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ASLA-Fulbright Research Grant for a Junior Scholar


The purpose of the grant is to enable the scholar to carry out a research project at a U.S. university or research institution during the academic year 2019–2020. In addition to research-only grants, it is also possible to award grants that include a limited amount of teaching, up to 2 hrs/week.

The research project work carried out in the United States must begin with the ASLA-Fulbright grant. The grant will not be awarded to a project the scholar has already started in the United States. The earliest possible beginning date of the grant period is August 1, 2019.

The ASLA-Fulbright Junior Scholar grant is available for a period of 4–12 months. The maximum grant is 15 500 USD unless the grant is co-funded by Fulbright Finland and the applicant’s home university, in which case the maximum grant is 30 000 USD. The names of the universities taking part in the Cost-share program are announced in spring 2018, and the listing will added to the Fulbright Finland website.


The applicant must hold a doctoral degree at the time of application deadline. The doctorate must have been earned within four years of application. If the doctorate was received more than four years ago at the time of the application deadline, the applicant should consider the ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholar.

If the candidate does not yet have a PhD, the Selection Committee may take the application under evaluation on the following two conditions: the applicant submits with his/her application 1) a reference letter or statement regarding the progress of the dissertation work from his/her dissertation supervisor and 2) a copy of the comments from the advance reader of the applicant’s dissertation. In all cases the grantee must have completed his/her doctoral degree before his/her grant period in the United States begins.

Applicants must be Finnish citizens and enter the U.S. on a nonimmigrant Fulbright sponsored J-1 visa. The J-1 visa sponsorship of the Fulbright program is available for a maximum period of 12 months. Candidates planning longer research projects in the United States should contact Fulbright Finland before submitting their applications.

The J-1 scholar visa and J-2 dependent visa includes regulations which may limit the possibility to reenter the United States. Scholars and their dependents who have held previous J visas may not be eligible to reenter as J-1 researchers or J-2 dependents for 12 or 24 months following departure from the United States. If you’ve held a J visa during the past 24 months or have questions about the J visa regulations, please contact Fulbright Finland. Additionally, grantees and/or their dependents can apply for a work visa or a permanent residence permit to the U.S. only after spending 2 years in the home country after the Fulbright grant period.

Applicants residing in the U.S. are not eligible.

Applications in all fields are accepted. However, proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact are not eligible. This restriction is applied quite widely and applicants are advised to contact Fulbright Finland if they have any questons about the eligibility of their project.

Application Deadline: 9.12.2018 (Finnish time)

The application is submitted online at The applicants should carefully read the instructions and other material related to the application process before starting to work on the application.

The online application (including all attachments) must be submitted by December 9, 2018 (Finnish time). Only complete applications with all required attachments submitted by the application deadline will be reviewed.

The Timeline of the Selection Process

  • December 9, 2018 (Finnish time): the deadline for submitting the applications.
  • Applicants who have passed initial screenings will be interviewed February 13–15, 2019. The interview is compulsory. The invitation to the interview will be sent out one week before the interview itself. Fulbright Finland does not cover the expenses resulting from the interview.
  • March 2019: The results of the selections will be announced. All applicants will be notified of the results.
  • May 2019: Orientation Day. Participation to the orientation day is compulsory for all grantees.

Evaluation Criteria

The applications will be judged by

  • originality, clarity and feasibility of the proposed project,
  • academic or professional qualifications,
  • the importance of conducting the project in the US,
  • contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the candidate’s field,
  • contribution to the objectives of the Fulbright Program,
  • personal factors: adaptability and suitability of the candidate to act as Fulbright Ambassador for Finland. Preference may be given to candidates with no or limited experience in the US.


Further information:

Emmi Jelekäinen
tel. +358 44 5535 275