Fulbright Specialist Program


The Fulbright Specialist Program offers grants for a period of 2 - 6 weeks to collaborate with Finnish institutions on projects such as teaching and lecturing, curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities.

Specialists for 2016-2017

APPLY BY SEPTEMBER 22, 2016, 10.00 a.m. (for visits starting at the earliest in December 2016 (if the Specialist is already enrolled in the Specialists Roster).

Fulbright Specialist Program is Available for the Following Academic Fields:

  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Linguistics/TEFL
  • Archaeology
  • Biology Education
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry Education
  • Communications & Journalism
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Economics
  • Engineering Education
  • Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Math Education
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
  • Physics Education
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public & Global Health
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning
  • U.S. Studies, for example:
    Art History
    Popular Culture
    Women's Studies

If your field of study is not listed here, please contact the Fulbright Center for program eligibility.

I have always wanted my research and expertise to make a difference. The Fulbright Specialist Program in Finland provided that opportunity through a focused project with smart, dedicated academics and practitioners.

- Alex Stepick, 2015-2016 Fulbright Specialist

Finnish higher education institutions and organizations can apply for a Fulbright Specialist for a period of 2 - 6 weeks to collaborate with on projects such as curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities. For example, a Specialist may:

  • Conduct needs assessments, surveys, institutional or programmatic research
  • Take part in specialized academic programs and conferences in conjunction with other scheduled activities
  • Consult with administrators and instructors of post-secondary institutions on faculty development
  • Present lectures at graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Participate in or lead seminars or workshops at academic institutions
  • Develop and/or assess academic curricula or educational materials
  • Conduct teacher-training programs at the tertiary level

Note: Pure research is not funded via the Fulbright Specialist Program.

Applications for longer (5-6 weeks) visits are preferred, and common applications by two or more Finnish institutions are encouraged.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) in the United States builds a roster of U.S. specialists in a variety of fields through an open application process. Fulbright Center selects Finnish requests for a Specialist to be forwarded to the CIES, which in its turn matches candidates from the roster with appropriate host institution programs. Finnish institutions can make either an open application for a specialist in a given field or request a specific person from the Fulbright Specialists roster. American scholars have to be accepted to the Fulbright Specialist roster to be considered for a Specialist grant.

Finnish higher education institutions and organizations send an application for a Fulbright Specialist to the Fulbright Center. American scholars and specialists who wish to be included in the Specialist roster should contact CIES.

Detailed information and instructions for Finnish institutions are available on the Finnish section of this website.

Information for American scholars and specialists is available on the CIES website at www.cies.org/specialists/.