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Fulbright Visiting Chair at Florida Polytechnic University

The Visiting Chair Award is meant for Finnish researchers and scholars to conduct research at Florida Polytechnic University and work with its students and faculty. Florida Polytechnic University is the only state university in Florida dedicated exclusively to STEM education.
The application round for the academic year 2024-25 ended on October 3.

Purpose of the Grant Program

The purpose of the award is to enable Finnish scholars to conduct research at Florida Polytechnic University and at the same time act as ambassadors for the Fulbright Finland Foundation programs, Finland, and their home institutions, sharing their culture and contributing to the relations between Finland and the U.S.

The visiting chair will be focused on research pertaining to any of the following general subject areas:

  • Computer science
  • Computer engineering
  • Data science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Autonomous vehicles

In addition to carrying out the program of research, the visiting chair will teach selective lectures in support of research and instructional programs.

The award is funded by Florida Polytechnic University and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.

Florida Polytechnic University

Florida Polytechnic University is an accredited member of the State University System of Florida dedicated exclusively to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The University is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida, blending applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. The campus is located in Lakeland, the heart of Florida’s High-Tech Corridor.

For more information on Florida Polytechnic University please visit: https://floridapoly.edu/


  • Grant: 21 500 USD for one semester. Minimum length of the visit is one semester.
  • Support services and additional benefits:
    • Free visa for the grantee and their accompanying family members
    • Personal advising services throughout the process
    • Extensive orientation training to the U.S. culture, higher education system, and details for the upcoming Fulbright period. The training includes online materials, virtual meetings, and an orientation day in Helsinki.
    • Networking opportunities and enrichment activities in the U.S. organized by the U.S. program partner (e.g. seminars, events, workshops)
    • Access to local alumni support networks in Finland and in the U.S.

You can find the full list of additional benefits and program services here.

Support for Grantees with Disabilities

Extra funding support is available for grantees with disabilities. If you have a disability that would cause additional costs for the grant term, contact the Foundation to discuss reasonable accommodations. Email the Foundation (emmi.jelekainen@fulbright.fi) by the grant application deadline your self-assessment with a description of the disability and the specific accommodations requested.

Please note that disclosing the need for disability accommodation does not affect the review and selection process.


Academic Requirements

  • Degree: You must hold a doctoral degree at the time of application deadline.

Visa Requirements

  • J-1 Visa: You will travel to the U.S. with an exchange visitor visa (the J-1 visa) organized by the Fulbright program.
  • Finnish citizenship and residence: You must be a Finnish citizen (if you are not a Finnish citizen but work as a researcher in Finland, please consider our travel grant programs). You cannot have Finnish-American dual citizenship or a permanent residence permit in the U.S. Applicants residing in the U.S. are not eligible. The research work in the U.S. has to start with the Fulbright grant. The grant cannot be awarded for a research project that the applicant has already started in the U.S.
  • Previous stay in the U.S. (for both applicant and family members): Due to the 12-month bar and 24-month bar regulations, if you and your family members have visited the U.S. with a J-1 or J-2 visa within the past 24 months, please contact the Foundation when writing your application.
  • Two-year home country residency requirement: Grantees and/or their dependents cannot apply for a work permit or an immigration visa to the U.S. immediately after their grant period has finished. One has to reside in their home country for two years after the grant period. However, normal tourist visits and for example studying in the U.S. is possible. Read more about this requirement here.

How to Apply?

The detailed application instructions and more information on the application process can be found in the links below. Please read them carefully.

These instructions, targeted at Finnish applicants, provide you with further information on the questions of the application form and guide you through the application step by step. Please follow the instructions while you are filling in the form. If there is any contradictory information in the form and the instructions, always follow the instructions for Finnish applicants specifically.

Application and attachments

The application is submitted through the IIE online application form.

Documents which are required to be included in the application:

Use the checklist to make sure you have attached all the required documents in the application. The applicant is responsible for saving all the required attachments in the application system by the deadline.

Only complete applications sent by the application deadline will be reviewed.

Evaluation criteria

The applications are evaluated according to the evaluation criteria set by the Fulbright Finland Foundation Board.

As part of the application review process, IIE, our U.S. partner organization, will screen the applications to identify any instance of plagiarism.

If you face any technical difficulties when filling in the application form, you should immediately contact the Fulbright Finland Foundation.


Application period starts Early April 2023
Deadline for applications October 3, 2023 (Finnish time)
Applicant interviews (virtual) November 15-16, 2023
Selections announced December 2023
Program-specific online meeting March 2024 (date TBC)
Compulsory Orientation Day in Helsinki for all selected grantees May 2024 (date TBC)
Earliest possible starting date of the grant period August 1, 2024


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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This program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.