Researchers, teachers and academic experts – welcome to the Union!

The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers (FUURT) is a professional organisation and trade union for researchers, teachers and other academic experts at universities and research institutions. FUURT is the right union for all university researchers and teachers regardless of their career stage.

  • Within the universities, the Union is present to support and assist its members with an extensive and competent network of Union shop stewards and advisors right within the workplace, a benefit not provided by other unions.
  • The Union negotiates with the Employers’ Association of Universities in Finland on the wages and other employment terms and conditions of university personnel.
  • The Union is heard in the Parliament concerning any matters that are related to university or higher education and science policies.
  • The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Academy of Finland request statements from the Union on key university and science policy issues.
  • The Union played a significant role in ensuring that those who work on grant or scholarship funding are included within the scope of statutory pension and accident insurance.
  • The Union actively lobbies, both publicly and through its interest groups, on issues such as the position of fixed-term employees, the status of early career researchers, the employment of doctorate holders, and the funding of universities and science in general.

An extensive association network in 12 cities

Through our 16 member associations, the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers has local activities in Espoo, Helsinki, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Oulu, Tampere, Turku, Vaasa and Rovaniemi. Three of our member associations are nationwide: the Information Academics (Informaatioalan Akateemiset, INA), the Finnish Association of Academic Researchers (Suomen akateemisten tutkijoiden yhdistys, SATY) and the Suomen ammattikorkeakoulujen tieteentekijät, Samkot ry.

You can join the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers through one of its many member associations.

See all member associations here.


With the same application you apply to become a member of FUURT, one of our member associations and the Unemployment Fund for Education and Science. The board of the member association in question decides on its new members and notifies them in writing of the decision.

Membership officially begins, at the earliest, on the date when the written application for membership is submitted. You can also choose a date when you wish your membership to begin. Please note, however, that you cannot join retroactively. Please take notice also about our  Membership fees  and  Membership benefits.


Membership benefits

As a member of FUURT, you can take advantage of the versatile member services and benefits.

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Membership fees

The membership fee is 1% of the primary wages subject to withholding tax, however for a minimum of 96 euro and maximum of 600* euro per year. The membership fee is collected from all wages subject to withholding tax, including holiday compensations, holiday pay, fringe benefits and severance packages in termination situations. The membership fee is not collected from bonuses, options or incentives. Paid and unpaid time does not have to be combined in the membership fee for the same month, but the membership fee is either a% of the salary or at least 8 € / month.

*Based on the decision by the autumn meeting of ITTE, the membership fee ceiling does not apply to their members.

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Updating membership details

Please inform us of any changes to your membership details, such as a changed employment relationship or contact information, so that we can maintain an up‑to‑date member register.

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