2018-2019 U.S. Fulbright Fellows sitting in two rows and hugging each other, smiling at the camera at the Helsinki City Hall after 2019 Fulbright Award Ceremony

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright Finland Foundation awards grants to U.S. students who hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. Academically talented graduating seniors may also apply before having their degree in hand.

Purpose of the Grant Program

The grantee’s Fulbright period in Finland can have one of the following purposes:

  • to complete a full graduate degree program in Finland*
  • to take courses in a Finnish university as a non-degree student
  • to pursue research
  • to pursue research and take courses

* Fulbright grant (monthly allowance) is awarded for one academic year. However, in many cases Fulbright grant includes a full tuition waiver for the full Master's degree (2 years). Doctoral studies are in any case tuition-free in Finland. Please see further information on the grant benefits in the sections below and information on cost of study at Study in Finland website.

Award categories:

  1. Fulbright-Aalto University Graduate Award
  2. Fulbright-EDUFI Fellowships (Doctoral studies and research only)
  3. Fulbright-LUT University Graduate Award
  4. Fulbright-Tampere University Graduate Award (Master’s degree studies only)
  5. Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award (Master’s degree studies only)
  6. Fulbright-University of Jyväskylä Graduate Award (Master’s degree studies only)
  7. Fulbright-University of Turku Graduate Award
  8.  Grants funded in full by the Fulbright Finland Foundation (please see grant details on this page below)

Please note that you can apply to the different award categories by submitting only one application.

Please also take a note of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowships Program available to Finland.

Finland offers excellent study and research opportunities in a wide range of disciplines. Finnish universities offer high-quality programs in humanities and social sciences, fine and performing arts, as well as science and technology. They also have a wide selection of special Master’s and Doctoral programs taught in English. Visit the Study in Finland website and Studyinfo for more information, or alternatively, take a look at these videos:

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Read more from the Fulbright Finland News Magazine 1/2017: Innovative Approaches and Leading Scientists Attracted U.S. Graduate Students to Lappeenranta and Kuopio


An international student or researcher does not necessarily need to know Finnish or Swedish in order to be able to study in Finland. Many universities offer programs in English, and the language is widely spoken both in academic circles and in the country as a whole. Candidates should consult the academic department as to the availability of courses and the possibility to conduct research in English.

Cost of study and living in Finland


  • If you are a non-EU/EEA student applying to English-taught Master's degree program in order to complete a full degree at a Finnish institution, you will be required to pay tuition (app. 4 000 - 21 000 USD/year).
  • Finnish universities provide scholarships for tuition. Also, the Fulbright Finland Foundation awards funded in partnership with Finnish universities include a full-tuition scholarship as part of the Fulbright grantee benefit package (please see further information at the specific award websites).
  • In Finland, tuition fees are not charged for Doctoral studies, or degree courses offered in Finnish or Swedish. Exchange students are usually not charged tuition fees, either.
  • Please see more details on tuition fees and university-provided scholarships on the Study in Finland website and on the universities' websites.
  • The student is responsible for finding out if fees apply and for covering fee costs.


  • Please find living cost information on the Study in Finland website and on the universities' websites.
  • We have also collected living cost information on the Foundation's website.
  • Please note that whether your status at the Finnish university entitles you to student-discounted meals, travel, and housing, has a significant effect on your total budget. For example, doctoral students are not entitled to subsidized meals, travel discounts, low-cost student housing, or Student Health Services. Thus, make sure you find out what benefits you will be entitled to as a student in Finland by contacting your host university’s International Office well before arriving in Finland.

Funding second-year living costs as a Master's student

Find out here how the previous Master's students have funded their living costs during the second year of their studies in Finland.

A healthy couple of dollars hot student meals available on Finnish campuses and the affordable student housing truly lowers students' living cost in Finland” - U.S. university representative visiting Finnish campuses

What are the benefits of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program?

  • Fulbright Student Grant for one academic year (9 months)
    • Monthly award of EUR 1 000-1 900;
  • Travel allowance of USD 1600;
  • Residence permit allowance (based on the actual permit fees, incl. grantee and accompanying family members, funded by the Fulbright Finland Foundation);
  • A supplemental accident and sickness benefit (ASPE) for the grant period;
  • Full support services provided by the Foundation; and
  • Some of the special sponsored awards also include:
    • A tuition scholarship; and
    • a free-of-charge admission to a Foundation pre-approved summer school in Finland consisting of courses on Finnish language, culture, and society.
  • Fulbright Finland Centennial Travel Grant in Architecture, Design, and the Visual Arts: This additional grant can be awarded to U.S. or Finnish graduate student grantees representing any of the three fields to help cover their Fulbright project-related travel expenses in their destination country. No separate application is needed.

Please see detailed information on the benefits of the sponsored awards on the award-specific websites.

Education loan defermentWhile on a Fulbright in Finland, U.S. Student grantees have often been able to defer loans. Fulbright grants usually fall under the Graduate Fellowship deferment category. Grantee should confirm this with the lending institution. More information and help with paperwork can be found at the link above.

Alumni who successfully complete the Fulbright U.S. Student Program are eligible for 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the U.S. federal government, with the possibility of extensions if certain criteria are met.


You are eligible to apply for the program, if:

  • you are a U.S. citizen; and
  • hold a minimum of Bachelor's degree.

Academically talented graduating seniors may also apply before having the degree in hand. Current Ph.D. candidates or students seeking to complete a full graduate degree program in Finland may be given preference. Please note that also young post-docs who will not have received their doctorate before the Fulbright Student Program deadline are eligible to apply.

The sponsored grants can have a specific profile emphasis. Please refer to this specific information on the sites for each of the sponsored grants.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in a Finnish university (and registered for attendance) and/or residing in Finland are not eligible for consideration. 

Clinical Medicine is not recommended as a field of study.

Wondering whether you are a right fit for the Fulbright program to Finland? Read 2021-22 U.S. Fulbright Fellow Meg's blog post "Who is a Fulbright Finland Grantee", be inspired to celebrate diverse academic backgrounds, and apply!

How to Apply

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered on the U.S. side by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which oversees the application process and pre-screens applicants.

Candidates will apply either through a U.S. institution or At-Large.

  • If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you are required to apply through that institution, even if you are not currently resident there.
  • If you are not currently enrolled, you may apply through your alma mater, provided that the institution is willing and able to accommodate alumni applications.
  • All other candidates will apply as At-Large applicants from their states of permanent residence, even if they are currently overseas.

The application deadline for the 2024-25 academic year ends on 

  • October 10th, 2023 at 5 pm ET for At-Large applicants. This is the National Deadline.
  • Please note that Campus Deadlines will precede the National Deadline. The campus-specific deadlines typically range from August 1 to October 1, 2023. Please contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at your campus for information on campus-specific deadlines.

The general application procedure for all categories of Fulbright student grants for Finland is the same. If you wish to apply for the Fulbright Finland Foundation fully funded grant as well as any of the sponsored grants, please submit only one application. All the applications are automatically considered in each of the different grant categories which the applicant is eligible for (Fulbright Finland Foundation fully funded, university-specific awards, and EDUFI-sponsored grants).

Remember that you have a dual application procedure;

  1. the Fulbright grant competition and
  2. admission to the university.

University admission guidelines can be found on the university websites. The Fulbright-EDUFI Fellowship also has a dual application procedure, more detailed instructions are on the fellowship website. 

The academic year usually lasts from September to May. Please consult the department for details on the term structure and teaching periods.

Candidates applying through a U.S. institution usually have a separate campus deadline for their Fulbright application which is typically 4-6 weeks earlier than the final October deadline. Please confirm the campus deadline with your home institution's Fulbright program advisor.

Application form

Online Application

Instructions for filling in the application

Detailed application information and instructions

Evaluation criteria

The U.S. student grantees' final selection is made by the Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki. The applications are evaluated according to evaluation criteria set by the Fulbright Finland Foundation Board.


Candidates are responsible for securing affiliation with a Finnish institution of higher education, research institution, or other acceptable organization. Please see tips for arranging an affiliation below and a handout to pass on to your prospective host.

The affiliation confirmation content requirement varies according to your plans in Finland and the university application schedule. If you are planning to take courses and pursue research, please see both sections 2 and 3 below.

If you have any questions regarding the affiliation requirement or university letter, please contact the Foundation ([email protected]).

Each year current U.S. Student Fulbrighters in Finland may apply for additional funding from the Lois Roth Foundation (this funding is applied for after arrival to Finland).
"Studying political science in Finland might not at first pass seem incredibly relevant to someone who has spent most of their career in US state politics, but it was incredibly valuable and continues to be relevant. Learning how students and academics from other political systems view the US, and experiencing how non-US political processes work has helped me be a better issue advocate and a more intelligent public officer in New York State government. Perhaps most importantly, I was able to personally experience the importance of "soft power" programs like Fulbright, particularly in an age of increasing global tensions. In my opinion, there is no more efficient diplomatic tool than international educational exchange."
- Josh Meltzer studied Political Science on a Fulbright at the University of Helsinki in 2002-03 and serves now as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of the Attorney General in State of New York.


The Fulbright Finland Foundation does not provide maintenance for dependents. Candidates must ensure that they have sufficient funds to support accompanying family members during their stay. Public schooling for children is easily available and free of charge. You will find more information on this topic in the "Bringing Your Family" section.

Grant Timeline

Application period startsMarch 2023
Virtual Advising Event for Fulbright U.S. Student Program Applicants to FinlandJune 8, 2023, 19:00-20:00 Finnish time
Application period endsOctober 10, 2023, at 5 pm, campuses deadlines are typically 4-6 weeks earlier
Semi-finalists selectedEarly 2024 (tentative)
Grantee selections publishedMarch-May 2024 (tentative)
Pre-arrival webinarApril-May 2024 (tentative)
Grant term beginsAugust 2024
Orientation in HelsinkiMid- to Late August 2024


See Finland Studies MOOC to learn about studying at Finnish universities!

Alumni Experiences

Fulbright Finland Outreach Ambassadors are happy to share their knowledge about studying/doing research in Finland. Feel free to contact them.

Why have previous U.S. Fulbright student grantees chosen Finland?

Blog posts

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Mitchell Donovan, 2014-2015, University of Turku
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Sophia Albov, Fulbright U.S. Graduate Student 2013-2014 in organic agriculture at the University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland shares why her year in Finland has been life-changing.
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Olivia Jamandre, Fulbright-CIMO Grantee 2013-2014, tells how her Fulbright year at the Sibelius Academy (doctoral studies in Sibelius' piano music) in Finland has changed her life.
See more grantee interviews on the Fulbright Finland Foundation YouTube Channel! 
Get inspiration and insights from the Fulbrighters grantee blogs.

Partner Organization Contact Information

Institute of International Education (IIE)
Kyler Castro, Regional Program Officer, Europe and Eurasia
Fulbright Student Scholar Program
Email: [email protected]

IIE hosts informational guidance sessions monthly on the US Student Fulbright program in each of IIE's regional centers and some university campuses via video conference. Information on the guidance session schedule can be found at fulbrightonline.org.

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 access to a global, multi-professional network.
  • We are looking for applicants who want to impact the future and 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 U.S. Student program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.