Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences

Fulbright Finland, University of Eastern Finland, and Saastamoinen Foundation offer a unique opportunity for international academic collaboration in Health and Environmental Sciences.

Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences

The application period for the academic year 2019-2020 has been extended until September 12, 2018.

Fulbright Finland encourages potential applicants to contact the office directly with any questions.

Roger Coulombe, 2011-2012 Fulbright-Saastamoinen Grantee, in the Fubright Finland News 2/2012:

"It was an opportunity of a lifetime to be plugged-in to Finland's renowned biomedical research enterprise, outsized for such a relatively small country."

Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grantees Shalom Michaeli and Suzanna Bräuer visited University of Eastern Finland Kuopio Campus in 2014-2015: Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant speeded up development of safer deep brain stimulation / Wetlands and culture brought Suzanna Bräuer to Finland


  • Invitation letters
  • Preparing for a Fulbright scholar's visit

The Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences is available for lecturing and research visits of 5-9 months at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF).


Medical Sciences, Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Environmental Health, Biomedicine, Medical Physics, Nursing Science.

Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Environmental Physics, Environmental Policy and Law, and Forestry.

The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is a multidisciplinary research university, which has recognized e.g. the following global challenges: “Aging, Lifestyles and Health” and “Environmental Change and Sufficiency of Natural Resources”. According to the UEF’s Strategy the university is seeking solutions through its scientific research and research based education to these challenges.

At UEF, research in both health and environmental sciences is extremely multidisciplinary by nature. The field of health sciences comprises clinical medicine, molecular medicine, medical physics, pharmacy, nursing science, and research on health economics and management. The field of environmental sciences, covers a wide range of expertise not only in natural sciences, forestry, biology, environmental physics, environmental chemistry and environmental health, but also in social sciences, for example research on sustainable use of natural resources, and environmental policy and law.


In 2017, UEF has been ranked #54 by THE and #61-70 by QS among the world’s best young universities. In QS University Ranking by Subject, UEF was ranked #42 in Nursing,  #101-150 in Agriculture & Forestry, as well as #201-250 in Pharmacy and Pharmacology, #251-300 in Medicine, #251-300 in Educational Sciences (2017).


Aerosols, Climate Change and Human Health; Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases; Neurosciences; Musculoskeletal Disorders; Forests Global Change and Bioeconomy; Sustainable Governance of Natural Resources; http://www.uef.fi/en/research/researchareas2015-2020

Description of Activity

The award includes research and teaching at:

Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Science and Forestry

Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies

Other Research Units

Applicants are encouraged to contact the departments for more information.

The award is offered for a period of 5-9 months, starting in either September or January. The academic year runs from September through mid-May. No teaching is generally offered during June to August. Applicants interested in a Flex grant are advised to contact the Fulbright Finland and University of Eastern Finland for more information.


The University of Eastern Finland is one of the largest universities in Finland. The university has two main campuses in the cities of Joensuu and Kuopio, located 400 kilometers northeast of Helsinki. UEF’s campuses are significant research and innovation centres, and in the close vicinity of the campuses, several national-level research institutes, e.g. the National Institute of Health and Welfare and the National Institute of Occupational Health as well as the Kuopio University Hospital, the European Forest Institute, technology parks and knowledge-based enterprises are housing their activities.

The city of Kuopio (founded 1775) is a modern, developing center of economic life, scientific knowledge, and technological expertise in Eastern Finland. A unique natural setting and a high quality of life make it an appealing place to live. It is the eighth largest city in Finland with about 120,000 inhabitants. The city of Joensuu (founded 1848) is a vibrant and growing high-tech center close to the Russian border. Joensuu is home of 58,000 inhabitants and there urban lifestyle and quiet rural areas live side by side.

The Fulbright program in Finland was a very exciting scientific and learning experience. This visit (at the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio) was extremely productive and have strengthened our collaboration. As a result, our collaborative project which include Finland, Italy and Czech republic just got funded by EU grant.

This was a wonderful working and cultural experience for me. I learned a new (for me) culture, which is very interesting and unique in many aspects. To work with Finnish people is a real pleasure!

Shalom Michaeli, Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences, Fulbright Finland 2014-2015 American Scholar

Photo: Professor Olli Gröhn and Rector Jukka Mönkkönen from the University of Eastern Finland together with Shalom Michaeli


My Fulbright Finland grant at the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio has been a transformative experience for me. I have been able to meet extraordinary people, form long-lasting professional and personal relationships, and enhance my cultural background. The only regret I have is that the wonderful time I had in Finland flew too quickly.

Sergey Nizkorodov, Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences, Fulbright Finland 2016 - 2017 American Scholar


The Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health Sciences is available for lecturing and research visits of 5-9 months. It includes a monthly award of 5,000 euros, free housing, and round-trip travel. The grantee will also be eligible, free of charge, to participate in a Fulbright Finland pre-approved summer school in Finland consisting of courses on Finnish language, culture and society, pending availability of suitable programs. Additionally, the Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation grantee will receive the full support services provided by Fulbright Finland for all Fulbright grantees in Finland.

The grant is funded in co-operation by the University of Eastern Finland, the Saastamoinen Foundation, and Fulbright Finland, the Finnish Fulbright Commission. The Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health Sciences is a special grant within the Fulbright U.S. Core Scholar Program administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). Further information is available at www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards. Please note, that you have to make yourself a "My Fulbright" profile in order to access the program details and the Catalog of Awards.


Rank of full or associate professor.


Instructions and application forms are available through CIES/IIE.Through the Fulbright Core Scholar Program two grants are awarded annually for scholars in Health and Environmental Sciences to lecture and conduct research at the University of Eastern Finland.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES/IIE) pre-screens the applications in the U.S. and forwards the recommended applications to Fulbright Finland for final selection. Additional information, including application materials, are available from the CIES/IIE website.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Catalog of Awards: https://awards.cies.org/

Assistance and Additional Information

NOTE: July is traditionally a summer vacation month in Finland and responses to inquiries be delayed. Applicants are advised to contact the Finnish host institution well ahead of time to solicit an invitation letter for their application.

University of Eastern Finland

Primary point of contact:

Ms. Anitta Etula
Head of International Relations, UEF
tel: +358 50 5905 012

Dr. Riikka Pellinen
Executive Head of Administration
Faculty of Health Sciences, UEF
tel: +358 403552453

Dr. Arja Hirvonen
Executive Head of Administration
Faculty of Forest and Natural Sciences, UEF
tel: +358 447163422

Ms. Ulla Hurskainen
Executive Head of Administration
Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, UEF
tel: +358 505125238

Fulbright Finland

Ms. Emmi Jelekäinen
Program Coordinator

Hakaniemenranta 6
FI-00530 Helsinki
tel: +358 44 5535 286

Please let us know if we can provide any further information about this grant in particular or about the Finnish-American Fulbright program in general.

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES/IIE)

1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

Helpful Web Links

CIES - General information on Finland
University of Eastern Finland

City of Kuopio
City of Joensuu
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