Students studying at the Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland.

Fulbright-TUAS Scholar Award

The Fulbright-TUAS Scholar Award enables U.S. scholars to undertake teaching at the bachelor’s and master’s levels at the Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS).

Purpose of the Grant Program

The Fulbright-TUAS Scholar Award enables U.S. scholars to undertake teaching at the bachelor’s and master’s levels at the Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS).

The grantee will undertake teaching mostly at the master’s level at TUAS. In addition, the grantee will participate both in the implementation of ongoing research, development and innovation (RDI) projects and in planning new project initiatives together with TUAS faculty members.

Master’s programs at TUAS are built on multiform studies including problem-based learning processes, lectures and seminars, e-learning and independent work, and are conducted in close cooperation with business life. Master’s students must have a minimum of two years of relevant work experience prior to their studies. Their contact sessions are held usually on two full workdays approximately once a month. Due to this, in addition to teaching, the grantee will also familiarize him/herself with TUAS RDI projects and participate in activities of the research group(s) in his/her field. TUAS focuses on applied RDI that is closely connected to the development needs of the industry and other organizations. A successful RDI project responds to the needs of individuals and communities.

The grant will be awarded for the field of business administration or engineering and technology (see below). The detailed focus of the grant will be defined together with the grantee based on his/her expertise.

The Fulbright-TUAS Scholar Award is jointly funded by the Turku University of Applied Sciences and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.

Specializations

Business, Leadership and Management, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical, Engineering, Marine Engineering, Software Engineering, and Telecommunications Engineering.

Benefits

The Fulbright-TUAS Scholar Award is available for visits of 3–9 months. It includes:

  • Monthly allowance of 2,700 – 4,500 euros per month depending on the expertise of the grantee:
    • For a candidate in the rank of at least an assistant professor and with professional experience outside of academia of at least 5 years in a relevant field 2,700 euros
    • For a candidate in the rank of at least an assistant professor and with professional experience outside of academia of at least 10 years in a relevant field 3,500 euros
    • For a full professor with professional experience outside of academia with at least 15 years of work experience in a relevant field 4,500 euros.
  • One-time travel allowance of 1,800 USD.
  • Housing for the scholar and his/her accompanying family arranged and paid 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.

Eligibility

A candidate for The Fulbright – TUAS Scholar Award must hold a Ph.D. degree (or other terminal degree). The grantee must have sufficient experience in teaching in his/her field. Candidates with academic and relevant professional experience outside of academia are preferred and priority will be given to candidates holding a Ph.D.

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.

Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS)

Turku University of Applied Sciences is one of the 23 universities of applied sciences which operate under the mandate of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. Students at universities of applied sciences can complete Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Universities of applied sciences may also provide professional specialization programs, degree modules as open university education or as other non-degree studies, and continuing professional education.

TUAS is an inspiring community of 10,000 members and an innovative and multidisciplinary higher education institution, which creates international competitiveness and well-being for Southwest Finland. TUAS graduates are practice-oriented professionals with top competencies. 

Studies at TUAS are working life-oriented, combining theoretical studies with professional skills. At the core of teaching is innovation pedagogy, a new approach to learning developed at TUAS. Innovation pedagogy emphasizes the viewpoints of RDI and working life, making TUAS graduates independently minded professionals with excellent international and communication skills. The cornerstones of innovation pedagogy are

  • innovative learning and teaching methods
  • cross-disciplinary learning environment and boundary crossing
  • integrated and extensive research and development activities
  • flexible curricula
  • acknowledging the importance of entrepreneurship and service production
  • internationalization in research, development and student engagement.

Turku – a modern European city with great possibilities

  • The Turku Region is the third largest urban region in Finland with 317,000 inhabitants. It is located in the southwestern Finland by the river Aura. Turku was the first capital of Finland, prior to Helsinki, and it has at times been a highly important gateway to the west. The Port of Turku is a significant commercial hub with busy ferry traffic to Sweden, and the airport offers flight connections all over Europe.
  • History has given the city a distinctive cultural atmosphere. Turku is also multicultural, as evidenced by its myriad nationalities, languages, and customs. The city is home to people of over 130 nationalities, speaking over one hundred different languages.
  • Turku area has 22,000 enterprises with a total of 130,000 jobs. Turku is one of the strongest education and know-how clusters in Northern Europe with six higher education institutions and 40,000 students.
  • Turku is a cozy city, where everything works efficiently and is easily accessible. It also has great possibilities for leisure time whether you’re attending cultural events, doing sports, or visiting the beautiful archipelago that opens to the Baltic Sea.
  • More information on Turku can be found at Visit Turku.

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 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.

Timeline

   
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 can be delayed. Applicants are advised to contact TUAS well ahead of time to solicit an invitation letter for their application.

 

Contact Information

  Fulbright Finland Foundation
(general Fulbright program related questions)
Turku University of Applied Sciences
(host institution related questions)

 

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

Ms. Anu Härkönen
Head of International Affairs
anu.harkonen(at)turkuamk.fi

Ms. Mirva Virtanen
HR Specialist
Mirva.virtanen(at)turkuamk.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 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.
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Fulbright-TUAS Scholar Award program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.