Fulbright-TUAS Scholar Award

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


Business; Leadership and management

Description of Grant Activity

The grantee will undertake teaching mostly at the master’s level and conduct applied research at Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS). 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 co-operation with business life. Master’s students must have a minimum of three years of relevant work experience prior to their studies. Their contact sessions are held usually on two full work days approximately once a month. Due to this, in addition to teaching, the grantee will also take part in TUAS research projects.

The grant will be awarded for the field of leadership and management.  The grant is awarded for a minimum of three months and a maximum of nine months, preferring full study terms (fall, spring or both terms). The academic year runs from August through May (fall semester: September-December, spring semester: January-May). The language of instruction is English. English is widely spoken in academia in Finland and in the country as a whole.

Additional Qualifications:  The grantee must have sufficient experience in teaching in the field of leadership and management. Candidates with academic and relevant professional experience outside of academia are preferred and priority will be given to candidates holding a PhD.


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.

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
  • concentration of acknowledging the importance of entrepreneurship and service production
  • internationalization in the level of research, development and student engagement.

TUAS also provides high quality and flexible training and consulting services for both individuals and organizations in the public and private sector.  In the field of applied research, Turku University of Applied Sciences represents the top tier in the country. TUAS coordinates or acts as a partner in over 200 RDI projects yearly. For more information on TUAS, please visit our webpage.

Turku – a modern European city with great possibilities

  • 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. The first capital of Finland has during times been a highly important gateway to the west. Port of Turku is a significant commercial hub with busy ferry traffic to Sweden, and the airport offers flight connections all over Europe.
  • The history has given the city a distinctively cultural atmosphere. Turku is also multicultural, as evidenced by the myriad nationalities, languages and customs. The city is home to people of over 130 nationalities, who speak 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 up to the Baltic Sea.

More information on Turku at Visit Turku: www.visitturku.fi


The Fulbright – TUAS Scholar Award includes free housing for the grantee and his/her family, arranged and paid for by TUAS. The monthly allowance for a grantee is 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.

The grant includes a travel allowance of USD 1,800.

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. Additionally, the Fulbright-TUAS Scholar Award grantee will receive the full support services provided by Fulbright Finland for all Fulbright grantees in Finland.

TUAS also provides individual assistance in practicalities concerning the grantee’s integration in Turku, the Finnish society and the university. TUAS warmly welcomes all new members of international staff.

The grant is funded in cooperation by the Turku University of Applied Sciences and the Fulbright Finland Foundation (the Finnish Fulbright Commission). The Fulbright-TUAS Scholar Award is a special grant within the Fulbright U.S. Core Scholar Program administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES/IIE).


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.

The application period for the academic year 2020-21 ends on September 16, 2019.

Please note that you have to make yourself a "My Fulbright" profile in order to access the program details and the Catalog of Awards.

Assistance and Additional 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.

Turku University of Applied Sciences

Turku University of Applied Sciences encourages applicants to contact the university staff beforehand.

Turku University of Applied Sciences
Joukahaisenkatu 3A
20540 Turku Finland

Ms. Anu Härkönen
Head of International Affairs

Ms. Mari Tauriainen
HR Specialist

Fulbright Finland Foundation

Ms. Emmi Jelekäinen
Program Coordinator

Hakaniemenranta 6
FI-00530 Helsinki
tel: +358 44 5535 286

Please let us know if we can provide any further information about this grant in particular or about the Finnish-American Fulbright program in general.

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES)

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Washington DC 20005, United States