Purpose of the Grant Program
Hanken School of Economics is a research-intensive business school with a program portfolio covering the whole range from BSc to Ph.D. and Executive Education.
The Chair conducts research in the area of specialization and contributes to Hanken's knowledge dissemination to academia and the corporate world and/or teaches in Hanken's degree programs and Executive Education.
In addition to lecturing at Hanken School of Economics the Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair is encouraged to network and create linkages throughout Finland and give occasional guest lectures at other Finnish universities. The Chair and Hanken faculty at the department work together in designing the Chair’s activities.
Starting date of position is late August or January unless otherwise agreed upon with Fulbright Finland. The academic year begins in September and ends in August. Lecturing takes place from early-September to early-May.
The Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair is jointly funded by Hanken and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.
The Chair Position
The Chair is available to full professors and associate professors in Business and Economics. The Chair conducts research in the area of specialization and contributes to Hanken's knowledge dissemination to the corporate world and/or teaches in Hanken's degree programs and Executive Education.
In addition to lecturing at Hanken School of Economics the Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair is able to network and create linkages throughout Finland and give occasional guest lectures at other Finnish universities. The Chair and Hanken faculty at the department will work together in designing the Chair’s activities.
Applicants may but are not required to include a letter of invitation from Hanken School of Economics in their applications. However, assistance in connecting with Hanken School of Economics is available from Fulbright Finland if needed.
The Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics is available for visits of 2–12 months. It includes:
- Monthly allowance of 5,600 EUR (approx. 6,200 USD*). A total stipend for 9 months is 50,400 EUR (approx. 56,000 USD*).
- Travel allowance of 2,000 USD.
- Arranged and payed housing by the host institution for the scholar.**
- 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 American Fulbright grantees at the end of August each year.
- Fulbright Finland mid-year activities and networking opportunities (such as the American Voices Seminar at the University of Turku) each year.
- Possible lecturing opportunities in other Finnish higher education institutions and in other European countries.
* amounts are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.
** should be confirmed in the letter of invitation.
This prestigious appointment in the Fulbright Scholar Program is available for scholars specialized in Business or Economics who are full or associate professors.
Distinguished Chair eligibility guidelines and review criteria are published on the Council for International Exchange of Scholar (IIE/CIES) website.
Applicants residing in Finland are not eligible for a Fulbright grant.
Hanken School of Economics
Hanken is a leading, internationally accredited university with over one hundred years of experience in education and research in economics and business administration. Hanken School of Economics, one of the oldest business schools in the Nordic countries, was established in 1909 as a Swedish speaking school. Today, Hanken is the only stand-alone business school in Finland. The research and study environment is international, and there are campuses in Helsinki and Vaasa, Finland. Classroom instruction is conducted in both Swedish and English.
Research at Hanken is carried out within all departments, with a special focus on four interdisciplinary areas of strength: 1.) Competition Economics and Service Strategy, 2.) Financial Management, Accounting, and Governance, 3.) Responsible Organizing and 4.) Leading for Growth and Wellbeing. Hanken has also identified the following three high-potential research areas: Digitisation and Sustainability in Intellectual Property; Humanitarian and Societal Logistics; and Strategic and Entrepreneurial Praxis.
Many of Hanken faculty members are at the forefront of their research areas and publish in top tier academic journals. Hanken also cooperates with the corporate world, which is reflected in joint research projects, active interaction through our partner programs as well as generous support in fundraising.
Hanken is the first university in Finland to introduce a mandatory period abroad as an integrated part of the curriculum. The students are thus offered a unique opportunity to create their own international networks for life through an exchange or internship period abroad. These lifelong networks are created both internationally and at Hanken. They permeate the studies and play an important role in the excellent placement of alumni in the international job market.
Through the Hanken alumni network and activities, the network built while at Hanken and the ties to the School are maintained and broadened after graduation. Hanken has more than 14,000 alumni, working in leading positions in more than 70 different countries. Hanken alumni are highly competitive and appreciated on the job market; 95% have a job within three months of graduation. In addition to getting a high-quality degree, Hanken alumni become part of a lifelong network with excellent opportunities for both professional and personal development.
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 Distinguished Chairs Program is the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES). Applications are submitted through IIE/CIES, which pre-screens the applications in the United States and forwards the recommended dossiers to the Fulbright Finland in Helsinki for final selection.
Fulbright Finland encourages potential applicants to contact the office directly with any questions.
NOTE: July is traditionally a summer vacation month in Finland and responses to inquiries may be delayed. Applicants are advised to contact the Finnish host institution well ahead of time to solicit an invitation letter for their application.
|Fulbright Finland Foundation
(overall program related questions)
|Hanken School of Economics
(host institution related questions)
|Leasa Weimer, PhD
Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives
+358 44 7169 482
Mrs. Jenny Lundén-Morris,
Resources for Hosts
|Application period start:||February 14, 2020|
|Application period end:||September 15, 2020|
|Earliest possible starting date:||August 2021|
|Mandatory orientation:||TBC (expected in mid-August 2021 or mid-January 2022 for scholars arriving in 2022)|
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 Finnish higher education institutions.
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.
Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.