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Finnish Fulbright Welcome Network
March 14, 2019
A program open to American Alumni of the Fulbright Finland Program
Fulbright Finland is pleased to announce a fourth year of the Finnish Fulbright Welcome Network which is developed for the American alumni to bring together Finnish and American Fulbrighters and help everyone stay involved with their Finland and Fulbright experience. This project was initiated by a U.S. graduate student grantee in Finland in 2015-2016, Stephen Horvath, who has found the Finnish alumni connection very valuable and hopes we can establish something similar in the U.S. Together we have developed a program, the Finnish Fulbright Welcome Network, which we hope you will find appealing.
The point of this program is to make it more affordable and easily accessible for Finnish grantees to the United States to travel through the U.S. and become acquainted with various parts of the country. As many of you know, there is currently a well-established alumni program within Finland to support American grantees to Finland. This is a means to give back some of that Finnish hospitality.
We will also share the Welcome Network members’ contact information with newly selected U.S. grantees who will arrive in Finland during the academic year 2019-2020. This will enable the new grantees to get familiar with the Fulbright Finland alumni activities and network before their grant term begins. Some of them might also appreciate alumni support prior to their trip to Finland.
If you sign-up as a member of the welcome network, you may be contacted by a Finnish Fulbrighter in the U.S. 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 keep your contact information in the network until you wish us to remove your information from the list.
In order to keep our participant list up-to-date, we will ask each year if the members wish to remain active with the Finnish Fulbright Welcome Network. The Finnish Fulbrighters will receive your contact information at the Pre-Departure Orientation hosted by Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki on May 14, 2019.
Having the chance to network with other Fulbrighters is a valuable aspect of the Fulbright exchange program. If you are contacted by a Fulbrighter then you can discuss the details of his/her needs and how you are able to respond. Always it is up to you to decide how involved you want to be. It might be that your own travel and work schedule limit 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 Fulbright guest, it is up to you as a representative of the Fulbright community.
During the academic year 2018-2019, there were 62 U.S. Fulbright alumni members signed up for the Welcome Network and it reached all the way from California to Maine and from Alaska to Florida!