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 3-12 months.


Any field represented at Tampere University.


The Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar award is awarded yearly to two scholars; one in the field of technology and the other in the field of society and/or health. Both awards are for a period of 3-12 months.

Description of Activity

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

  •     Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences
  •     Faculty of Management and Business
  •     Faculty of Education and Culture
  •     Faculty of Medicine and Health Technologies
  •     Faculty of Built Environment
  •     Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
  •     Faculty of Social Sciences

The grant is offered for a period of 3-12 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.

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

Tampere University

In January 2019, the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology merged to a new foundation-based university called Tampere University. Tampere University is located in three campuses; Central Campus, Hervanta Campus and Kauppi Campus.

Combining the strengths of the two universities created a higher education community that is more diverse, international and influential. It is a unique hub for interdisciplinary research and education in the fields of health, society and technology.

Tampere University is fully integrated into the surrounding society and working life. As an excellent research environment, the city of Tampere offers the University a living laboratory in which to test, experiment, learn from mistakes and gain insight.

Tampere University (TUNI) 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.

Tampere University is Finland’s most popular multidisciplinary university. The flexibility afforded to students to study free-choice studies makes Tampere University especially popular with applicants. Please check out the degree programs on the Tampere University Admissions site.

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.

The University hosts national Centers of Excellence in research in the fields of mitochondria, history, game culture, body-on-chip, inverse problems research and bio membrane. Tampere University continuously develops its research infrastructure. Please visit the Tampere University 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.


The Fulbright – Tampere University Scholar Award is available for lecturing and research visits of 3-12 months. It includes a monthly award of 4,500 euros, free housing, and round-trip travel. In addition, the grantee will 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 – Tampere University Scholar Award 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 Tampere University, and Fulbright Finland Foundation, the Finnish Fulbright Commission. The Fulbright – Tampere University Scholar Award is a special grant within the Fulbright U.S. Core Scholar Program administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES).


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

Applications are submitted through IIE/CIES. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES) pre-screens the applications in the U.S. and forwards the recommended applications to the Fulbright Finland for final selection. Instructions and application materials are available from the IIE/CIES website and Fulbright U.S. Scholar Catalog of Awards.

Assistance and Additional Information

NOTE: July is traditionally a summer vacation month 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.

Tampere University

Ms. Minna Haka-Risku
email: minna.haka-risku(at)tuni.fi

Fulbright Finland Foundation

Ms. Emmi Jelekäinen
Program Coordinator
Hakaniemenranta 6
FI-00530 Helsinki
tel: +358 44 5535 286

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES)

1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005