28 June 2024

Fulbright Finland and LUT University Offer A New Award for Electric Mobility Research

LUT university logo on the wall - photo by LUT university

Photo by: Teemu Leinonen - LUT

The Fulbright Finland Foundation and LUT University are jointly offering a new scholar award that enables researchers from the United States to come to Finland and join the Kempower Electric Mobility Research Center (EMRC) at LUT University.

The Fulbright-LUT-EMRC Scholar Award can be granted within any research themes of interest to the Kempower Electric Mobility Research Center. As a general guideline, proposals for projects addressing any challenges of electric mobility from any perspective are welcome.

“We want to offer top U.S. scholars an opportunity to work with the EMRC and LUT University to help address multidisciplinary challenges of electric mobility now and in the future. These problems can stem from technical, economic, or societal bottlenecks – or all of them,” says Ville Naumanen, Research Director, and Head of the EMRC.

The EMRC offers a research platform that represents an entirely new way for academics to collaborate with companies in cross-disciplinary research on electric transportation. The EMRC is the heart of e-mobility-related research on LUT University’s Lahti campus.

Key facts

  • The Fulbright-LUT-EMRC Scholar Award is intended for early- or mid-career and senior scientists working in fields concerning the electrification of mobility.
  • The award is for 4–12 months, but flex awards for two consecutive academic years are also possible.
  • The EMRC is located in Lahti, but other LUT locations are equally possible, depending on the location of the hosting group. 
  • It is possible to grant more than one scholar award per year.
  • The candidate must be a U.S. citizen. The Fulbright Finland Foundation encourages potential applicants to visit its website for further information.

“Fulbright Finland provides a comprehensive platform, expertise, and networks for Finnish–U.S. academic collaboration. This new scholar award is a solid step forward in our close cooperation with LUT University,” says Foundation CEO Terhi Mölsä.

“We have made significant progress in our cooperation with the Fulbright Finland Foundation since we signed a cooperation agreement last fall. The agreement has provided an important avenue for strengthening LUT’s collaboration with U.S. universities and attracting the best talents,” says Petri Ajo, chief growth officer at LUT.

This sponsored award is the newest addition to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards to Finland that offer U.S. scholars opportunities to teach and conduct research at Finnish higher education and research institutions. The application round for visits during the academic year 2025-26 is now open with a deadline on September 16, 2024.

The Fulbright Finland Foundation (Fulbright Suomi -säätiö sr.) is a private, not-for-profit organization based in Helsinki, Finland. With the purpose of promoting a wider exchange of knowledge and professional talents through educational contacts between Finland and the United States, the Foundation collaborates with a range of government, foundation, university, and corporate partners on both sides of the Atlantic to design and manage study and research scholarships, leadership development programs, and internationalization services. The Foundation support the internationalization of education and research in Finland, and helps U.S. and Finnish institutions create linkages. The largest of the Foundation’s award programs is the Finnish-U.S. Fulbright Program.

More information

Ville Naumanen, Research Director and Head of the EMRC
tel. +358 400 299 938, [email protected]

Emmi Jelekäinen, Program Manager, Scholar Programs, Fulbright Finland Foundation
tel. +358 44 5535 275, [email protected]

Terhi Mölsä, CEO, Fulbright Finland Foundation
[email protected], tel. +358 50 570 5498

More information about the new award can be found on the Foundation’s website under the research and lecturing grants to Finland.