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 2018-19 begins February 8, 2017, and ends August 1, 2017.

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), http://www.uef.fi/en/etusivu.


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 2016, UEF has been ranked #46 by QS and #63 by THE among the world’s best young universities. In QS University Ranking by Subject, UEF was ranked #51-100 in Agriculture & Forestry and in Nursing, as well as #101-150 in Pharmacy and Pharmacology, #201-250 in Medicine, #251-300 in Biological Sciences and in Environmental Sciences (2016).


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, http://www.uef.fi/en/uef/ttdk

Faculty of Science and Forestry http://www.uef.fi/en/uef/lumet

Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies http://www.uef.fi/en/uef/yhka

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, University of Eastern Finland 2014-2015

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


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.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) 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 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.

Fulbright Finland

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.

University of Eastern Finland

Primary point of contact:

Ms. Anitta Etula
Director, Centre for International Relations, UEF
tel: +358 50 5905 012

Prof. Hilkka Soininen
Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, UEF
tel: +358 40 5735 749

Prof. Jukka Jurvelin
Dean of the Faculty of Forest and Natural Sciences, UEF
tel: +358 40 3539 282

Prof. Harri Siiskonen
Dean Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, UEF
tel: +358 40 0577 453

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

1400 K Street, NW, Ste 700
Washington DC 20005, United States

Institute of International Education

Ms. Jennifer Bhiro
Program Officer, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
tel. +1.202.686.4006

Helpful Web Links

CIES - General information on Finland

University of Eastern Finland

City of Kuopio

This is Finland - Finnish culture, politics, history, society etc.

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