Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Research Collaboration

Are you

  • planning a short-term research visit to the U.S., and

  • interested in and willing to advance collaboration between your Finnish home institution and a U.S. partner as well as to share information about Finnish-U.S. Fulbright grant opportunities in order to advance that collaboration?

If you answered "yes" on both accounts, read further, because this might be a grant for you.

First Travel Grantees Saeed Karimi-Aghdam and Erkko Sointu at the Fulbright Finland's grant award ceremony in May 2015.

Photo: Jesse Terho

The Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Research Collaboration are short-term travel grants for researchers from Finland to travel to the United States for a minimum of one week and a maximum of three months. The travel grant supports visits which advance research in the applicant’s field as well as initiate or advance institutional and research collaboration between Finland and the U.S. Applicants should also be prepared to share information about Fulbright Finland opportunities at their home and host institutions.

The program pays special attention to applications from these three strategic areas:

  • The Arctic
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education

In the first application round organized in spring 2015, Fulbright Finland received many applications in Education, and thus for this application round particularly applications in the strategic areas of the Arctic and Entrepreneurship are sought.

The grant is meant for travel expenses (primarily for transatlantic flights). The exact grant amount is determined on the basis of the application.

Grant Purpose

Fulbright Finland has recently received feedback from Finnish higher education institutions that administrators, students, teachers and researchers on the departmental level at Finnish HEIs are not yet adequately familiar with Fulbright opportunities. On the departmental level there is not enough familiarity with the programs available for U.S. academia to visit Finnish universities or opportunities provided for Finnish scholars and researchers to visit U.S. institutions, and for this reason the institutions may miss out on important opportunities. Fulbright Finland has also received feedback from Finnish university departments that there is a significant need for short-term travel grants for research collaboration with partners in the U.S. The Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Research Collaboration is a completely new program that was founded specifically based on the feedback from the field. It is, in essence, a combined response to these two needs.

The Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Research Collaboration is a pilot program. The first call for applications was made in April 2015.

Purpose of the visit

The proposal for the visit should include all of the following three goals:

  • Initiating and/or advancing collaboration between applicant’s Finnish home and U.S. host institution and cooperation between Finland and the U.S. in the specific research area
  • Sharing information about Finnish-U.S. Fulbright grant opportunities both while in the United States as well as at the home institution in Finland
  • Advancing applicant’s own research goals

Examples of activities for the visit may include, for example, making contacts, launching collaboration projects, negotiating contracts, attending conventions and conferences, and conducting research. Please note that the grant is not awarded solely for attending a conference. Teaching is possible as well, but candidates need to be aware that for teaching purposes a visa is required and it is the grantees’ own responsibility to obtain a visa. The goals of the visit must be realistic in view of the proposed length of the visit.


Researchers in Finland, including doctoral students, are eligible to apply. Applicants do not need to be Finnish citizens. Applications particularly from doctoral students and young postdoctoral scholars are encouraged.

Candidates who are in a position to receive travel funding from TEKES or Academy of Finland or through their Graduate School are ineligible.

Grantees with Finnish citizenship should be able to travel to the U.S. under the visa waiver program if the purpose and content of the visit are as described below. Citizens of countries that are not part of the visa waiver program would need a Business (B1) visa.

Grant Benefits

The grant is meant for travel expenses (primarily for transatlantic flights). The exact grant amount is determined on the basis of the application. Awarded grants have ranged from 1000 to 2000 euros. Please note that the applicant should be prepared to cover all other costs for the visit, such as accommodation and meals, by other means.

Selected grantees also participate in the pre-departure orientation and receive support services provided by Fulbright Finland in Helsinki.

Grant Timeline

  • Application deadline: March 3, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
  • Some of the candidates are invited to interviews at the Fulbright Finland Office in Helsinki: March 31, 2017
  • Selection decisions published: Mid-April 2017
  • Compulsory Fulbright Finland pre-departure orientation for Finnish grantees: May 17, 2017 (full day)
  • Grantees must travel to the United States within 6 months of receiving the grant (by mid-November)
  • Final report and results to Fulbright Finland upon the completion of the visit
  • A follow-up inquiry one year after the visit on continuing home and host institution collaboration and Fulbright Finland information sharing at the Finnish home institution.

Application Instructions

Please send the completed application form as well as the required supplements to Fulbright Finland, office(at)fulbright.fi, in one file by the application deadline.

>> Application form (pdf)

Please note that all the documents attached to your Fulbright application need to be converted to a basic PDF file (no advanced file formats such as PDF Portfolios).

Required supplements:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • U.S. host institution invitation (email invitation is sufficient)
  • Doctoral students: Supervisor’s recommendation which describes the potential for collaboration between the home and host institution.
  • Young postdocs (doctoral degree completed less than four years before application): Home university recommendation which describes the potential for collaboration between the home and host institution. The recommendation can be for example from the Dean of the Faculty, Head of Department, or other as appropriate.

More Information

Fulbright Finland
Tel. +358 44 5535 286

Program Coordinator
Emmi Jelekäinen