdf or tif format. The attachment can also be a cell-tagged, detailed image of the entire document, which clearly shows all the information in the attachment.

The use of the encryption link requires registration. Upon registering, you will receive a message to your email address containing a personalized link to the service. The link is valid for 10 days at a time.

Application for membership

Please note that by filling out this form you are giving your consent that the Union applies the information you provide in your membership matters. All information will be treated confidentially.

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I am also a member of the following AKAVA union, which will entitle me to a reduction in membership fees of the Union of Finnish University Professors:

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Membership in an unemployment fund is included in your Union membership. As a member of an unemployment fund, you have the opportunity, in case of unemployment or redundancy, to receive a daily allowance in proportion to your earnings. You may be a member of one unemployment fund.

If You want to resign the previous trade union, please contact the union directly.

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