Fulbright Finland Pre-Departure Orientation - Part 2


The Fulbright Finland Foundation organizes annually a Pre-Departure Orientation Day for all the grantees departing to the U.S. in the next academic year. This year, the Orientation is organized as a webinar in two parts. The first part of the Orientation was organized on June 16th and the second part will be organized on August 18th.

Program, August 18th (Part 2)

13:00-13:10 Welcome and Overview
Emmi Jelekäinen, Program Specialist, Fulbright Finland Foundation
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland Foundation

13:10-13:50 Citizen Diplomacy: How to Build Bridges and Connect with People?

Tools and Tips
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland Foundation
Maija Kettunen, Communication and Events Coordinator, Fulbright Finland Foundation

  • Your role: choosing your own way
  • Tips for different media channels: digital (incl. social media, web, blogs), print (incl. Fulbright Finland News), broadcast, other
  • Fulbright Finland Ambassadors
  • Acknowledging the Fulbright Finland Foundation and your grant sponsors

”I, the Ambassador” - Alumni View
Erkko Sointu, Fulbright Finland Travel Grantee 2015; Assistant Professor, University of Eastern Finland

  • Be remembered
  • Make a core presentation and use Fulbright Finland logo
  • Match people
  • ”Branding” yourself

13:50-13:55 Break

13:55-14:20 Grantees as Ambassadors of Finland and Promoters of Our Country Brand
Laura Kamras, Director, Unit for Public Diplomacy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

  • Finland’s country brand
  • As citizen diplomats, what can the Fulbright Finland Foundation grantees do to promote Finland’s country brand?
  • How can the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Finnish diplomatic missions in the U.S. be of assistance to and work with the Fulbright Finland Foundation grantees?

14:20-14:30 Break

14:30-15:25 Group Discussion with Fulbright Finland Alumni

  • Tips for preparing your stay in the U.S.
  • First things to do when arriving in the U.S.
  • House hunt and housing tips, the importance of reading the small print!
  • Life on a U.S. campus and host organization matters
  • Living in the U.S.  - everyday issues (banking, health care, transportation, phone, bureaucracy, social life)
  • Questions on U.S. culture
  • Fulbright enrichment activities
  • Bringing family to the U.S.
  • Conducting studies/Fulbright project in the U.S.

Group 1: Undergraduate Students (Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grants)
Kia Uusitalo, Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant 2019-2020
Agneetta Moisio, Fulbright Finland Partnership Award with Vanderbilt University 2018-2021

David Yoken, Senior Lecturer, Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences; Vice-Chair of the Fulbright Finland Foundation Board of Directors

Group 2: Graduate Students (incl. ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Research Fellows, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grants, and Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grants)
Riikkamari Muhonen, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2019-2020
Niko Heikkilä, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2019-2020
Martina Castrén, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2018-2019
Kristiina Silvan, ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow 2018-2019
Iida Tikka, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2018-2019
Joonas Koivukoski, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2019-2020
Johanna Rytkönen, Fulbright Finland Partnership Award with University of South Florida 2019-2020

Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Finland Foundation

Group 3: Lecturers and Researchers (incl. ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholars, ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Junior Scholars, Fulbright-KAUTE Foundation Award, and Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program)
Liesl Yamaguchi, Fulbright U.S. Student 2006-2007; Fulbright U.S. Scholar 2020-2021; Assistant Professor, Boston College
Topi Miettinen, ASLA-Fulbright Research Grant for a Senior Scholar 2019-2020; Professor, Hanken School of Economics
Anna Koivusalo, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2011-2012; ASLA-Fulbright Research Grant for a Junior Scholar 2019-2020; Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki
Jussi Kivistö, ASLA-Fulbright Research Grant for a Junior Scholar 2009-2010; Professor, Tampere University

Leasa Weimer, Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, Fulbright Finland Foundation

Group 4: Professionals (Fulbright Mid-Career Professional Development Program)
Pirjo Kangas, Fulbright Mid-Career Professional Development Grant 2019-2020; Account Manager, Lingsoft Language Services Oy
Aulikki Pakanen, Fulbright Mid-Career Professional Development Grant 2019-2020; Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Defence of Finland

Heidi Tiainen, Program and Events Assistant, Fulbright Finland Foundation

Group 5: Teachers (Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching)
Annaleena Kangas, Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching 2018-2019; Mathematics Teacher, Jyväskylän Lyseo Upper Secondary School
Mika Vähäkuopus, Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching 2019-2020; English and French Teacher, Oulu University Teacher Training School
Elina Kaverma-Soukko, Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching 2018-2019; Handicraft Teacher, Käpylä Comprehensive School

Mirka McIntire, Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs, Fulbright Finland Foundation

Group 6: Travel Grantees (Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Research Collaboration and Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Institutional Partnership Building)

End of the webinar or join the session of your choice

15:25-15:35 Q & A (Webinar ends for some grantees)

15:35-15:40 Break

15:40-16:15 Social Security (Researchers and Doctoral Students)

  • Moving to the U.S. – what do I need to know about social security?
  • The role of Mela, ETK and KELA?
  • What are the benefits of MYEL coverage?
  • How and when to apply for the MYEL coverage and how is it paid?

Marjo Herranen, Senior Policy Advisor, ETK
Pauliina Vaara, Insurance Solver, Mela
Lari Papunen, Insurance Solver, Mela

Questions and Answers