Students studying at the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Finland.

Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award

The Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award enables U.S. scholars to undertake teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level and take part in research and development activities at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.

Purpose of the Grant Program

The Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award enables U.S. scholars to undertake teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level and take part in research and development (RD) activities at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. The award can be awarded for any field represented at Haaga-Helia.

The scholar will be a member of the lecturer team in the respective competence area. At Haaga-Helia, a team teaching model is applied, and the scholar works closely with other lecturers. Scholar may be responsible for teaching a full study course or parts of courses depending on the work plan agreed. Even if the main role of the scholar is teaching, at Haaga-Helia, all lecturers are expected to take part in the RD activities. Taking part in RD activities can mean, for example, writing a publication together with Haaga-Helia faculty or contributing to a RD project that is running or planning a RD project in cooperation with Haaga-Helia faculty. The grant cannot be used for advancing one's own academic research. More information about Haaga-Helia RD projects can be found on their website.

Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) train professionals with emphasis on labor market needs and they conduct applied research and development which supports teaching and learning and promotes regional development. The education in UAS emphasizes co-operation with the business, industry, and service sectors and thus, education is close-to-practice.

The Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award is jointly funded by the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.


While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is a special interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas:

Aviation Business, Business, Communication, Finance, Information Technology, International Business, Hospitality, Experience, Tourism and Event Management, Journalism, Sales, Sports and Leisure, Vocational Teacher Education.

Haaga-Helia´s core research areas are:

  • Engaging vocational pedagogy
  • Sales development and digitalization
  • Service business development and design
  • Entrepreneurship and business development

Visit the Haaga-Helia Research and Development website to learn more.


The award is available for visits of 3–10 months. It includes:

  • Monthly grant of 3,000 - 5,000 EUR (approx. 3,200 – 5,300 USD*) per month depending on the expertise of the grantee based on a three-grade scale:
    • For an instructor or an assistant professor with fewer than five years professional experience outside of academia in a relevant field: 3,000 EUR (approx. 3,200 USD*)
    • For a candidate at the rank of at least an assistant professor and with professional experience outside of academia of at least five years in a relevant field: 4,100 EUR (approx. 4,400 USD*)
    • For a full professor with professional experience outside of academia, with at least 15 years of work experience in a relevant field: 5,000 EUR (approx. 5,300 USD*)
  • One-time travel allowance of 1,800 USD.
  • Residence permit allowance based on the actual permit fees (incl. grantee and accompanying family members)
  • Housing for the scholar and their accompanying family arranged and paid for by the host university.
  • Work facilities and administrative support.
  • Orientation and support services provided by Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki. For example, the Foundation will arrange a four-day arrival orientation in Helsinki for all U.S. Fulbright grantees at the end of August each year (orientation is also arranged in January for grantees arriving for the spring semester).
  • Fulbright Finland mid-year activities and networking opportunities (such as the American Voices Seminar at the University of Turku) each year.
  • The grantee will also be eligible, free of charge, to participate in a Fulbright Finland pre-approved summer school in Finland consisting of courses on Finnish language, culture and society, pending availability of suitable programs.

* amounts in USD are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.


A candidate for the Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award must hold a Ph.D. degree (or other terminal degree). Candidates must have sufficient experience in teaching. Preference is given to candidates with relevant professional experience and networks outside of academia. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen.

Interest and experience in Haaga-Helia’s core research (RD) areas would be appreciated.

U.S. Scholar Program eligibility guidelines and review criteria are published on the Fulbright Scholar Program website.

In Finland the applications are evaluated according to the evaluation criteria set by the Fulbright Finland Foundation Board.

Applicants residing in Finland are not eligible for this grant.

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences has a staff (including faculty) of 750 professionals and a student population of 11,000 undergraduates and graduates. It hosts over 1,000 international students. Haaga-Helia offers Bachelor and Master programs in Finnish and in English. Haaga-Helia has campuses in Helsinki, Porvoo and Vierumäki.

Through education, research and development, Haaga-Helia prepares professionals for business and public sector. In education, closeness to practice is emphasized, and all activities reflect to realities of the marketplace. Haaga-Helia operates in close cooperation with industry and has an extensive network of business partners. Haaga-Helia also promotes internationalization, and in terms of teacher and student mobility, it is the most international university of applied sciences in Finland. Haaga-Helia graduates go on to successful careers in broad range of organizations.

Helsinki, the capital and largest city of Finland, is a modern city with 600,000 residents. The Helsinki Metropolitan Area has a population of 1.2 million, and is the most developed region in Finland and the center of business life, education and culture.

Helsinki is a modern European cultural city located on the Baltic Sea. Its modern architecture, cutting-edge design and high technology have attracted international recognition for the city. The beauty of the surrounding nature makes Helsinki a very nice place to live.

More information on Helsinki and the Helsinki Metropolitan area at My Helsinki

How to Apply?

The application period for the academic year 2024-25 has ended!

The U.S. program partner in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is the Institute of International Education IIE. Applications are submitted through IIE and forwarded to discipline-based peer review committees in the U.S. Applications that pass this initial peer review in the U.S. are forwarded to the Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki to be reviewed by the Foundation’s review committees. The Fulbright Finland Foundation makes the funding decisions and final selections of grantees.

Additional information and detailed application instructions are available from the Fulbright Finland Foundation and the Fulbright Scholar Program websites.

Fulbright Finland Foundation encourages potential applicants to contact the office directly with any questions.

Please note that the letter of invitation from the host institution is required.

Resources for Hosts:


Application period starts: February 1, 2023
Application period ends: September 15, 2023
Earliest possible starting date: August 2024
Orientation seminar in Helsinki: TBC (expected in mid-August 2024 and mid-January 2025)

Further Information

NOTE: Late June, July and early August are traditionally summer vacation months in Finland and responses to inquiries may be delayed. Applicants are advised to contact Haaga-Helia well ahead, preferably at least 4 months prior to the application deadline, of time to solicit an invitation letter for their application.

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences encourages applicants to contact the university staff beforehand. Haaga-Helia International Services are happy to help potential candidates to connect with the faculty members for discussion.


Contact Information

  Fulbright Finland Foundation
(general program related questions)
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
(host institution related questions)

Emmi Jelekäinen
Program Specialist
+358 44 5535 275

Katri Salmi
Head of International Relations

International Services, Staff exchange team

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What is the Fulbright Finland Foundation?

The Fulbright Finland Foundation is a private, independent, not-for-profit organization based in Helsinki, Finland. The Foundation’s aim is

  • to promote a wider exchange of knowledge and professional talents through educational contacts between Finland and the United States, and
  • to support the internationalization of education and research in Finland, and help U.S. and Finnish institutions create linkages.

What Makes the Fulbright Finland Foundation Programs Unique?

  • In addition to the grant, the Fulbright Finland Foundation offers the grantees several additional benefits and free support services, as well as an access to a global, multi-professional network.
  • We are looking for applicants who want to impact the future and to make a difference – applicants who want to facilitate positive change, develop and advance their own profession or discipline, and find solutions to national and international challenges in their field.
  • The grantees also act as ambassadors for the Fulbright Finland Foundation, their home country, and their home organization and, in this way, do their part in sharing their home country and culture and contributing to the relations between Finland and the U.S.
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Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.