Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies

Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies

The Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) offers a unique opportunity for a U.S. scholar and/or specialist to engage in international research, collaboration, teaching and lecturing at a higher education institution in Finland.

Purpose of the Grant Program

The research questions are expected to be related to the digital infrastructure of future societies and industries, as well as directly connected disciplines of the digitalization era. Topical research areas of interest include software or hardware and algorithms, data science, advanced network technologies and design issues related to digitalization. Research agendas in law, policy, and business practices, directly related to the evolution of technology and ICT, will also be considered.

The Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in ICT award emphasizes projects that prioritize active research work, including publications, yet also include lecturing and/or supervising students. While the main aim of this Chair position is designed to promote international exchange, the selected Chair is encouraged to participate in and explore research collaboration, write joint publications with Finnish colleagues, develop international exchange collaboration between the U.S. home and Finnish host institution, and otherwise engage with the host community. Fulbright scholars are often invited to lecture in other Finnish higher education institutions. The Fulbright-Nokia Chair may also be asked to give a guest lecture at Nokia.

The scholar and the Finnish host institution work together in designing the Chair position activities. Candidates should discuss and come to an agreement with the host about the ratio of teaching to research, as well as the number and level of courses to be taught. The host may expect the scholar to supervise students who are completing their master’s theses or Ph.D. dissertations. A research and teaching plan should be included in the project statement of the Distinguished Chair application.

If a scholar proposes to collaborate with more than one host institution, the project statement must clearly indicate the exact period of time the scholar will be affiliated with each host.

The Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies is funded by the Nokia Foundation and the Fulbright Finland Foundation. The U.S. program partner is the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES).

The Chair Position

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair position is viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. The Chair is able to engage in a variety of professional activities, such as:

  • research collaboration in an international environment
  • writing joint publications with Finnish colleagues
  • teaching and lecturing
  • mentoring student research at the master and doctoral level
  • developing international exchange collaboration between the American home and Finnish host institution
  • a brief lecture visit to another European country through the Inter-Country Travel Grant program.

Starting date of position is late August unless otherwise agreed upon with Fulbright Finland.

Benefits

The Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies is available for visits of 3–9 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.
  • Possibility to split the award to two or more periods that together meet the maximum 9 months and individually respect the minimum 3 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 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. 

Eligibility

Distinguished Chair eligibility guidelines and review criteria are published on the 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 a Fulbright grant.

Opportunities in Finland

Finland is technologically one of the most advanced countries in the world. One quarter of the Finnish labor force is directly or indirectly employed by the technology industry and three quarters of private-sector R&D investment goes to the technology sector. The size and the role of Information and Communications Technologies in the Finnish economy and R&D have grown considerably along with the Nokia’s worldwide success.

Finnish higher education institutions engage in world leading research and offer high quality academic programs. In relation to the gross domestic product, Finland invests more in research and development than almost any other OECD country. Finnish institutions and researchers are also among the most active scientific publishers in the world.

Together with a welcoming and intriguing environment, Finland offers interesting opportunities for American researchers and lecturers both professionally and socially. Please visit the following websites to begin your search.

The Nokia Foundation

The Nokia Foundation was formed in 1995 and supports the scientific development of information and telecommunications technologies and promotes education in the sector in Finland.

How to Apply?

The application period for the academic year 2021-2022 opens in February 14, 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.

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

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.

Resources for Hosts

Timeline

   
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)


 

Affiliation

The purpose of the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies is to enhance cooperation between Finnish and American higher education institutions and academics in the field.

Candidates are expected to secure an affiliation with a Finnish institution themselves. However, assistance in locating possible host institutions and making connections is available from Fulbright Finland if needed.

The candidate and the Finnish host institution work together in designing the Chair position activities. Candidates should negotiate and agree with the host on the teaching and research ratio and the number and level of courses to be taught. The host may expect the scholar to supervise students who are completing their master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertation. A research and lecture plan should be included in the project statement of the Distinguished Chair application.

The Finnish host institution is expected to arrange and pay for housing for the scholar. Candidates should communicate their housing needs to the host institution so that appropriate housing can be arranged for them.

The Distinguished Chair application should include a letter of invitation from a Finnish higher education institution. The letter should include information on the agreed teaching and research plan, details of housing, and length and dates of the proposed visit (Finnish host institution should refer to these instructions).

 

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.
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Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.