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 guest lecturing at a higher education institution in Finland and to boost industrial-academic collaborations.

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, socio-economic development, human behavior, and business practices, when 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 guest 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 and Finnish companies. Fulbright scholars are often invited to guest lecture in other Finnish higher education institutions or international companies having a strong link to Finland. The Fulbright-Nokia Chair may also be asked to give a guest lecture at Nokia in order to increase the communication and further industrial-academic collaboration.

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. The host should be from the ICT field. 

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 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, and
  • a brief lecture visit to another European country through the Inter-Country Travel Grant program.

The starting date 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.
  • Residence permit allowance (based on the actual permit fees, including grantee and accompanying family members).
  • Housing is arranged and payed for by the host institution for the scholar.**
  • Work facilities and administrative support.
  • The award can be split into two segments within one academic or calendar year. Each segment must be a minimum of three months and together the two segments cannot exceed nine 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. 

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 2023-24 academic year is closed.

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: 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. 

Resources for Hosts

Timeline

   
Application period start: Early February, 2022
Application period end: September 15, 2022
Earliest possible starting date: August 2023
Mandatory orientation: TBC (expected in mid-August 2023 or mid-January 2024)

Alumni Experiences

"The opportunity to join the Fulbright Finland family has been a huge blessing, surrounded by like-minded individuals looking to push the boundaries of science and the arts, while incorporating international exchanges over new vistas and deep cultural sensitivities." Paul Berger: Ambient Intelligence for Sustainable and Healthier Living
 

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