16 December 2022

Fulbright Finland Foundation and the University of Oulu Sign a Partnership Agreement

Fulbright Finland Foundation and University of Oulu sign a partnership agreement.

The Fulbright Finland Foundation is pleased to announce its newest partnership. The Foundation has signed an agreement with the University of Oulu, launching the Fulbright-University of Oulu Scholar Award. This collaboration opens a new and exciting opportunity for U.S. scholars to conduct research and teach at one of the northernmost international science universities in the world.

The new Award funds visits of 3-9 months, and it can be awarded in any field represented at the University of Oulu. The university has eight faculties and five interdisciplinary research focus areas that are directly linked to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, giving it a unique profile: sustainable materials and systems, lifelong health, digitalization and smart society, changing climate and northern environment, and understanding humans in change. As one of the northernmost universities in the world, the university is particularly well-placed to study questions related to the Arctic.

“Our two institutions have a long history of fruitful collaboration in a broad range of programs and initiatives. The University of Oulu has, for instance, twice served as the host for the plenary week for researchers in the international Fulbright Arctic Initiative. Working with the University of Oulu has always been a genuine pleasure, and we are thrilled to now be able to further strengthen the collaboration with a long-term partnership agreement,” says the Foundation CEO Terhi Mölsä.

“We are very pleased to deepen our long-standing relationship with the Fulbright Finland Foundation. This agreement demonstrates our commitment to enhancing our relationships and visibility within the U.S scientific community.  We are delighted to welcome talented Fulbright scholars to the university to collaborate and create scientific and societal impact together,” says Jouko Niinimäki, Rector of the University of Oulu.

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 2024-25 will open in early February 2023.

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.

Further information:
Katja Nieminen, Head of International Affairs, University of Oulu
[email protected]

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

Emmi Jelekäinen, Program Specialist, Fulbright Finland Foundation
[email protected], +358 44 5535 275
More information about the Fulbright-University of Oulu Scholar Award will be made available on the Foundation’s website under the research and lecturing grants to Finland.