Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics

The Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics position provides an American Scholar with the opportunity to lecture and conduct research at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland.

Hanken School of Economics is a leading internationally accredited university with operations in Helsinki and Vaasa, Finland. We are one of the oldest business schools in the Nordic countries, with over 100 years experience in education and research in economics and business administration. We combine tradition with a dynamic and innovative approach to research, teaching and learning.

Academic Excellence
Academic excellence is at the core of everything we do. Effective research-based education and the development of global competences help our graduates manage global complexity.

Cutting-Edge Research
The foundation for everything we do lies in the high quality of our research, ranked among the top five in the global U-Multirank ranking. Our researchers are known for both their productivity and their impact.

Internationally Oriented Student Body
Hanken has some 2,500 students representing more than 40 nationalities, adding to our already multi-lingual study environment. We promote openness among students and staff and our professors are available to give support and guidance. Our students are a tight-knit group and social ties are strengthened through the activities of our student union SHS. All our BSc students spend a semester abroad as a mandatory component of their degree in one of our 130 partner universities world-wide. MSc students take advantage of the collaboration with both universities and companies, e.g. within the international QTEM-network.

Alumni Network for Life
Hanken has more than 14,000 alumni, working in leading positions in more than 70 different countries. Our 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.

Corporate and Societal Impact
We work in close cooperation with the business world and society in order to bring corporate relevance to both research and education. Through our efficient corporate connections, our students have excellent contacts to prospective employers. Promoting social responsibility and sustainability is one of the cornerstones in all our activities. A key feature of this work is our commitment to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Description of activities

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 a monthly allowance of 5,600 EUR and a travel allowance of 2,000 USD is included. Housing for the scholar will be arranged and paid for by Hanken. The Chair position includes office facilities and administrative support. Orientation and support services will be provided by Fulbright Finland in Helsinki. For example, Fulbright Finland will arrange a three-day arrival orientation in Helsinki for all American Fulbright grantees at the end of August each year. Fulbright Finland arranges mid-year activities and networking opportunities (such as the American Voices Seminar at the University of Turku) each year. There are also possible lecturing opportunities in other Finnish higher education institutions and in other European countries.

The grant is jointly funded by Hanken School of Economics and the Fulbright Finland, the Finnish Fulbright Commission.

Length of Position

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.


This prestigious appointment in the Fulbright Scholar Program is available for scholars specialized in Business or Economics who are full or associate professors.


The language of instruction for the scholar is English. English is widely spoken in academic circles and in the country as a whole.

Living in Finland and Bringing Family

Finland is a Nordic welfare state with a small population of about 5.4 million people spread across a large surface area. Helsinki, the capital, has been described as a ‘pocket-sized metropolis’ and is regularly placed on lists of ‘the most liveable cities in the world’, while the countryside is characterized by forests, lakes and a staggeringly beautiful archipelago stretching far out into the Baltic Sea.

History has made Finland a nation of people who value patriotism, discipline, and respect for others. It is a safe, well-organized country characterized by a world-class public education system, a very high literacy rate, concern for the natural environment, strong family/friend networks, and a strong sense of civic responsibility. A lifestyle balancing work and life is valued and supported by labor laws and tradition.

Fulbright scholars to Finland very commonly bring their family along. This is easy, as English is very commonly spoken and the Finnish school system accommodates international visitors very well. While some special institutions (e.g. international schools) do charge tuition, the public education system – ranging from primary schools to universities, and recognized worldwide for its excellent quality – is free of charge. Instruction in English is available in many cities.

Please visit the Destination Finland section of this website to learn more about the country and the opportunities it offers!

Candidate profile

Distinguished Chair eligibility guidelines are published on the Institute of International Education/Council for International Exchange of Scholar (IIE/CIES) website.

In Finland the American scholar applications and the proposed Fulbright projects are evaluated on:

  • The candidate's academic or professional qualifications
  • Originality and feasibility of the proposed project
  • Benefit to the host institution
  • Potential for long-term impact
  • Importance of conducting the project in Finland
  • Contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the candidate's field
  • Contribution to the candidate’s personal and professional development
  • Host institution support provided for the candidate
  • Potential for contribution beyond the host institution.

Additionally, candidates in all Fulbright programs are reviewed on the project’s contribution to the objectives of the Fulbright Program as well as on the adaptability and suitability of the candidate to act as a Fulbright Ambassador for the United States in Finland.

Applicants residing in Finland are not eligible for a Fulbright grant. Preference may be given to candidates with no or little experience in Finland. As a general matter, preference for Fulbright Scholar opportunities will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright Scholar grant. This policy is set by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington D.C.


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.

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

Additional information, including detailed application instructions is available from the IIE/CIES website and Fulbright U.S. Scholar Catalog of Awards.

Assistance and Additional Information

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 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

Ms. Emmi Jelekäinen
Program Coordinator

Hakaniemenranta 6
FI-00530 Helsinki
tel: +358 44 5535 286

Hanken School of Economics

Ms. Marianne Dingstad Cambier
Scholarship Liaison Officer
Centre for Research and International Affairs
Tel: +358 (0)40 3521 375

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES/IIE)

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