Mission and Vision


The Fulbright Center mission is to expand Finnish-North American collaboration through exchanges of talent and knowledge.


The Fulbright Center vision is to empower the minds that will find global solutions to tomorrow’s challenges by fostering academic and professional expertise and excellence in leadership.

The Fulbright Center
(Finland-US Educational Exchange Commission FUSEEC)

The Fulbright Center (the binational Fulbright Commission in Helsinki, Finland) is a service organization that specializes in cultural exchange between Finland and North America.  The Center administers grant programs and provides advising, training and information services for students, researchers and working professionals. The year 2012 marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Fulbright agreement between Finland and the United States.

The Fulbright Center is an independent, private, not-for-profit organization funded by the Finnish, U.S. and Canadian governments, the Finland-America Educational Trust Fund founded by the U.S. and Finnish governments, and increasingly by private Finnish foundations and Finnish higher education institutions. 80 % of the Fulbright Center funding comes from Finland.

The Fulbright Center Board of Directors consists of eight members appointed by the Finnish Ministry of Education and the U.S. Embassy in Finland. The U.S. Ambassador to Finland serves as the Honorary Chair of the Board. The Fulbright Center has a staff of six.

FUSEEC Founding Document

The Finland-US Educational Exchange Commission (FUSEEC, known as the Fulbright Center since 1997) was legally founded by the exchange of diplomatic notes in 1985. This action amended the 1952 agreement under which Finland had joined the international Fulbright program. FUSEEC Founding Document

Grant Programs

The Fulbright Center currently awards USD 1.2 million in scholarships to Finnish and American students, researchers, and professionals. The largest grant program is the ASLA-Fulbright program.

During its over 60 years of operation, the Fulbright Center has sent over 3 700 Finnish grantees with different fields of expertise to the U.S. Among these are many who have significantly influenced present-day social, cultural and economic life. Over 1 800 Americans have come to Finland on a Fulbright grant, including architect Daniel Libeskind, poet Robert Creeley, and Librarian of Congress James Billington.

During the academic year 2014-2015, the Fulbright Center programs will involve approximately 80 Finnish and American students, researchers, teachers and experts.

Consultation and Expertise

In addition to grant programs, the Fulbright Center provides information, advising and consultation for the Finnish audience on educational possibilities in the United States and, respectively, for the North American audience on opportunities in Finland. Annually the Center provides training and information services around Finland with over 4 000 client contacts per year.


Fulbright Center Goals

Goal I. Provide the highest quality educational and professional exchanges.

Goal II. Provide the highest quality advising, training, and expertise.

Goal III. Identify and optimize promotional activities that advance the mission and goals of the Fulbright Center.

Goal IV. Identify and strengthen partnerships that advance the mission and goals of the Fulbright Center.

Goal V. Assure that the Fulbright Center operates as an effective, efficient, and appropriately funded organization.