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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 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. 5,100 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 Institute of International Education/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 to apply for this award.

Tampere University

Tampere University is located on 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 technology, society and health. The University is the largest educator in the fields of social and administrative sciences in Finland.

Tampere University offers 38 Master’s, 6 Bachelor’s and 23 doctoral programmes in English. We welcome around 1000 exchange students yearly and have around 550 bilateral agreements covering both student and staff exchange. Tampere Summer School offers a large variety of inspiring courses covering a range of academic fields and up-to-date topics.

At Tampere university, research on technology, health and society come together in a unique way. The university conducts multi- and transdisciplinary research across organizational boundaries in their research groups and projects. The university has a lot to be proud of, like, for example, researchers and research groups, who have received funding from the Academy of Finland or the European Research Council. Their spearheads of research have been defined as outstanding by international evaluations.

The Academy of Finland’s Centers of Excellence (CoE) are at the very cutting edge of science in their fields. A CoE is a research and training network that has a clearly defined set of research objectives and is run under a joint management.

Tampere University coordinates three CoEs:
•    Center of Excellence in History of Experiences (2018–2025) coordinated by Professor Pertti Haapala
•    Center of Excellence in Body-on-Chip Research (2018-2025) coordinated by Professor Minna Kellomäki
•    Center of Excellence in Game Culture Studies (2018–2025), coordinated by Professor Frans Mäyrä

In addition, Tampere University is a member of three other Centers of Excellence.

The Academy of Finland Flagship Programme promotes excellent research and versatile impact arising therefrom. Tampere University is the coordinator of the flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation (PREIN). The flagship focuses on light-based technologies and their applications. Photonics and light-based technologies play a central role in all areas of modern life, including in telecommunications, biomedicine, health care, energy and environment, manufacturing, and consumer products.

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

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 more than 220,000 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 2023-24 closes on September 15, 2022.

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

Resources for Hosts:

Timeline

   
Application period starts: February 1, 2022
Application period ends: September 15, 2022
Earliest possible starting date: August 2023
Orientation seminar in Helsinki: TBC (expected in mid-August 2023 and mid-January 2024)

Further Information

NOTE: July and 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

 

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 Program 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.