Information on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the Prospective Host

Who Is a Fulbright Student Grantee?

The Fulbright Student program awards grants for U.S. students for one year study or research period in Finland. The grantee’s Fulbright period in Finland has one of the following purposes:

  1. to complete a full master’s or doctoral degree
  2. to take courses as a non-degree student
  3. to conduct research
  4. to conduct research and take courses

The Fulbright student grantee must hold a minimum of Bachelor’s degree and does not need to be enrolled in a U.S. university during the Fulbright period in Finland. Thus, the grantee’s research or studies in Finland are not necessarily included in a degree in the U.S.

The candidate applies for the Fulbright student grant approximately one year prior to starting studies/research in Finland. The grantees are published each year in April and the Fulbright period starts in the following fall semester. The grantee receives a monthly grant (1000 -1500 €) and a travel allowance (1600 $)  through the Fulbright program as well as additional support services and an accident and health benefit.

At the grant application stage, the applicants are normally required to attach an affiliation letter from a Finnish university or other possible host institution in Finland to their application. Please see affiliation letter details and deadlines below.

What Is the Role of the Finnish Host Institution?

  • Provide the grantee with the same support services available for all the international students at the Finnish higher education institution, such as orientation, tutoring etc.

The role of a Finnish institution hosting a student wishing to conduct research

- Provide a research adviser for the grantee

- Provide office space if possible

- Write a Letter of Affiliation, which includes the following items:

  • Name of the host institution, department and possible research group
  • Name and title of the research advisor assigned for the student
  • Name and title of the student’s administrative contact person
  • Visiting period
  • Fulbright grantee's status at the host institution, e.g. exchange student
  • Reasons for the host institution inviting the grantee
  • What will the candidate do at the host institution
  • Support services and advise on the research conditions (office space, telecommunication connections, library access etc.)
  • Signature, name and title

The role of a Finnish institution hosting a student wishing to take courses/complete a full degree

  • Inform the applicant about the university application procedure and deadlines 
  • Provide a letter of admission after the candidate has been accepted to a degree program or given a right to take courses at the university. Often however, the university application period has not started before the Fulbright grant application period ends, and thus the candidate is not able to attach such a statement to his/her Fulbright application. In this case, the candidate needs to submit the university application as soon as the university application period opens, and after this the host university should provide a statement, which verifies that the candidate has submitted the university application and notifies when the selection results will be published. The statement needs to be sent to the Fulbright Finland Foundation as soon as its available (e-mail to karoliina.kokko(a)


Further information: Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, tel. +358 44 5535 268, karoliina.kokko(at)