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

Grantees

Since 1949, approximately 5 800 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals have participated in our exchange programs – 3 800 from Finland and 2 000 from the U.S. Representing all fields in the arts, sciences, and the society at large, grantees and alumni are vital to the Foundation’s vision: empowering minds to find global solutions to tomorrow’s challenges.

Fulbright Finland grant programs offer students, scholars, teachers, and professionals in Finland and in the U.S. 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 2020-21

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"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 October 16, 2020

Fulbright Finland Foundation Grantees 2020-21 in the United States

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

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

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

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

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: 4
 

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

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

Total grantees for Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant 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

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

Akrenius, Mikaela
ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2015-2016
Psychology
Completing a Doctoral Degree in Cognitive Science in the U.S.
Indiana University of Bloomington, IN

12 months, beginning September 2020  

Ilvesmäki, Henrik
ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2018-2019
Building Architecture
Completing a Master’s degree in Architecture in the U.S.
Harvard University, MA
9 months, beginning August 2020

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

Takkinen, Jaakko
ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2013-2014
Religious Studies
Completing a Doctoral degree in Religious Studies the U.S.
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
9 months, beginning August 2020

Total grantees for Fulbright Finland Renewal Grants: 4
 

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 2020-21 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 2020-22

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

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 2020-22 (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 2020-22 (April 2021 and April 2022)

Total grantees for Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program: 7

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 2019-21

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

West, Michael
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Communicating Science With the Public
Lowell Observatory, AZ
University of Turku
4 months, Flex grant for academic years 2020-22

Yamaguchi, Liesl
Comparative Literature
The Color of Vowels: Archaeology of a Metaphor
Boston College, MA
University of Helsinki
9 months, beginning September 2020

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: 11

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 August 2020

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 August 2020

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 August 2020

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
5 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 August 2020

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 September 2020

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
8 months, beginning January 2021

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 August 2020

Total grantees for Fulbright U.S. Student Program: 12

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 Research
A semester-long program for primary and secondary level educators

Booz, Jennifer
Science, Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Exploring the Use of Phenomenon-Based Learning and Its Impact on Students’ Sense of Connection to Their Community
Homer Middle School, Homer, AK
University of Jyväskylä
6 months, beginning January 2021

Fudge, Robert
Arts, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Technology
Crafting the Future: Exploring the Role of Identity and Traditional Crafts in the Modern Makerspace
Memphis University School, Memphis, TN

University of Helsinki
6 months, beginning January 2021

Picardo, Kathryn
Social Studies
Bringing Competence Learning to Life: How the Finnish National Curriculum is Actualized in Local Schools
Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ

University of Helsinki
5 months, beginning January 2021

Streets, Carolyn
English, Language Arts
The Role of Academic Vocabulary and Reading Achievement
Engineering Science University Magnet School, West Haven, CT
University of Jyväskylä

6 months, beginning January 2021

Total grantees for Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program: 4

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

Delaney, David
Law
Legal Geographies in the Nordic and Arctic Contexts

Amherst College, MA

University of Turku
2 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

Total grantees for Fulbright Specialist Program: 4

TOTAL NUMBER OF GRANTEES

Situation as of October 16, 2020:

Finnish grantees: 15 (originally 35 grants awarded for 2020-21, changes due to COVID-19 pandemic)
U.S. grantees: 43 (originally 49 grants awarded for 2020-21, changes due to COVID-19 pandemic)
Total: 58