Are you interested in studying in the United States in a master’s or doctoral program which supports the development of technology industry, or doing a research visit during your doctoral studies?
Do you want to be part of a worldwide network, which offers opportunities and opens doors for you to achieve your professional or academic goals, which also develop your own field?
Do you have the will to become a positive creator of change?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, go ahead and read the application instructions for the Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grants program for the academic year of 2021–2022!
Application period for the academic year 2021-2022 ended on May 24, 2020.
Who is the Program aimed at?
The purpose of the grant is to enable the awardee to carry out studies or research projects at U.S. universities or research institutions and at the same time act as ambassadors for the Fulbright program, Finland, and their home institution, sharing their culture and contributing to the relations between Finland and the U.S.
The Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grants program supports master's and doctoral-level studies and research conducted in different fields of technology (electronics and electrical technology, machinery and metal technology, metallurgical industry, information technology, planning and consulting) in the United States, in a university chosen freely by the applicant. Students of natural sciences, economics, and applicably the students of social sciences, humanities, and design can apply for the grant program as well. The most important thing is the significance of the topic for the renewal and future competition of technological fields. In exceptional cases, the organization hosting the grant recipient can also be a research center or another suitable organization.
You can apply for the grant program if you are aiming to complete a degree in the United States, or if you are planning fixed-term studies in the U.S., lasting for one academic year (such as exchange studies or continuing training e.g. in the graduate certificate program). The grant program also supports research visits to the U.S. during the doctoral study phase.
The aim of the grant program is to strengthen Finnish excellence and to promote the renewal of industry and commerce with a long-term goal in mind. In particular, this program aims to develop the multisectoral know-how, the ability to apply top-level, need-based technology in different areas, as well as international collaboration.
The Fulbright program is currently the largest international program for academic and professional mobility and cultural exchange. It has been founded to promote cross-border understanding with the help of educational and scientific collaboration. In Finland, the Fulbright Finland Foundation offers grant programs for applicants who have the potential to shape the future and be the driving force of change in different sectors of society or in academia. It is for those who, with their own work, want to advance the development of their discipline or profession and find solutions to the central challenges of their field. Read more about the background of the program.
The program is also suitable for post-doctoral research. Read more information on the program and the application instructions on the grant program webpage for doctorate holders.
A grant to cover the expenses of the Fulbright period, a maximum of USD 50 000
Optional university placement service to help in finding U.S. universities that best match with your academic and professional goals as well as provide opportunities for university financial support. This service is provided by the Foundation’s program partner in the U.S.
The Fulbright program is not only a funding instrument. The Fulbright Finland Foundation offers the selected graduate grantees several events to network professionally and internationally. These events help the grantees’ chances to advance their own field. The program also offers grantees significant additional benefits and support in moving to the U.S. (e.g. free visa, personal advice services for students, orientation to the American culture, education system and the upcoming Fulbright period, seminars and other free time events in the U.S., as well as local networks in the U.S.)
If you complete your entire degree in the U.S. and study in the country for more than one academic year, you can apply for additional funding for your studies from the Fulbright Finland Foundation. See the description of the Renewal Grant.
You plan to start your full-time studies / your research visit in the U.S. in fall 2021.
Your studies in the U.S. last at least for one academic year / your research visit in the United States lasts between 9 and 12 months.
If you apply for a degree program or a non-degree program in the U.S., you are prepared to apply for several universities you would like to study at. We do not accept applicants who only want to apply for one university. You do not have to have a study place in the U.S., or an invitation from the host organization at the time of applying. However, it is very important that you have mapped out those higher education institutions which are strong in your field and suitable for your own goals already before applying for the program. Specifically, if you plan to do a research visit or doing a doctoral degree in the U.S., it is important that you have established some initial contact with potential supervisors to find out about the different opportunities. If needed, we will help the selected grantees to make a final listing of those higher education institutions to which to apply. The program also enables a research visit to two different host organizations in the case where you go to the U.S. for a research visit to advance your dissertation and visit one organization immediately after the other.
Your plans for the Fulbright period include studies in your own field or higher education studies / research which is close to your own field.
The grant program is aimed at students of all fields. Only studies / research including patient care or other patient contact are excluded. For example, in medicine we do not accept applicants for basic studies in the U.S. (such as the M.D. programs) or for the so-called internship or residency programs.
You have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree (in a university or in a university of applied sciences) by the end of the application period. Note that if you have completed all the courses and the thesis required for a bachelor’s degree by the last day of the application period but for administrative reasons have not obtained the degree certificate yet, you can still apply for the grant program. In this case you will need to include an informal certificate provided by your institution as a proof of your situation. The certificate also needs to state when you obtain the official degree certificate. When you receive the official degree certificate, you will need to email its copy to the Fulbright Finland Foundation immediately.
The grantees will travel to the U.S. as representatives of the ASLA-Fulbright program. You cannot use the grant as an additional funding for another grant program you would be a representative of.
You will be able to participate in the grant interview, in the American Voices seminar, and in the Pre-departure orientation training, which are organized on the days listed in the schedule below.
The grant cannot be given to an applicant who is already residing in the U.S. You have to start your studies in the U.S. with the ASLA-Fulbright grant.
Because the ASLA-Fulbright program is a cultural exchange program between Finland and the U.S., you have to have a Finnish citizenship and you have to arrive in the U.S. with an exchange visitor visa (the J-1 visa) organized by the Fulbright program. For those having a dual citizenship cannot receive the grant. If you want to have or if you already have a permanent residence permit in the U.S., you are not eligible to apply for the grant program.
There are rules involved in the J-1 visa and the J-2 visa for family members who travel with you, which limit the return to the U.S. Please familiarize yourself with these rules before applying for the grant program.
The so-called 12-month bar and 24-month bar regulations limit granting a new J-1 or J-2 visa for those who have visited the U.S. with a J-1 or a J-2 visa before. If you have visited the U.S. with a J-visa within the past 24 months, contact the Fulbright Finland Foundation when writing your application.
According to the so-called 2-year rule (two-year home country residence requirement), a grantee cannot apply for a work permit or an immigration visa to the U.S. immediately after their study period has finished. In order for a person to get a work permit or an immigration visa, one has to reside in Finland for two years. However, normal tourist visits and for example studying in the U.S. is possible.
If you encounter any technical problems when filling in the application, you can contact the Fulbright Finland Foundation. Please note that the Fulbright Finland Foundation only processes the applications that have been submitted by the application deadline and include all the required attachments.
The checklist (has to be attached to the application, a mandatory part of the application)
Use the checklist to make sure that you have attached all the necessary documents in the application. The applicant is responsible for saving all the required attachments in the application system by the deadline.
Additionally, please send all the attachments to the Fulbright Finland Foundation by email ([email protected]).
Some of the grants are cost-share grants funded together by Finnish universities and the Fulbright Finland Foundation. All the ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grants applicants are automatically taken into account when selecting the cost-share grantees. The information on the universities participating in the Fulbright programs are added on the cost-share funding website as soon as the universities announce their participation for the Fulbright Finland Foundation. Although your home university would not participate in sharing the costs of the grant, you can still apply for the ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant program because some of the grants are fully funded by the Fulbright Finland Foundation.
March 30, 2020. Rescheduled for April 16, 2020.Will be organized online at 14:30-18:00.
What should I know about graduate studies and research in the U.S. and the Foundation's grant programs before applying? Come and learn!
The deadline for applications
May 24, 2020
Interview invitations emailed to the selected applicants
August 8, 2020
Interviews at the Fulbright Finland Foundation
August 12 - 14, 2020
Travel costs will not be reimbursed
Final selection results published
early September 2020
Taking the language and aptitude tests if needed (e.g. GRE, GMAT, TOEFL)
immediately after the results are published or earlier
Depending on your status (degree student/visiting student researcher), your choices for universities and the deadlines of those universities
The American Voices seminar in Turku for the Finnish and American grantees
October 9 - 10, 2020
Planning for the Fulbright term and guidance for next steps. Opportunity to network with current U.S. Fulbrighters. The Foundation will reimburse the travel and accommodation costs.
The Pre-Departure orientation in Helsinki
The Fulbright Finland Foundation will reimburse the travel and accommodation costs
The introductory orientation courses in the U.S.
Opportunity to meet fellow Fulbright grantees from around the world and orientate to the U.S. culture and higher education. The courses are voluntary (no accommodation costs involved, and a travel grant will be awarded for the travels within the U.S.).
The studies / research visit in the U.S. begins
Take a look at the stories and video interviews of the previous Finnish Fulbright grantees.
Teknologiateollisuuden 100-vuotissäätiö ja Fulbright Finland -säätiö: Yhteistyöllä korkeatasoista koulutusta insinööritieteilijöille Fulbright Suomi -säätiö on lähettänyt yhteistyökumppaninsa Teknologiateollisuuden 100-vuotissäätiön kanssa vuodesta 2007 lähtien 19 stipendiaattia Yhdysvaltoihin.
Lue koko artikkeli Fulbright Finland News (2/2013)-julkaisusta
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.
Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grant program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.