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


Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Medical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences.

The University of Eastern Finland (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.

In 2018, UEF has been ranked #43 by THE and #61-70 by QS among the world’s best young universities. In QS University Ranking by Subject, UEF was ranked #49 in Nursing,  #101-150 in Agriculture & Forestry, as well as #201-250 in Pharmacy and Pharmacology, #201-250 in Educational Sciences , #251-300 in Medicine.


Aerosols, Climate Change and Human Health; Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases; Neurosciences; Musculoskeletal Disorders; Forests Global Change and Bioeconomy; Sustainable Governance of Natural Resources.

Read more about research areas at UEF.

Description of Activity

The award includes research and teaching at:

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 departments for more information.

The award is offered for a period of 5-9 months, starting in either September or January. The academic year runs from September through mid-May. No teaching is generally offered during June to August. Applicants interested in a Flex grant are advised to contact the Fulbright Finland and University of Eastern Finland for more information.


The University of Eastern Finland is one of the largest universities in Finland. The university has two main campuses in the cities of Joensuu and Kuopio, located 400 kilometers northeast of Helsinki. UEF’s campuses are significant research and innovation centres, and in the close vicinity of the campuses, several national-level research institutes, e.g. the National Institute of Health and Welfare and the National Institute of Occupational Health as well as the Kuopio University Hospital, the European Forest Institute, technology parks and knowledge-based enterprises are housing their activities.

The city of Kuopio (founded 1775) is a modern, developing center of economic life, scientific knowledge, and technological expertise in Eastern Finland. A unique natural setting and a high quality of life make it an appealing place to live. It is the eighth largest city in Finland with about 120,000 inhabitants. The city of Joensuu (founded 1848) is a vibrant and growing high-tech center close to the Russian border. Joensuu is home of 76,000 inhabitants and there urban lifestyle and quiet rural areas live side by side.


The Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health Sciences is available for lecturing and research visits of 5-9 months. It includes a monthly award of 5,000 euros, free housing, and round-trip travel. 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. Additionally, the Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation grantee will receive the full support services provided by Fulbright Finland for all Fulbright grantees in Finland.

The grant is funded in co-operation by the University of Eastern Finland, the Saastamoinen Foundation, and Fulbright Finland, the Finnish Fulbright Commission. The Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health Sciences is a special grant within the Fulbright U.S. Core Scholar Program administered by the Institute of International Education/Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES).


Rank of full or associate professor.


Instructions and application forms are available through IIE/CIES.Through the Fulbright Core Scholar Program two grants are awarded annually for scholars in Health and Environmental Sciences to lecture and conduct research at the University of Eastern Finland.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES) pre-screens the applications in the U.S. and forwards the recommended applications to Fulbright Finland for final selection. Additional information, including application materials, are available from the IIE/CIES website.

Please note, that you have to make yourself a "My Fulbright" profile in order to access the program details and the Catalog of Awards.

Assistance and Additional Information

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.

University of Eastern Finland

Primary point of contact:

Ms. Anitta Etula
Head of International Relations, UEF
tel: +358 50 5905 012

Dr. Riikka Pellinen
Executive Head of Administration
Faculty of Health Sciences, UEF
tel: +358 403552453

Dr. Arja Hirvonen
Executive Head of Administration
Faculty of Forest and Natural Sciences, UEF
tel: +358 447163422

Ms. Ulla Hurskainen
Executive Head of Administration
Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, UEF
tel: +358 505125238

Fulbright Finland Foundation

Ms. Emmi Jelekäinen
Program Coordinator

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

Please let us know if we can provide any further information about this grant in particular or about the Finnish-American Fulbright program in general.

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES/IIE)

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Washington, DC 20005

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