Group photo of the Finnish Fulbright grantees going to the U.S. in 2019-2020

Grantees

Over 3 800 Finns, including a high number of leading figures in Finnish society, culture, and economy, have participated in the program. Over 1 900 Americans have visited Finland on Fulbright Finland grants.

Fulbright Finland grant programs offer Finnish and American students, scholars, teachers, and professionals unique possibilities to carry out study and research projects. The Fulbright Finland Foundation grantees are cultural ambassadors and future change makers whose projects have potential for a large impact while building bridges between the United States and Finland.


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Fulbright Finland Foundation grantees 2020-2021

"Three words; connections, knowledge and understanding. When a Fulbrighter - either American in Finland or a Finn in the U.S. - returns back home, these three things will impact their way of thinking. Connections that are built during the exchange last a lifetime" - Fulbright Finland alumna

Situation as of June 16, 2020

Fulbright Finland Foundation Grantees 2020-2021 in the United States

ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholars
for research

Leppänen, Sirpa
Socio-Linguistics
Practices of Playful Digital Work
University of Jyväskylä
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
The grant is cost-shared with University of Jyväskylä
6 months, beginning January 2021

Total grantees for ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholars Program: 1

ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Junior Scholars
for post-doctoral research

Turunen, Mika
Water Resources Engineering
How to Choose the Right Data to Understand Complex Hydrological Systems? Quantitative Data Worth Assessments in an Experimental Agricultural Field
Natural Resources Institute Finland LUKE, Helsinki
University of Arizona, AZ
5 months, beginning TBC

Kekäläinen, Tiia
Public Health
Personality, Physical Activity and Physical Performance: Cross-Cultural Comparisons
University of Jyväskylä
Florida State University, FL
6 months, beginning TBC

Total grantees for ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Junior Scholars Program: 2

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program
for scholars and professionals to lecture at U.S. institutions for one semester or academic year

Happo, Iiris
Early Childhood Education
Visiting Lecturer
Oulu University of Applied Sciences
University of Minnesota Morris, MN
9 months, beginning TBC

Total grantees for Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program: 1

Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Research Collaboration
for short research visits to the U.S.

Gregorova, Pavlina
Molecular Biosciences
The Regulatory Role of Post-Transcriptional RNA Modification in Protein Synthesis
University of Helsinki
Johns Hopkins University, MD
6 weeks, beginning TBC

Heikkinen, Ismo
Micro- and Nanosciences
Atomic Layer Deposition and Its Applications in Semiconductor Processing
Aalto University, Espoo
Michigan Technological University, MI
2 weeks, beginning TBC

Soppela, Päivi
Multidisciplinary Arctic Global Change
The Seasonality of Biocultural Cold Adaptations Among Three Practitioner Groups in Finland
University of Lapland
University of Notre Dame, IN
1,5 weeks, beginning TBC

Totah, Nelson
Cognitive Science
Deciphering the Neural Activity in an Entire Mammalian Brain Region
University of Helsinki
Rice University, TX
3 weeks, beginning TBC

Total grantees for Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Research Collaboration Program: 4

ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Research Fellows
for doctoral research

Lintunen, Jonne
Psychiatry
Towards More Effective Pharmacotherapy for Schizophrenia
University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, MA
The grant is cost-shared with University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio
12 months, beginning TBC

Seppälä, Mila
Political Science and North American Studies
Citizen Participation in Gun Policy Discussion in Texas
University of Turku
University of Texas at Austin, TX
The grant is cost-shared with University of Turku
9 months, beginning TBC

Wide, Elisabeth
Sociology
Migrant Care and Domestic Work: Intersections of Class, Gender, Racialization and Affective Relationalities in Contemporary Finland
University of Helsinki
The New School, NY
The grant is cost-shared with University of Helsinki
6 months, beginning January 2021

Total grantees for ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Research Fellows Program: 3

Fulbright-KAUTE Foundation Award
for doctoral students, young postdoctoral scholars and professionals in the fields of Business, Economics and Technology. Program in cooperation with KAUTE Foundation.

Harikkala-Laihinen, Riikka
Economics and Business Administration
Cosmopolitan Life, Identity and Work
University of Turku
Florida Atlantic University, FL
4 months, beginning February 2021

Total grantees for Fulbright-KAUTE Foundation Award: 1


ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grants
for graduate studies and doctoral research

Ahlström, Leia
Commercial Law
Completing a master's degree in Sustainable Business in the U.S.
Graduate of University of Helsinki
Columbia University, NY

9 months, beginning TBC

Heiskala, Sonja
Intellectual Property Law
Completing a master's degree in Intellectual Property Law in the U.S.
Graduate of University of Helsinki
Stanford University, CA
9 months, beginning TBC

Hemminki-Reijonen, Ulla
Educational Technology
Completing a master's degree in Educational Technology in the U.S.
Graduate of University of Helsinki
Harvard University, MA
9 months, beginning TBC

Jäntti, Bruno
Political Science
Completing a master's degree in Social Sciences in the U.S.
Graduate of University of Tampere
University of Chicago, IL
9 months, beginning TBC

Nikander, Christine
Intellectual Property Law
Completing a master's degree in Intellectual Property Law in the U.S.
Graduate of University of Edinburgh, UK
Columbia University, NY
9 months, beginning TBC

Siitonen, Olli
U.S. History
The Psychology of Killing and the Experiences of American Soldiers in the Vietnam War
University of Helsinki
Texas Tech University, TX; University of Maryland, College Park, MD
12 months, beginning January 2021

Toivanen, Antti
Nationalism and Identity/Migration
Completing a doctoral degree in Nationalism & Identity
Graduate of University of Helsinki
Tufts University, MA
9 months, beginning January 2021

Total grantees for ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant Program: 7

Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grant

for graduate study and post-doctoral research in projects with relevance to the fields represented by the technology industries. Program in cooperation with Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation.

Lehtovaara, Joonas
Construction Operations Management
Increasing the Productivity of Construction Operations Through Decentralized Takt Production
Aalto University, Espoo
University of California, Berkeley, CA

11 months, beginning January 2021

Total grantees for Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grant: 1
 

Fulbright Finnish Language and Culture Teaching Assistants
for teaching Finnish and graduate studies

Lehtonen, Kim
Finnish and French Language
Finnish Language Teaching Assistant
University of Turku
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN
9 months, beginning TBC

Vikman, Jenna
Finnish Language
Finnish Language Teaching Assistant
University of Oulu
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
9 months, beginning TBC

Total grantees for Fulbright Finnish Language and Culture Teaching Assistant Program: 2

Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant
Funded by the Finland-America Educational Trust Fund

Alkio, Aino
Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience
Completing a bachelor’s degree in the U.S.
Graduate of Stanford Online High School
Northwestern University, IL
9 months, beginning TBC

Kataja, Rosanna
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Completing a bachelor’s degree in the U.S.
Graduate of Munkkiniemi Upper Secondary School
Harvard College, MA
9 months, beginning TBC

Lassinaro, Isa
Marine Biology
Completing a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology in the U.S.
Graduate of Tampere Arts-Oriented Senior Secondary School
Hawaii Pacific University, HI
9 months, beginning TBC

Nurminen, Terhi
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Completing a bachelor’s degree in the U.S.
Graduate of Schildt Upper Secondary School, Jyväskylä
University of Pennsylvania, PA
9 months, beginning TBC

Total grantees for Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant Program: 4

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching
semester-long program for primary and secondary level educators

Rautavirta, Mari
Special Education
Integration/Inclusion of Children with Special Needs in the Age Group from 6 to 8 Years
Salpakankaan Koulu Comprehensive School, Hollola
Host Institution (TBC)
5 months, beginning January 2021

Sipola, Jenni
Elementary School Subjects, English
Implementing STEAM Education
Vierumäen Koulu (primary school), Vantaa
Host Institution (TBC)
5 months, beginning January 2021

Total grantees for Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program: 2

Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Institutional Partnership Building
for short visits to the U.S.

Arevalo, Javier
Research Management
Advancing Research Through Team Science
University of Helsinki
University of California, Davis, CA
2 months, beginning TBC

Total grantees for Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Institutional Partnership Building: 1

ASLA-Fulbright Mid-Career Professional Development Grants
for professional development projects

Myllykoski, Mikko
Science Engagement
Learning to Shape a Resilient Future
Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre
Arizona State University, AZ
3 months, beginning January 2021

Urponen, Maija
Research Management
Facilitating Practical Humanities
University of Helsinki
University of Michigan, MI
Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, MA
The grant is cost-shared with University of Helsinki
5 months, beginning TBC

Total grantees for ASLA-Fulbright Mid-Career Professional Development Grant: 2

Fulbright Finland Renewal Grants
for continuing studies after the initial grant year

Information on awarded grants will be updated after selections have been made

Moisio, Agneetta
Fulbright Finland Partnership Award with Vanderbilt University
Social Sciences
Completing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science in the U.S.
Vanderbilt University, TN
Hilppa A.K. Roby Scholarship
9 months, beginning TBC

Total grantees for Fulbright Finland Renewal Grants:
 

Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars and Professionals
short-term programs for scholars and secondary school educators

Information on awarded grants will be updated after selections have been made in the Spring 2021

Total grantees for Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars:

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators
summer programs for secondary school educators

Information on awarded grants will be updated after selections have been made in the Spring 2021

Total grantees for Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators:

Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe
summer programs for youth leaders

Information on awarded grants will be updated after selections have been made in the Spring 2021

Total grantees for Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders:

 

Fulbright Finland Foundation Grantees 2020-2021 in Finland

Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program
for lecturing and research in higher education institutions in Finland

Altay, Nezih
Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics
Supply Chain Management
Humanitarian Deliveries in Conflict Zones
DePaul University, IL
Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki
6 months, beginning April 2021

Berger, Paul
Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies
Electrical Engineering and Physics
Ultra-Low Temperature Deposition Using Atomic Layer Deposition and Self-Assembled Printed Soft Electronics
Ohio State University, OH
Tampere University
8 months, Flex grant for academic years 2020-2022

Gibson, Brian
Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics
Business and Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Enablers and Barriers of Omnichannel Retail Success in Finland
Auburn University, AL
Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki
2 months, beginning March 2021

Heald, Paul
Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics
Intellectual Property Law
Problems Caused by Copyright Law in Book and Music Markets
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki
4 months, beginning January 2021

Hersey, Mark
Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies
Environmental History
Landscapes of the American Experience
Mississippi State University, MS
University of Helsinki
4,5 months, beginning January 2021

Kheradvar, Arash
Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Distinguished Chair in Health Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Mitochondrial Transplantation in Patient-Derived Induced Pluripotent Stem-Cell Derived Cardiomyocytes
University of California, Irvine, CA
University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio
2 months, Flex grant for academic years 2020-2022 (June 2021 and June 2022)

Liu, Leigh Anne
Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics
International Business
Dynamic Transformation of Workplace Incivility and Conflict in Multicultural Context
Georgia State University, GA
Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki
6 months, beginning January 2021

Whaley-Connell, Adam
Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Distinguished Chair in Health Sciences
Medical Sciences
Collaborative Nano-Targeting Approach to Metabolic Microvascular Stiffening in the Kidney
University of Missouri, MO
University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio

2 months, Flex grant for academic years 2020-2022 (April 2021 and April 2022)

Total grantees for Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program: 8

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Anderson, Laurel
Fulbright-University of Vaasa Scholar Award
Business
Elderly at Home: Social and Technology Service Innovations and Well-Being
Arizona State University, AZ
University of Vaasa
6,5 months, beginning January 2021

Amstislavski, Philippe
Fulbright-VTT Grant in Science, Technology and Innovation
Biomaterials Innovation
Mycelium-Based Foams: A Strategy Toward Circular Economy
University of Alaska Anchorage, AK
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tampere
5 months, beginning January 2021

Bräuer, Suzanna
Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences
Microbiology
A Microbial "Molecular Switch" May Drive Decomposition in Response to Climate Change in Melting Finnoscandian Permafrost
Appalachian State University, NC
University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio
5 months, beginning March 2021

Hu, Ming
Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Award
Architectural Engineering Technology
Carbon Neutral Development Through Net Zero and Net Impact Design
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Tampere University
6 months, beginning January 2021

Larsen, Laurel
Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Direct Delineation of Peatland Feedbacks in Support of Forecasting Climate Futures
University of California, Berkeley, CA
University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu
9 months, Flex grant for academic years 2019-2021

Markowitz, Fred
Criminology
Does Psychiatric Treatment Capacity Influence Rates of Crime in Finland?
Northern Illinois University, IL
University of Helsinki
4,5 months, beginning January 2021

Szekely, Rachel
Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Award
Linguistics
The Strengthening of Predicate Indefinites: A Speech-Act Theoretical Account in the Framework of Austin (1953)
Long Island University Post, NY
Tampere University
9 months, beginning January 2021

Terracciano, Antonio
Gerontology
Personality, Physical Activity, and Cognition Among Older Adults in Finland
Florida State University, FL
University of Jyväskylä
5 months, beginning January 2021

Wachsmuth, Sean
Fulbright-University of Turku Scholar Award
Special Education and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
Behavioral Problems in Finnish and American Schools
Minnesota State University Mankato, MN
University of Turku
9 months, beginning TBC

West, Michael
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Communicating Science With the Public
Lowell Observatory, AZ
University of Turku
4 months, Flex grant for academic years 2020-2022

Yamaguchi, Liesl
Comparative Literature
The Color of Vowels: Archaeology of a Metaphor
Boston College, MA
University of Helsinki
9 months, beginning TBC

Zirkle, Christopher
Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award
Education
International Collaboration for Vocational Teacher Education
Ohio State University, OH
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki
4 months, beginning January 2021

Zobitz, John
Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences
Mathematics
From Soil to Satellite: Modeling Ecosystem Responses to Fire Disturbance in the Subarctic Boreal Forest
Augsburg University, MN
University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio
9 months, beginning January 2021

Total grantees for Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program: 13

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Alderfer, Laura
Fulbright-EDUFI Fellowships
Biomedical Engineering
Engineering Lymphatic Vessels
University of Notre Dame, IN
University of Helsinki
9 months, beginning January 2021

Azua, Anneleise
Fulbright-EDUFI Fellowships
Humanities
Borderlands Healing: An Environmental Studies Approach
University of Texas at Austin, TX
University of Helsinki
9 months, beginning January 2021

Beattie, Alexander
Fulbright-LUT Graduate Award
Engineering
Completing a master's degree in Mechatronic System Design
University of Missouri, Columbia
LUT University, Lappeenranta
9 months, beginning TBC

Bechtold, Cameron
Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award
Environmental Sciences
Completing a master's degree in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability
Union College, NY
University of Helsinki
9 months, beginning TBC

Bjork, Anastasia
Fulbright-Tampere University Graduate Award
Public Policy

Completing a master's degree in Public Choice
Central Michigan University, MI
Tampere University
9 months, beginning TBC

Clouse, Gabrielle
Fulbright-University of Turku Graduate Award

Biology
Completing a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences: Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics
Claremont McKenna College, CA
University of Turku
9 months, beginning TBC

Convey, Rachel
Medical Sciences
Kuuluva Ääni (Audible Voice)
Graduate of University of the Pacific, CA
Tampere University
9 months, beginning January 2021

Dalton, Laura
Fulbright-EDUFI Fellowships
Engineering
Hybrid Tri-Modality Tomography Image Reconstruction Method Development
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio; University of Helsinki
9 months, beginning January 2021

De Palo, Jessica
Fulbright-EDUFI Fellowships
Psychology
Understanding Core Competencies in Finland - Athletes for U.S. Dual Career Construction
Columbia University, NY
University of Jyväskylä
9 months, beginning January 2021

Kipnis, Abraham
Fulbright-LUT Graduate Award
Physics
Completing a master's degree in Computational Engineering and Technical Physics
Graduate of Wesleyan University, CT
LUT University, Lappeenranta
9 months, beginning TBC

Lobdell, Alexandra
Fulbright-LUT Graduate Award
Business
Completing a master's degree in International Business and Entrepreneurship
Mount Holyoke College, MA
LUT University, Lappeenranta
9 months, beginning TBC

Rodriguez, Alyssa
Musical Instrument Training - World Music
Nordic Folk Music and String Pedagogy
Graduate of Ithaca College, NY
University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy
9 months, beginning January 2021

Siegel, Rachel
Musical Instrument Training - Clarinet
Completing a doctorate degree in Music
Rice University, TX
University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy
9 months, beginning TBC

Wright, Johna
Fulbright-Tampere University Graduate Award
Social Sciences

Completing a master's degree in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare
Mercer University, GA
Tampere University
9 months, beginning TBC

Total grantees for Fulbright U.S. Student Program: 14

Mid-Career Professional Development Grant
for professional development projects

Carter, Peter
Urban Planning; City Planning
Evolving Mobility and Its Implications for Urban Plans
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, CA
Finnish Transport and Communications Agency, Helsinki
5 months, beginning January 2021

Johnson, Kent
Engineering
An Investigation of Finnish Hiking Trail Designs and Cross-Sector Partnerships That Support Outdoor Recreation for People With Disabilities
City of Ithaca, NY
Metsähallitus, Rovaniemi
4 months, beginning TBC

Total grantees for Mid-Career Professional Development Grant: 2

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching
A semester-long program for primary and secondary level educators

Information on awarded grants will be updated after selections have been made

Total grantees for Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program:

Friends of Fulbright Finland Alumni Enrichment Award

Barthelemy, Ramón
Physics Education Research
Impacts of Family Role Models and Early Science Experiences on Degree Choice of Physics and Career Goals

University of Utah, UT
University of Helsinki
4 weeks, beginning spring 2021

Helling, John
Public Library Administration
Learning from Oodi: Applying the Methods of Service Design from "the Best New Public Library in the World" to Its American Counterparts

The Indianapolis Public Library, IN
Helsinki City Library
4 weeks, beginning spring 2021

Magnani, Natalia
Social Anthropology 
The Voices of Sovereign Practice

The Arctic University of Norway
University of Lapland, Rovaniemi
4 weeks, beginning spring 2021

Total grantees for Friends of Fulbright Finland Alumni Enrichment Award: 3

Inter-Country Travel Grants
for one week lecturing visits by U.S. Fulbright scholars based in another country to Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences

Information on awarded grants will be updated after selections have been made

Total grantees for the Inter-Country Travel Grant Program:

Fulbright Specialist Program
for short-term lecturing and professional collaboration visits by U.S. faculty and professionals to Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences

Information on awarded grants will be updated after selections have been made

Cutucache, Christine
Discipline-Based Education Research
NE STEM FOR UEF
University of Nebraska Omaha, NE
University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu
3 weeks, beginning TBC

Jasinski, Lisa
Higher Education Research
Improving Pedagogy in Summer School for Doctoral Students
Trinity University, TX
University of Jyväskylä
4 weeks, beginning TBC

Lyles, Alan
Pharmaceuticals; Health Systems Policy
Improving Social/Health Care Impact and Productivity with Research, Development & Innovation [RDI]
University of Baltimore, MD
Joint Municipality Authority of Keski-Uusimaa, Health Care and Social Services
4 weeks, beginning TBC

Pfrehm, James
Language and Technology
Disentangling Disinformation in Social Media: Topics, Theories, and Practices for Educators
Ithaca College, NY
Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Vantaa
2 weeks, beginning January 2021

Total grantees for Fulbright Specialist Program: 4

TOTAL NUMBER OF GRANTEES

Situation as of June 16, 2020:

Finnish grantees: 32
U.S. grantees: 44
Total: 76