Grantee Categories

In Addition

A number of inter-country travel grant recipients, American Fulbright scholars from other European countries, will visit Finland to lecture at local institutions.

Grant amounts, regulations, and local arrangements differ for these categories.

Grantees receive and accept the specific conditions of their personal grants. Should you have any questions concerning your entitlement, please contact the Fulbright Center.

American grantees currently fall into one of six categories

 

1. Bicentennial Chair

Financing and other arrangements for the Bicentennial Chair are divided between Fulbright Finland and the University of Helsinki. The Bicentennial grant includes housing at the Fulbright Bicentennial Residence, a fully furnished and equipped apartment in the heart of Helsinki, within walking distance to the University. The Bicentennial Residence is owned by Finland-America Educational Trust Fund.

2. Lecturers and Researchers (Including the Core and Distinguished Chair programs)

Normally, the host professor or the International Coordinator at the university will have contacted the grantee about local arrangements before the grantee arrives in Finland. If you do not hear from your host institution within a reasonable time after receipt of your grant documents, please contact Fulbright Finland.

Personnel from the host institution will make arrangements for the local orientation and settling in of the grantee and any dependents. The host institution is responsible for arranging and paying for reasonable accommodations for the grantee and dependents. This is one matter you should double-check with both your institution and the Fulbright Finland office as soon as you arrive in Finland.

3. Specialists

The Fulbright Specialists Program offers grants for a period of 2–6 weeks to collaborate with Finnish institutions. The grantee should know their institutional affiliation well before arrival in Finland. The administration of the Specialist Program is handled by the Council of International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) in the United States and, differing from all other grant categories, CIES is responsible for the grantee's monthly allowance (honorarium) and travel grant. As the grant is not paid by Fulbright Finland and the grant period is fairly short, there is no need for the grantee to establish a bank account in Finland.

Local arrangements should be coordinated and finalized by the inviting Finnish institution and the grantee. By now you should know who your contact person is at the institution, if not, please contact Fulbright Finland. Once you have agreed upon the scope of work and the schedule with your Finnish host, please submit the Confirmation of Scope of Work form to CIES and your host institution with a cc to Fulbright Finland. The form is available at the grantee section on the CIES website.

The Finnish host is responsible for arranging and paying for the grantee's accommodation and meals while in Finland. Please consult your host for details. If family members are to join the Specialist on his/her visit, any lodging and cost arrangements should be discussed and agreed upon with the host institution prior to the visit. (The host is not automatically expected to cover local costs resulting from joining family members.)

Personnel from the host institution will make arrangements for the local orientation and settling in of the grantee. CIES will provide the grantee with information on travel arrangements and payment of the grant allowance.

During your grant period in Finland we would like to invite you to come and visit Fulbright Finland to meet the staff and to share your feedback and experiences. Please give us a call upon arrival in Finland at +358 44 5535 286.

4. Mid-Career Professional Development Grantees

As the institutional affiliation has been prearranged by you, you are probably well on your way to having local arrangements finalized by now. If you do not, please contact the host or the International Coordinator at the institution in question. Personnel from the host institution or organization will make arrangements for the local orientation and settling in of the grantee and any dependents.

If you do not hear from your host institution within a reasonable time after receipt of your grant documents, please contact Fulbright Finland.

5. Students

Students may be fully sponsored by Fulbright Finland or co-sponsored by a Finnish university or a cooperating organization, such as the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) of the Finnish Ministry of Education.

Universities may admit international students in various student categories. This could be, for example, as a guest student, exchange student, visiting student, or degree student. Degree students are usually subdivided in Finland as undergraduate students (perustutkinto-opiskelija – bachelor and master level students) and doctoral students (jatkotutkinto-opiskelija – those who have completed their master’s degree). Different student categories come with different rights and obligations. Make sure you understand the differences of the student categories when you seek admission.

Your student category at the university may also affect the rights and discounts that are available for you. For example, doctoral students are not automatically eligible for discounted meals, local bus/metro fare, and train fare student discounts. Please take this into consideration when budgeting for costs.

Additional Funding for U.S. Student Fulbrighters in Finland

Each year U.S. Student Fulbrighters may apply additional funding from Lois Roth Endowment.

6. Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grantees

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching is a program intended to recognize and encourage excellence in teaching in the United States and abroad. The program sends highly accomplished primary and secondary teachers from the U.S. abroad and brings international teachers to the U.S. for a semester-long program. The administration of this teacher program is handled by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in the United States. IIE is responsible for paying the grantee's monthly stipend and other allowances.

Local academic arrangements should be coordinated and finalized by the hosting Finnish institution and the grantee. Please talk with your host institution if they can help in arranging accommodation.