U.S. Fulbright alumna Sarah Flynn and Finnish Fulbrighter Pekko Sangi in Colorado

Finnish Fulbright Welcome Network

For Fulbright Finland alumni in the U.S. to support new Finnish and U.S. grantees
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Finnish Fulbright Welcome Network

Opportunity to network with Fulbright Finland alumni and grantees

The Finnish Fulbright Welcome Network was launched in 2016 and initiated by a U.S. graduate student grantee in Finland in 2015-16, Stephen Horvath, who has found the Finnish alumni connection very valuable and hopes we can establish something similar in the U.S. As many of you know, there is currently a well-established alumni program within Finland to support U.S. grantees to Finland. This is a means to give back some of that Finnish hospitality.

Together we have developed a program, the Finnish Fulbright Welcome Network, which we hope you find appealing. The Welcome Network is developed for the alumni in the U.S. to bring together Finnish and U.S. Fulbright Finland grantees and help everyone stay involved with their Finland and Fulbright experience.

We share the Welcome Network members’ contact information with newly selected Fulbright Finland grantees each year. This enables the new grantees to get familiar with the Fulbright Finland alumni activities and network before their grant term begins. Many of them appreciate alumni support before their trip to Finland and to the U.S.

By signing up as a member of the welcome network, you may be contacted by a Fulbright Finland grantee

  • who is soon starting their grant term in the U.S. or Finland
  • who is planning to visit your city, perhaps to attend a conference, visit colleagues important to the study/research project, or simply to explore. Or your city might be the actual host city for the grant project.

We will also share with you the list of grantees coming from Finland to your home state so you can be directly in touch with them. This also allows you to network with the Fulbright Finland alumni living close by. 

We will keep your contact information in the network until you wish us to remove your information from the list. Please keep us updated if your contact information changes. 

If your contact information has changed, please update it by filling out this contact form.

Having the chance to network with other Fulbright Finland alumni and grantees is a valuable aspect of the Fulbright Finland programs. Always it is up to you to decide how involved you want to be. It might be that your own travel and work schedule limits your ability to respond to a specific inquiry, and this is very understandable. There are no predetermined expectations about how you might interact with a guest, it is up to you as a representative of the Fulbright Finland community.

Currently, there are over 130 U.S. Fulbright Finland Foundation alumni members signed up for the Welcome Network and it reaches all the way from California to Maine and from Alaska to Florida!

Do you wish to join the Finnish Fulbright Welcome Network? Please contact Mirka or Heidi at the Foundation.

By joining the Welcome Network, you give permission for Fulbright Finland Foundation to share your contact information with the newly selected Finnish and U.S. grantees, and with alumni in the Welcome Network.


Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs Mirka McIntire
Mirka McIntire
Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs
+358 44 5535 269