International students playing in the snow at Tampere University in Finland.

Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Award

The Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Award offers U.S. scholars the opportunity to conduct research at the Tampere University for a period of 3-10 months.

Purpose of the Grant Program

The Fulbright- Tampere University grantee will conduct research and lecture at any of the seven faculties of the University:

  1. Faculty of Technology and Communication Sciences
  2. Faculty of Management and Business
  3. Faculty of Education and Culture
  4. Faculty of Medicine and Health Technologies
  5. Faculty of Built Environment
  6. Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
  7. Faculty of Social Sciences

The grant can be awarded for any field represented at Tampere University.

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-Tampere University Scholar Award is jointly funded by the Tampere University and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.


The Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Award is available for visits of 3–10 months. It includes:

  • Monthly grant of 4,500 EUR  (approx. 5,000 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 payed 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.


A candidate for the Fulbright–Tampere University Scholar Award should hold a Ph.D. degree (or other terminal degree) and have some experience in teaching and research in his/her field. 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.

Tampere University

Tampere University is located in three campuses: Central Campus, Hervanta Campus and Kauppi Campus.

In January 2019, the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology merged to a new foundation-based university called Tampere University. Combining the strengths of the two universities created a higher education community that is more diverse, international and influential. Tampere University’s strength lies in its multidisciplinarity, and especially in its research and teaching on technology, society and health. The University is the largest educator in the fields of social and administrative sciences in Finland.

Tampere University offers 35 international master’s programs and an international Tampere Summer School with more than 30 inspiring courses covering a range of academic fields and up-to-date topics. The University cooperates with almost 500 partner universities internationally, and it draws its students and staff from 80 countries.

The University hosts national Centers of Excellence in research in the fields of Mitochondria, Metabolism and Disease, History of Experiences, Body-on-Chip Research and Game Culture Studies.

The Academy of Finland Flagship Program promotes excellent research and versatile impact arising therefrom. Tampere University is the coordinator of the flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation (PREIN).

Tampere University continuously develops its research infrastructure. The Academy of Finland has selected four new competence clusters to be funded under its Flagship Programme. One of the newly selected flagships is Photonics Research and Innovation, which is coordinated by Tampere University.

Please visit their website for more information on the research carried out at Tampere University.



Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland center in the Nordic countries.

Tampere is one of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland. It is a center of leading-edge technology, research, education, culture, sports and business. Year after year, the City of Tampere comes first in image surveys comparing the largest cities in Finland. It is also the most attractive city among Finns who plan on moving. Tampere is home to more than 220,000 people. The Greater Tampere Area, which comprises Tampere and its neighboring municipalities, has a population of almost half a million.

Find more information at Visit Tampere.

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 U.S. 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 discipline-based peer review committees in the United States. Applications that pass this initial peer review in the United States 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 IIE/CIES websites.

Fulbright Finland encourages potential applicants to contact the office directly with any questions.

Resources for Hosts:


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 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.


Contact Information

  Fulbright Finland Foundation
(general Fulbright program related questions)
Tampere University
(host institution related questions)


Emmi Jelekäinen
Program Specialist
+358 44 5535 275

Ms. Minna Haka-Risku

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-Tampere University Scholar Award program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.