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Research and Lecturing Grants to Finland

The Fulbright Finland Foundation offers a variety of unique grant opportunities for U.S. Scholars to undertake temporary research and/or lecturing projects in Finland over a period of one to twelve months. Several types of grants are available for different purposes and academic disciplines in Finnish institutions.

Please find below the grants offered for U.S. Scholars. If you are a student and interested in conducting research in Finland, please visit our page for U.S. Student Program.

Grants for all Disciplines

Grants for Specific Fields

American Studies

Arctic Research

Business and Economics

Business, Leadership and Management

Health Sciences

Health and Environmental Sciences

Information and Communications Technologies

Science, Technology, and Innovation

ICT and digitalization, Materials and sustainable use of natural resources, Art and design knowledge building, and Global business dynamics

Grants for multiple visits (Flex awards)

How to Apply?

The U.S. program partner in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is the Institute of International Education IIE. Applications are submitted through IIE, which pre-screens the applications in the United States and forwards the recommended dossiers to the Fulbright Finland Foundation for final selection.

Additional information, including detailed application instructions, is available from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Catalog of Awards.

The deadline for U.S. Scholar applications for the academic year 2020-2021 is on 16 September, 2019

Research in Finland

Finnish higher education institutions engage in world-leading research and offer high quality academic programs. Together with a welcoming and intriguing environment, Finland offers interesting opportunities for U.S. researchers and lecturers both professionally and socially. Please visit the following websites to begin your search.


An international researcher does not necessarily need Finnish or Swedish in order to be able to live in Finland. English is widely spoken in academic circles and in the country as a whole.

Candidate Profile

In Finland, the U.S. Scholar applications and the proposed Fulbright projects are evaluated on:

  • Academic or professional qualifications
  • Originality and feasibility of the proposed project
  • Benefit to the host institution
  • Potential for long-term impact
  • The importance of conducting the project in Finland
  • Contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the candidate’s field
  • Contribution to personal and professional development
  • Contribution to the objectives of the Fulbright Program and the Fulbright Finland Foundation
  • Personal factors: adaptability and suitability of the candidate to act as a Fulbright Ambassador for the U.S. in Finland

Applicants residing in Finland are not eligible.

Resources for Hosts


Emmi Jelekäinen
Program Specialist

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 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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Research and Lecturing Grant to Finland program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.