MP - Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business

Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics

The Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics Award provides U.S. scholars with the opportunity to guest lecture and conduct research at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland.

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 teaches in Hanken's degree programs and Executive Education. Hanken prefers applicants who will both teach and conduct research during their grant term.

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. 

In addition to guest 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.

The Chair and Hanken faculty at the department will work together in designing the Chair’s activities.

A letter of invitation is strongly preferred. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit a letter of invitation from the relevant unit at Hanken. The letter should include information on the agreed teaching and research plan, confirmation that the host institution will pay for and arrange housing (for scholar and their accompanying family), and length and dates of the proposed visit (Finnish host institution should refer to these instructions).


The Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics is available for visits of 2–5 months. It includes:

  • Monthly allowance of 5,600 EUR (approx. 6,200 USD*). A total stipend for 6 months is 33,600 EUR (approx. 40,285 USD*).
  • Travel allowance of 2,000 USD.
  • Residence permit allowance (based on the actual permit fees, including grantee and accompanying family members).
  • Housing is arranged and paid for by the host institution for the scholar.**
  • Work facilities and administrative support.
  • Flex option: The award can be split into two segments within one or two academic years. Each segment must be a minimum of two months and together the two segments cannot exceed five months. 
  • 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 guest 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. 

Support for Grantees with Disabilities

Extra funding support is available for grantees with disabilities. If you have a disability that would cause additional costs for the grant term, contact the Foundation to discuss reasonable accommodations. Send your self-assessment with a description of the disability and the specific accommodations requested to the Foundation ([email protected]) by the grant application deadline.

Please note that disclosing the need for disability accommodation does not affect the review and selection process.


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 Fulbright U.S. 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 a Fulbright grant.

Hanken School of Economics

Hanken School of Economics is a leading, internationally accredited university with over one hundred years of experience in education and research in economics and business administration, and is the first university in Finland to introduce a mandatory period abroad as an integrated part of the curriculum. Hanken, 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.

Hanken has four departments, and research is carried out within all of them: the Department of Accounting and Commercial Law, the Department of Finance and Economics, the Department of Management, and the Department of Marketing. Departments cover the following subjects:

  • Accounting (part of the Department of Accounting and Commercial Law)
  • Commercial Law (part of the Department of Accounting and Commercial Law)
  • Finance (part of the Department of Finance and Economics)
  • Economics (part of the Department of Finance and Economics)
  • Entrepreneurship, Management and Organisation (part of the Department of Management)
  • Information Systems Sciences (part of the Department of Management)
  • Management and Organisation (part of the Department of Management)
  • Marketing (the Department of Marketing)
  • Statistics (part of the Department of Finance and Economics)
  • Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility (Department of Marketing)

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.

As a mandatory period abroad is an integrated part of the curriculum, 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 15,000 alumni, working in leading positions in more than 70 different countries. Hanken alumni are highly competitive and appreciated on the job market; 92% have a job within six months of graduation, and 97% are employed five years after 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 2025-26 Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition is currently open.
Apply by September 16, 2024!

The U.S. program partner in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs 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 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 the Fulbright Scholar Program websites.

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 the Finnish host institution well ahead of time to solicit an invitation letter for their application. Please note that the Fulbright Finland Foundation office observes the summer Finnish holiday season and is closed in July. If you have urgent inquiries, kindly contact us prior to July. 


Contact Information

 Fulbright Finland Foundation
(overall program related questions)
Hanken School of Economics
(host institution related questions)

Karoliina Kokko
Senior Program Manager
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +358 44 5535 268


Marianne Dingstad Cambier
Scholarship Liaison Officer, Office of Research and International Affairs
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +358 40 3521 375



Resources for Hosts


Application period start:February 1, 2024
Application period end:September 16, 2024
Earliest possible starting date:August 2025 or January 2026
Mandatory orientation:TBC (expected to take place in mid-August 2025 and mid-January 2026 )

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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-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.