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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 2015-2016, 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 American 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 will find appealing. The Welcome Network is developed for the American alumni to bring together Finnish and American Fulbrighters and help everyone stay involved with their Finland and Fulbright experience.
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.
Each year, we share the Welcome Network members’ contact information with newly selected Fulbright Finland grantees. This will enable the new grantees to get familiar with the Fulbright Finland alumni activities and network before their grant term begins. Many of them might also appreciate alumni support prior to 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 in 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 gives you an opportunity to network with the Fulbright Finland alumni living close by. Please note that in 2020-21 we won't share the grantees contact information with you. This year COVID-19 creates a lot of uncertainty and many Fulbright Finland grantees may not be able to start their grant periods in the U.S. as scheduled.
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.
Having the chance to network with other Fulbright Finland alumni and grantees is a valuable aspect of the Fulbright exchange program. If you are contacted by a Fulbright Finland grantee 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 guest, it is up to you as a representative of the Fulbright Finland community.
Currently there are 90 U.S. Fulbright alumni members signed up for the Welcome Network and it reaches all the way from California to Maine and from Alaska to Florida!