The FoFF Alumni Enrichment Award competition closes on October 7, 2019. The grant project should take place during 2020.
Since the endowment fund’s launch in 2012, the award has been granted to 3 American alumni of the Fulbright Finland program. However, the endowment, which is the sole source of funding for this award, continues to need your support in order to sustain its long-term viability. Please check this website periodically for any updates in the status of the FoFF Alumni award and its endowment fund.
FoFF Grant description and announcement for 2020:
In May 2013, the Fulbright Finland Board approved the creation of a new Fulbright Finland grant: Friends of Fulbright Finland Alumni Enrichment Award. The award is open to American alumni of the Finnish Fulbright program.
The primary aim of this award is:
- to provide some financial support for a project undertaken by an American former grantee of the Finnish Fulbright program
- to motivate him or her to return to Finland in furtherance of the original grant objectives
- to continue or develop cooperation with the grant hosts
- to extend an interest in Finland developed while a Fulbrighter or thereafter and otherwise to keep the Finnish connection through Fulbright open and active.
This grant is funded through the Friends of Fulbright Finland Alumni Enrichment Endowment, which has been under development since March 2012. All funds have been received by personal donation from alumni and friends.
Grant name: Friends of Fulbright Finland Alumni Enrichment Award
Eligibility: American Alumni of the Finnish Fulbright Program who have completed their original grant period at least one year prior to the annual open competition announcement. Please note that also Fulbright Finland alumni of the Fulbright Specialist and Fulbright Finland Inter-Country Travel Grant Programs are eligble to apply this grant.
The following application documents must be submitted to the Award coordinator by the application deadline (October 7, 2019):
- Application form
- Project proposal that demonstrates a continuing commitment to Finland through collaboration with a Finnish colleague and or host institution, project length up to 3 months during the 2020 calendar year. The project proposal statement should not exceed 500 words but contain enough detail so the selection committee has a good idea of what you plan to do during the visit.
- Letter of support for project by Finnish host organization
- Letter of endorsement by a person knowledgeable in the applicant’s field of specialization or at least one additional alumnus of the Finnish Fulbright program
- All documents should be sent by October 7, 2019 directly to [email protected]
c/o FoFF Alumni Enrichment Award coordinator, Emilia Holopainen
- The selection committee will consider the proposal based on the quality of the project, its probability for success, and its consistency with the mission and goals of the Finnish Fulbright program. Award recipient will be announced in December, 2019.
Award amount: 1,500 euro
The award recipient will have the full staff support of the Fulbright Finland Foundation, consistent with other Fulbright grantees. Because this is a Fulbright Finland award, ASPE insurance and a residency permit will not be provided. The recipient is expected to travel to Finland as a visitor and thus will be eligible to stay for up to 90 days to pursue the project, in accordance with Finnish immigration rules. Medical and other insurance is the responsibility of the grantee.
Award recipient for 2018
Project: The Effect of Differing Plant Types on Soil Ecosystems along a Chronosequence of Parks in Helsinki and Lahti
United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service, D.C.
University of Helsinki, Lahti Campus
The collaborations I have developed as a Fulbright Specialist and recent FoFF grantee has led to several research endeavors including the effects of tree canopies on atmospheric pollutants and the impact of urban habitats on soil biodiversity and decomposition. The latter including the impacts of dog waste, which has been largely ignored as a significant source of nitrogen, a potential pollutant, in urban greenspaces. In all of these collaborations, I have had the pleasure of interacting with several graduate students and even to help instruct a course on urban ecology. When I tell my colleagues in the U.S. that I had to travel several thousand kilometers to the least densely populated country in Europe to conduct cutting-edge urban ecological research, they find that hard to believe, and truth be told, so do I. My collaborations with scientists at the University of Helsinki has definitely been a highlight of my career and I thank FoFF for their generosity and assistance to maintain those collaborations.
Award recipient for 2017
Professor of English
Pittsburg State University
University of Turku and Åbo Academy
Fulbright Finland News 1/2017: Casie Hermansson Received the Alumni Enrichment Award
Casie Hermansson was teaching American Literature and Children’s Literature courses to students from the two host universities and conducted editing work on collaborative collection of scholarly essays.
After my Fulbright in Turku in spring 2014 at the English departments of The University of Turku and Åbo Akademi, I had returned once for a week in 2015 to reconnect and give two lectures. At that time, I finalized the current visit of 3 months and have loved every minute of my return to both departments to teach a course on American Literature and give a research lecture. Back in the US last year we drove across country and spent several days with another Fulbright family who were in Turku at the same time as us, with our children in school together. During this 3 month stay, my Fulbright colleague also returned for a visit and stayed with me here. The connections we have made with innumerable people here also extend to having made friends in the Fulbright family, and I am enormously grateful for that. I am also facilitating two US colleagues to come to Finland in the next year. The impact of a Fulbright is one that "keeps on giving"! Everyone is as welcoming as ever, and plans are underway now for my next teaching stint here in late 2019. The Fulbright was life changing for me and my children, and these recurring opportunities to extend and even deepen the experience have been invaluable.
Award recipient for 2016
Training Principals in Schools in Turku on New-to-Country Students
City of Turku
Dr. Jean Jordan, the first recipient of the Friends of Fulbright Finland (FoFF) Alumni Enrichment Award, had a lovely second Fulbright visit to Finland!
Dr. Jordan trained the principals in Turku on Educating Diverse Populations, School Equity and Cultural Competencies. Principals will now continue working in turn with school staff and administrators to expand the knowledge and practice around creating equitable school cultures and inclusive classrooms as well as plan ways to engage new-to-country parents, students and cultural leaders in the school setting. “The day was just wonderful--- the energy was high throughout the day and lots of next steps were identified. I think the group is going to spread the information and seek some changes”, Dr. Jordan describes the spirit of the training days.