Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award

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


Business, Information Technology, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Tourism, Journalism/Communication, Sports and Leisure, Vocational Teacher Education.

Haaga-Helia´s core competence areas in education, research and development are:

  • Business development
  • Digital and creative solutions
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Service innovations
  • Transformative pedagogy
  • Value through sales.

Description of Grant Activity

The grantee will undertake teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level and take part in research, development and innovation activities at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences The grant may be awarded for any field represented at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. Preference is given to candidates with experience and interest in Haaga-Helia´s core competence areas. The grant is awarded for a minimum of three months and a maximum of 10 months. The academic year runs from August through May. The language of instruction is English. English is  widely spoken in academic circles in Finland and in the country as a whole.

Additional Qualifications: Must have sufficient experience in teaching in his/her field. Preference is given to a candidate with relevant professional experience outside of academia in the field in which the candidate would be teaching during the Fulbright grant period. Candidate is also expected to have proven research interest in one or some of Haaga-Helia´s core competence areas.


Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences has a staff of 630 professionals and a student population of 11 000 undergraduates and graduates. It hosts over thousand international students. Haaga-Helia offers altogether thirty Bachelor programmes and 9 Master programmes. Eight Bachelor programmes and 5 Master programmes are offered 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 emphasised, and all activities reflect the realities of marketplace. Haaga-Helia operates in close cooperation with industry, and has an extensive network of business partners. Haaga-Helia promotes internationalization, and in terms of teacher and student mobility, Haaga-Helia is the most international university of applied sciences in Finland. Haaga-Helia graduates go on to successful careers in broad range of organisations.

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 Visit Helsinki.


The Fulbright – Haaga-Helia Scholar Award includes free housing for the grantee and his/her family, arranged and paid for by Haaga-Helia. The monthly allowance for a grantee is 3,000 - 5,000 euros per month depending on the expertise of the grantee:

  • For an instructor or an assistant professor with less than 5 years professional experience outside of academia in a relevant field 3,000 euros.
  • For a candidate in the rank of at least an assistant professor and with professional experience outside of academia of at least 5 years in a relevant field 4,100 euros
  • For a full professor with professional experience outside of academia with at least 15 years of work experience in a relevant field 5,000 euros.

The grant includes a travel allowance of USD 1,800.

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. Additionally, the Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award grantee will receive the full support services provided by Fulbright Finland for all Fulbright grantees in Finland.

The grant is funded in co-operation by the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, and Fulbright Finland, the Finnish Fulbright Commission. The Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award is a special grant within the Fulbright U.S. Core Scholar Program administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES).

How to Apply?

The application period for the academic year 2020-2021 ends on September 16, 2019.

Applications are submitted through IIE/CIES. The Institute of International Education/Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES) pre-screens the applications in the U.S. and forwards the recommended applications to the Fulbright Finland for final selection. Instructions and application materials are available from the IIE/CIES website.

Please note that you have to make yourself a "My Fulbright" profile in order to access the program details and the Catalog of Awards.

Please also note that the letter of invitation from the host institution is strongly preferred.

Resources for Hosts

Assistance and Additional Information

NOTE: July is traditionally a summer vacation month in Finland and responses to inquiries be delayed. Applicants are advised to contact the Finnish host institution well ahead, preferably at least 3 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. Ms Sirpa Holmström is happy to help potential candidates to connect with the faculty members for discussion.

Ms. Sirpa Holmström
Head of International Relations
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
Ratapihantie 13, 00520 Helsinki
tel: +358 50 3100 711

Fulbright Finland Foundation

Ms. Emmi Jelekäinen
Program Coordinator
Hakaniemenranta 6
FI-00530 Helsinki
tel: +358 44 5535 286

Please let us know if we can provide any further information about this grant in particular or about the Finnish-American Fulbright program in general.

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES/IIE)

1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005