Researchers in a laboratory at the University of Eastern Finland.

Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences

Fulbright Finland Foundation, University of Eastern Finland, and Saastamoinen Foundation offer a unique opportunity for international academic collaboration in Health and Environmental Sciences. The Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences is available for lecturing and research visits of 5-9 months at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF).

Purpose of the Grant Program

The award is meant for conducting research and teaching in the fields of health or environmental sciences at any of the following faculties or research units at the University of Eastern Finland:

Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Science and Forestry

Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies

Other Research Units

Applicants are encouraged to contact the host department, faculty or research program to work together in designing the grant activities.

Starting date of position is August or January unless otherwise agreed upon with the Fulbright Finland Foundation. The academic year begins in September and ends in August. There is generally no teaching from June to August.

The Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences is jointly funded by the Saastamoinen Foundation, the University of Eastern Finland and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.

Benefits

The Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences is available for visits of 5–9 months. It includes:

  • Monthly grant of 5,000 EUR  (approx. 5,500 USD), paid out in euro in monthly installments.
  • One-time travel allowance of 1,800 USD.
  • Housing for the scholar and his/her accompanying family arranged and paid for by the host university.
  • 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 U.S. Fulbright grantees at the end of August each year (orientation is also arranged in January for grantees arriving for the spring semester).
  • Fulbright Finland mid-year activities and networking opportunities (such as the American Voices Seminar at the University of Turku) each year.

The grantee will also be eligible, free of charge, to participate in a Fulbright Finland pre-approved summer school in Finland consisting of courses on Finnish language, culture and society, pending availability of suitable programs.

Eligibility

A candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree and have sufficient experience in teaching and research in Health or Environmental sciences.

The candidate must be a U.S. citizen. Proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact are not eligible.

U.S. Scholar Program 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.

University of Eastern Finland

The University of Eastern Finland is one of the largest universities in Finland, we are home to approximately 15,500 students and 2,500 members of staff. The university has two campuses in the cities of Joensuu and Kuopio, located 400 kilometers northeast of Helsinki. UEF’s campuses are significant research and innovation centers, and in the close vicinity of the campuses lie several national-level research institutes as well as the Kuopio University Hospital, the European Forest Institute in Joensuu, and technology parks and knowledge-based enterprises.

UEF is a multidisciplinary research university, which has recognized e.g. the following global challenges: “Aging, Lifestyles and Health” and “Environmental Change and Sufficiency of Natural Resources”. According to the UEF’s Strategy the university is seeking solutions through its scientific research and research-based education to these challenges.

At UEF, research in both health and environment is extremely multidisciplinary by nature. The health research comprises clinical medicine, molecular medicine, medical physics, pharmacy, nursing science as well as research on health economics and management. The environmental research covers a wide range of expertise not only in natural sciences, forestry, biology, environmental physics, environmental chemistry and environmental health, but also in social sciences, for example research on sustainable use of natural resources, and environmental policy and law.

Kuopio and its surroundings are known for their nature and quality of life, know-how, science and technology and, of course, the character of its people. The beautiful nature and pleasant living environment, with excellent services, make Kuopio an attractive place to live. Water and forests dominate the landscape. Kuopio is also an important university city, and one of the national centers of expertise.

Joensuu is a lively urban hub, where science, technology and industry, as well as public bodies, together form an open ecosystem, where new actors are welcome. In summer Joensuu is fashioned by the Karelian lifestyle by the River Pielisjoki, flowing through the lively city center. Also, in Joensuu, water and forest are close by giving vast array of means to explore nature.

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 Scholar Program is the Institute of International Education/Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES). Applications are submitted through IIE/CIES and forwarded to its peer review committee. Applications recommended by the committee are then sent to Fulbright Finland in Helsinki for final selection.

Additional information and detailed application instructions are available from the Fulbright Finland Foundation and IIE/CIES websites.

Resources for Hosts:

Timeline

   
Application period starts: February 14, 2020
Application period ends: September 15, 2020
Earliest possible starting date: August 2021
Orientation seminar in Helsinki: TBC (expected in mid-August 2021 or mid-January 2022 for scholars arriving in 2022)

Further Information

NOTE: July and August are traditionally summer vacation months 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.

 

Contact Information

  Fulbright Finland Foundation
(general Fulbright program related questions)
University of Eastern Finland
(host institution related questions)
  Emmi Jelekäinen
Program Specialist
+358 44 5535 275
emmi.jelekainen(at)fulbright.fi

Dr. Riikka Pellinen
Director of International Affairs
+358 40 3552453
riikka.pellinen(at)uef.fi

Ms. Hanna Ollikainen-Richards
Executive Head of Administration
Faculty of Health Sciences
+358 403552163
hanna.ollikainen-richards(at)uef.fi

Dr. Arja Hirvonen
Executive Head of Administration
Faculty of Forest and Natural Sciences
+358 447163422
arja.hirvonen(at)uef.fi

Ms. Ulla Hurskainen
Executive Head of Administration
Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies
+358 505125238
ulla.hurskainen(at)uef.fi

Useful Links:
University of Eastern Finland
City of Kuopio
City of Joensuu
This is Finland

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.
Global Fulbright Program logo

Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.