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Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Award

The Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Award provides U.S. scholars with the opportunity to conduct research and teach in any field represented at Tampere University.

Purpose of the Grant Program

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

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

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

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

Benefits

The award is available for visits of 3–10 months. It includes:

  • Monthly grant of 4,500 EUR (approx. 4,800 USD*), paid out in euro in monthly installments.
  • One-time travel allowance of 1,800 USD.
  • Residence permit allowance based on the actual permit fees (incl. grantee and accompanying family members).
  • Housing for the scholar and their accompanying family arranged and paid for by the host university.
  • Work facilities and administrative support.
  • Orientation and support services provided by Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki. For example, the Foundation 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.

* amounts in USD are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.

Eligibility

A candidate for the Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Award should hold a Ph.D. degree and have some experience in teaching and research in their field. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen.

Proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact are not eligible. Please contact the Fulbright Finland Foundation if you have any questions about the eligibility of your project.

U.S. Scholar Program eligibility guidelines and review criteria are published on the Fulbright Scholar Program 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 to apply for this award.

Tampere University

Tampere University is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. Almost all internationally recognised fields of study are represented at the university. The University brings together research and education in technology, health and society. The collaboration with the partners is built on the University's strengths, unique combinations of scientific disciplines and applied expertise.

Tampere University coordinates four Centres of Excellence funded by the Academy of Finland. The University has top researchers who have been granted with ERC funding from the European Research Council. In addition, the University coordinates an Academy of Finland Flagship Programme. The University strengthens its research profile in strategically selected areas with competitive funding for profiling.

Tampere University is a community of 21,000 students and over 4,000 staff members and is located on three campuses: Central Campus, Hervanta Campus and Kauppi Campus. They offer several Master’s, Bachelor’s and Doctoral programmes in English and welcome around 1000 exchange students yearly and have around 550 bilateral agreements covering both student and staff exchange.

Please visit the university website for more information on their research excellence,  international activities and study programmes in English

City of Tampere

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 for 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 240,000 people. The Greater Tampere Area, which comprises Tampere and its neighbouring 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 2024-25 has ended!

The U.S. program partner in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is the Institute of International Education IIE. Applications are submitted through IIE and forwarded to discipline-based peer review committees in the U.S. Applications that pass this initial peer review in the U.S. are forwarded to the Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki to be reviewed by the 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 the Fulbright Scholar Program websites.

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

Resources for Hosts:

Timeline

   
Application period starts: February 1, 2023
Application period ends: September 15, 2023
Earliest possible starting date: August 2024
Orientation seminar in Helsinki: TBC (expected in mid-August 2024 and mid-January 2025)

Further Information

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.

Tampere University encourages applicants to contact the university staff beforehand. Minna Haka-Risku is happy to help potential candidates to connect with the faculty members for discussion.

 

Contact Information

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

 

Emmi Jelekäinen
Program Specialist
+358 44 5535 275
emmi.jelekainen(at)fulbright.fi

Ms. Minna Haka-Risku
Manager of International Affairs
minna.haka-risku(at)tuni.fi

Alumni Experiences

Take a look at the stories and video interviews of previous Finnish Fulbright grantees.

Chemistry Professor Renews Love of Tinkering during Fulbright Scholar Experience in Finland

  • Jeffrey Anker, 2022-23 Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Awardee

Science Diplomacy & ‘Together Shaping the Future’

  • Anita Wagner, 2022-23 Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Awardee

Decarbonizing the Built Environment

  • Ming Hu, 2020-21 Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Awardee

Discover additional stories about our grantees and alumni by visiting our blog or YouTube channel. Please feel free to reach out to Fulbright Finland Outreach Ambassadors.

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