Mid-Career Professional Development Program

The Mid-Career Professional Development Program (MCPD) is intended for professionals and specialists in various fields.

The application period for the academic year 2019-20 begins on March 1, 2018, and ends on August 1, 2018.


Resources for the host institution regarding invitation letters and arranging the scholar's visit are available in both English and Finnish.

Photo: Leah Beeferman

Read more about Leah Beeferman's experiences as an MCPD Grantee in Finland in 2016-2017:

  • Read about her experiences on her blog
  • Read her article on the Fulbright Finland News Magazine 1/2017
  • See photos of her work on her website

See Fulbright Finland videos on our YouTube Channel:


The grant is meant for professionals in all fields. However, proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact are not eligible.

Description of Grant Activity

The aim of the grant is to allow professionals in various fields to take a sabbatical leave of four to five months from normal work duties to pursue further education or training that would enhance their professional development and the field at large. The applicants should be at a point in their careers when maximum benefit will ensue from this period of professional enrichment. The focus of the grant cannot aimed at academic research or lecturing projects.

The applicant should create a project that may include studies, practical experience in actual operations, visits to organizations in the applicant's professional field, public lectures, or other appropriate professional experiences. The applicant's project plan should include a concrete description of the planned activities during the grant period as well as the expected benefits for completing the project for the applicant and his/her professional field.


Applicants must arrange affiliation and include a letter of invitation from the host institution in Finland. Possible affiliations include government organizations, universities, museums, art institutions, nonprofits and private businesses, among others.


The MCPD grant is awarded for 4-5 months and it carries a monthly stipend of USD 2,700. The grant also includes a one-time travel allowance of USD 1,800. The MCPD grantees will receive the full support services provided by Fulbright Finland for all Fulbright grantees in Finland. In this grant category, the candidate is responsible for arranging the housing required for his/her stay.


The application is made to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES/IIE) by the deadline through their on-line application system. Additional information and application guidelines can be found on the CIES/IIE website and Catalog of Awards. CIES/IIE pre-screens the applications in the U.S. and forwards the recommended applications to Fulbright Finland for final selection.

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.

I had an absolutely fascinating session in Kitee today with hundreds of students and teachers. Amazing experience and brilliant questions. The Fulbright experience continues to exceed my expectations, which were stratospheric to begin with!

William Doyle, Mid-Career Professional Development grant to University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, 2015. Photo: Fulbright Speaker Program at Kiteen lukio, September 24, 2015.

Photographer: Niilo Hirvonen, Kiteen lukio


Further information

Fulbright Finland
Ms. Emmi Jelekäinen, Program Coordinator
tel. +358 44 5535 275

American Mid-Career Professional Development Program Grantees in Finland:


Woityra, William
A Study of Icebreaking Infrastructure and Management as They Relate to Arctic Maritime Safety
U.S. Coast Guard, DC
Finnish Transport Agency, Helsinki
4 months, beginning January 2018


Beeferman, Leah
Project: Non-Measureable Objects
Independent Artist
Titanik Gallery; University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts; and Sorbus Gallery
8 months, beginning October 2016


Doyle, William
Project: Global Education Forum: The Schools of Tomorrow
New York Public Library, NY
University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu
5 months, beginning August 2015


Hoddie, Matthew
International Relations
Project: Designed for Democracy: Power Sharing and Democracy in Post-Civil War States
Towson University , Towson, MD
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
4 months, beginning February 2014

Mikulec, Erin
Project: An immersion experience in Finnish secondary teacher education
Illinois State University, Normal, IL
University of Helsinki
5 months, beginning January 2014


Kadish, Lesley
Project: Evaluating the Impact of Design and Geospatial Technologies on History Museum Audiences
Minnesota Historical Society
WeeGee Exhibition Center
5 months, beginning September 2012. Received an extension grant from February until May 2013


Helling, John
Library and Information Science
Project: Finnish National Library Policy as Model for Best Practices in the United States
Bloomfield Public Library
Helsinki City Library
5 months, fall semester

Lindquist, Thea
Library and Information Science
Project: Digital Historical Collections, Geospatial-Temporal Approaches and the Semantic Web
University of Colorado, Boulder
Aalto University
4 months, fall semester