Purpose of the Grant Program
The purpose of the program is to offer U.S. scholars the possibility to teach or teach/research in any discipline. Research-only grants are not available. The scholar is expected to teach and participate in research work according to the agreement between the candidate and the host.
For teaching/research awards, applicants should discuss the teaching/research ratio with the host institution before requesting an invitation letter (e.g. lectures, modules or entire courses).
Starting date of position is August or January unless otherwise agreed upon with the Fulbright Finland Foundation. The academic year begins in September and ends in August. There is generally no teaching from June to August.
The Award is available for visits of 4–9 months. It includes:
- Monthly grant of 2,700 EUR (approx. 3,000 USD), paid out in euro in monthly installments.
- One-time travel allowance of 1,800 USD.
- Housing for the scholar and his/her accompanying family arranged and paid for by the host university. This information should be confirmed in the letter of invitation.
- Orientation and support services provided by Fulbright Finland in Helsinki. For example, Fulbright Finland will arrange a four-day arrival orientation in Helsinki for all U.S. Fulbright grantees at the end of August each year (orientation is also arranged in January for grantees arriving for the spring semester).
- Fulbright Finland mid-year activities and networking opportunities (such as the American Voices Seminar at the University of Turku) each year.
The monthly grant and travel allowance are provided by the Fulbright Finland Foundation. Housing for the scholar and his/her family is expected to be arranged and paid for by the host institution.
A candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree (or other terminal degree). The candidate must be a U.S. citizen. Proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact are not eligible.
U.S. Scholar Program eligibility guidelines and review criteria are published on the Council for International Exchange of Scholar (IIE/CIES) website.
Applicants residing in Finland are not eligible for a Fulbright grant.
Candidates are expected to secure an affiliation with a Finnish institution and include a letter of invitation in the application. Assistance in locating possible host institutions and making connections is available from the Fulbright Finland Foundation if needed.
How to Apply?
The application period for the academic year 2021-2022 closes on September 15, 2020.
The U.S. program partner in the Fulbright Scholar Program is the Institute of International Education/Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES). Applications are submitted through IIE/CIES and forwarded to discipline-based peer review committees in the United States. Applications that pass this initial peer review in the United States are forwarded to the Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki to be reviewed by the Fulbright Finland Foundation’s review committees. The Fulbright Finland Foundation makes the funding decisions and final selections of grantees.
Additional information and detailed application instructions are available from the Fulbright Finland Foundation and IIE/CIES websites.
|Application period starts:||February 14, 2020|
|Application period ends:||September 15, 2020|
|Earliest possible starting date:||August 2021|
|Orientation seminar in Helsinki:||TBC (expected in mid-August 2021 or mid-January 2022 for scholars arriving in 2022)|
NOTE: July is traditionally a summer vacation month in Finland and responses to inquiries may be delayed. Applicants are advised to contact the Finnish host institution well ahead of time to solicit an invitation letter for their application.
- Resources for hosts (invitation letters and preparing for a U.S. scholar's visit)
- Tips for scholars for finding a host university in Finland
What is the Fulbright Finland Foundation?
The Fulbright Finland Foundation is a private, independent, not-for-profit organization based in Helsinki, Finland. The Foundation’s aim is
- to promote a wider exchange of knowledge and professional talents through educational contacts between Finland and the United States, and
- to support the internationalization of Finnish higher education institutions.
What Makes the Fulbright Finland Foundation programs unique?
- In addition to the grant, the Fulbright Finland Foundation offers the grantees several additional benefits and free support services, as well as an access to a global, multi-professional network.
- We are looking for applicants who want to impact the future and to make a difference – applicants who want to facilitate positive change, develop and advance their own profession or discipline, and find solutions to national and international challenges in their field.
- The grantees also act as ambassadors for the Fulbright Finland Foundation, their home country, and their home organization and, in this way, do their part in sharing their home country and culture and contributing to the relations between Finland and the U.S.
The Core Fulbright Scholar Program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.