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, development and innovation 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, development and innovation (RDI) activities at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. The grant can be awarded for any field represented at Haaga-Helia.

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

  • Business development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Experiental service innovation
  • New emerging technologies
  • Transformative pedagogy
  • Value through sales

The scholar will be a member of the teacher team in the respective education unit at Haaga-Helia. At Haaga-Helia, 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 RDI activities. Taking part in RDI activities can mean, for example, writing a publication together with Haaga-Helia faculty or contributing to a RDI project that is running or planning a RDI project in cooperation with Haaga-Helia faculty.

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

Haaga-Helia has excellent facilities for teaching, learning and RDI. Haaga-Helia SalesLab offers a completely new type of environment for improving and developing sales, customer engagements and interaction situations. Haaga-Helia EComLab is an environment for developing and testing Ecommerce concepts.

Read more about Haaga-Helia RDI projects on their website.

Starting date of position is in August or January 2022 unless otherwise agreed upon with the Fulbright Finland Foundation. Two-semester grants must begin in August.The academic year begins in September and ends in August. There is generally no teaching from June to August.

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

The grant cannot be used for advancing applicant's own academic research.


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


The Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award is available for visits of 3–10 months. It includes:

  • Monthly grant of 3,000 - 5,000 EUR (approx. 3,300 – 5,000 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
    • 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
    • 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
  • One-time travel allowance of 1,800 USD.
  • Housing for the scholar and his/her accompanying family arranged and paid for by the host university.
  • Work facilities and administrative support.
  • Orientation and support services provided by Fulbright Finland in Helsinki. For example, Fulbright Finland 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.


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.

Interest and experience in Haaga-Helia´s core competence areas would be appreciated.

The candidate must be a U.S. citizen. Proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact are not eligible. Please contact the Fulbright Finland Foundation if you have any questions about the eligibility of your project.

U.S. Scholar Program eligibility guidelines and review criteria are published on the Institute of International Education/Council for International Exchange of Scholar (IIE/CIES) 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 (staff and faculty) of 630 professionals and a student population of 11 000 undergraduates and graduates. It hosts over thousand international students. Haaga-Helia offers altogether 22 Bachelor programs and 8 Master programs. Eight Bachelor programs and three Master programs 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 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 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 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 Visit Helsinki.

How to Apply?

The application period for the academic year 2021-2022 closes on September 15, 2020.

The U.S. program partner in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is the Institute of International Education/Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES). Applications are submitted through IIE/CIES and forwarded to discipline-based peer review committees in the United States. Applications that pass this initial peer review in the United States are forwarded to the Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki to be reviewed by the Fulbright Finland 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 IIE/CIES websites.

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

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

Resources for Hosts:


Application period starts: February 14, 2020
Application period ends: September 15, 2020
Earliest possible starting date: August 2021
Orientation seminar in Helsinki: TBC (expected in mid-August 2021 or mid-January 2022 for scholars arriving in 2022)

Further 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.


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

Ms. Katri Salmi
International Services

Useful links:

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
More information on Helsinki and the Helsinki Metropolitan area

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 Program 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.