Fulbright-University of Tampere Scholar Award

The Fulbright-University of Tampere Scholar Award offers American scholars the opportunity to conduct research and teach at University of Tampere for a period of 3-9 months.

Fulbright-University of Tampere Scholar Award

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

Fulbright Finland encourages potential applicants to contact the office directly with any questions.

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  • Invitation letters
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Any field represented at University of Tampere


Priority is given to candidates conducting research and lecture on society and health.

Description of Activity

The Fulbright-University of Tampere grantee shall conduct research and lecture at UTA at any of the six faculties of the University:

  1. Faculty of Communication Sciences
  2. Faculty of Education
  3. Faculty of Management
  4. Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences
  5. Faculty of Natural Sciences
  6. Faculty of Social Sciences

The grant is offered for a period of 3-9 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.

A candidate for The Fulbright-University of Tampere Scholar Award should hold a Ph.D. degree and have some experience in teaching and research in his/her field. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen.

According to international research assessment conducted at the University of Tampere in 2015, the research on communication and media, literary studies, social work, history and philosophy, medicine and medical technology and biomedicine were found to be at an outstanding level internationally in terms of quality and scientific impact.

The Academy of Finland's Centres of Excellence (CoE) are the flagships of Finnish research. They are high-quality research units and graduate schools with a chance of attaining a leading international position in their research fields

Currently, the University of Tampere coordinates three Centres of Excellence nominated by the Academy of Finland:

  • Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences (funding for the period of 2018-2025)
  • Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies (funding for the period of 2018-2025)
  • FinMIT - Centre of Excellence in Research on Mitochondrial Disease and Ageing (funding for the period of 2014-2019)

The University of Tampere is also a partner in three further Centres of Excellence in the fields of Body-On-Chip research, Tumour Genetics Research and Research in Ageing and Care.


University of Tampere

Tampere University of Technology, the University of Tampere, and Tampere University of Applied Sciences have joined forces to establish an entirely new kind of operational model in the Finnish higher education. In the beginning of 2019, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Tampere will merge to form a new foundation-based university, Tampere University, which will become the majority owner of Tampere University of Applied Sciences.

Combining the strengths of two universities and a university of applied sciences will create a higher education community that is more diverse, international and influential. The community of 35 000 students and 5 000 staff will be a unique hub for the interdisciplinary research and education in the fields of economy, technology, health and society.”

The origins of the University in its forerunner, the Civic College founded in 1925 in Helsinki, have endowed it with a singularly clear and extensive mission to serve society. The University of Tampere is Finland's biggest provider of higher education in the field of social sciences and the accompanying administrative sciences. In its teaching and research the University takes a critical approach to phenomena in society. Its experts engage in the societal debate both through their publications and through the mass media; their opinions are sought after and their words carry weight in discussion and decision-making. The University offers a wide range of research and expert services to both private companies and public bodies.

Some 15,200 students are currently pursuing degrees at the University of Tampere. Every year approximately one thousand master's degrees and one hundred doctoral degrees are produced. The personnel number is about 2,100.

The research accomplished at the University of Tampere is scientifically of high quality. It is also nationally and internationally influential and interesting. A characteristic feature of the research is that the phenomena of society, health and well-being are approached from the perspective of numerous research areas.

The Main Campus of the University of Tampere is located close to the city centre, some ten minutes’ walk from the railway station. The Kauppi Campus, comprising the Institute of Biomedical Technology, the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, and the adjacent Kauppi area is a major cluster of medical research and treatment units, including the University hospital.


Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland centre in the Nordic countries.

Tampere is one of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland. It is a centre of leading-edge technology, research, education, culture, sports and business. Year after year, the City of Tampere comes first in image surveys comparing the largest cities in Finland.  It is also the most attractive city among Finns who plan on moving. Tampere is home to more than 220,000 people. The Greater Tampere Area, which comprises Tampere and its neighboring municipalities, has a population of almost half a million.

Find more information at Visit Tampere.


The Fulbright-University of Tampere Scholar Award is available for lecturing and research visits of 3-9 months. It includes a monthly award of 4,500 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-University of Tampere Scholar Award 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 Tampere, and the Fulbright Finland, the Finnish Fulbright Commission. The Fulbright-University of Tampere Scholar Award is a special grant within the Fulbright U.S. Core Scholar Program administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES/IIE). Further information is available from CIES/IIE.


Applications are submitted through CIES/IIE. Please check the CIES Catalog of Awards for application details. Please note that you have to make yourself a "My Fulbright" profile in order to access the program details and the Catalog of Awards.

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.

University of Tampere

Ms. Laura Lalu
Coordinator of International Education
tel. +358 50 3186 858

Fulbright Finland

Ms. Emmi Jelekäinen
Program Coordinator

Hakaniemenranta 6
FI-00530 Helsinki
tel: +358 44 5535 286

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES/IIE)

1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005