Engineer at a manufacturing plant

Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grants

Are you interested in studying in the United States in a master’s or doctoral program that supports the development of the technology industry, or doing a research visit during your doctoral studies?
Do you want to be part of a worldwide network that offers opportunities and opens doors for you to achieve your professional or academic goals that also develop your own field?
Do you have the will to become a positive creator of change?
Apply for the academic year 2023-24 by May 22, 2022!

The Purpose of This Program

The purpose of the grant is to enable awardees 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 institutions, 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.

Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland grantee 2011-2012 Jouni Peppanen working at the Electric Power Research Institute
Jouni Peppanen, a 2011-2012 Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland grantee working at the Electric Power Research Institute completed his doctoral degree in Power Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Watch our webinar and learn more about the opportunity to study in the U.S. through our grant programs here.

Program Benefits

We provide you a wide range of support services to prepare you for your upcoming journey:

  • Grant: A maximum of USD 50 000  to cover the expenses of the Fulbright period.
  • University placement services (including support for securing university funding): An optional free help in finding U.S. universities that best match your academic and professional goals as well as provide opportunities for university financial support. The service also includes waivers for U.S. university application fees and TOEFL and GRE test vouchers. This service is provided by the Foundation’s program partner Institute of International Education (IIE) in the U.S.. Read more about the service here.
  • Personal advising and guidance services: Supporting you before and during the grant term.
  • Orientation training: Equipping you with insights to navigate American academic system and society.
  • Networking opportunities: Enabling you to build connections professionally and internationally in Finland and the U.S. As a Fulbright grantee, you are provided an opportunity to participate in the Fulbright enrichment activities (seminars, events, and workshops) allowing you to connect with fellow grantees and American community members. In addition, you will be joining a global network of 10000+ alumni as well as the Fulbright Finland alumni community.
  • Opportunity to apply for follow-up funding: If you are completing your entire degree in the U.S. for more than one academic year, you can read about the Renewal Grant for further details.
  • Free visa: J-1 visa for you, and J-2 visa for family members who travel with you.

The benefits of joining a Fulbright program go beyond the grant term, read the full list of benefits here.

Application Requirements

Ambassadorial Requirements

  • Cultural ambassador of Finland: You are motivated to learn about other cultures and share your own. The grantees contribute to the enhancement of the Finland-U.S. relations by acting as Ambassadors of their home country and institution and promoting cultural understanding.
  • Representing a Fulbright Finland Foundation grant program: You can seek additional funding but you are primarily a representative of the Fulbright Finland Foundation grant program you are selected for.
  • Motivated to learn and share: You are motivated to develop your field of specialization and share your knowledge and learning during and after the grant term. After the grant term, you are interested in engaging as an alum.

Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree: You have completed your degree in a university or university of applied sciences by the end of the application period.
    • If, for administrative reasons, you have not obtained the degree certificate but have completed all courses and thesis required for your degree by the last day of the application period, you can still apply for the grant program.
      Please include an informal certificate provided by your institution as a proof. This certificate needs to state when you will obtain the official degree certificate. Once you receive your the official certificate, please email a copy of it to us immediately.
  • Start of studies: Your full-time studies / research visit in the U.S. begins in fall 2023.
  • One-year duration: Your degree lasts for at least one academic year / research visit for 9-12 months.
  • Willingness to apply to multiple universities: At the time of applying, you do not have to have a study place in the U.S., or an invitation from the host organization. Yet, you are prepared to apply to several universities you would like to study at. Your university list needs to be balanced and include a back-up plan. You will receive help from us in creating a balanced university list.
    • For your research visit, it is possible to have two different host organizations consecutively.
    • For visiting student researchers and doctoral degree applicants, it is very important to establish initial contact with potential supervisors to learn about suitable opportunities before submitting the grant application.
  • Accredited institution: The U.S. universities you apply to must be accredited by a recognized accrediting agency or association as recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Check the institution accreditation here.
    • In some cases, visiting student researcher's hosting organization can be a research center or other suitable organization.
  • All fields of study are welcomed: Your studies or research during the Fulbright grant term is in or close to your own field. Only studies or research including patient care or other patient contact are excluded.

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. You cannot have Finnish-American dual citizenship or a permanent residence permit in the U.S.
    • The grant cannot be given to an applicant who already resides in the U.S. You have to start your studies in the U.S. with the ASLA-Fulbright grant.
  • 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 Fulbright Finland Foundation when writing your application.
  • Two-year home country residency requirement: Grantee cannot apply for a work permit or an immigration visa to the U.S. immediately after their study period has finished. One has to reside in their home country for two years after the grant period is over to get a work permit or an immigration visa. However, normal tourist visits and for example studying in the U.S. is possible. Read more about this requirement here.

Application Instructions and Tips

Please note that we only accepts applications that are submitted by the application deadline with all required attachments.

Application Instructions

  • Application: Please follow the instructions and submit your application through this system supported by our partner here: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2023
  • Application checklist: This is a mandatory item to be submitted along with your application, please utilize this to make sure you have attached all necessary documents to the application. Download the checklist.

The Selection Process

You can learn more about the process in the following pages:

Tips

You can reference our tips for guidance for preparing your application.

Schedule

 
What When More information
Info Session for Graduate Applicants to the U.S. (online) March 9, 2022 Learn more about graduate studies and research in the U.S. and our grant programs.
Application deadline May 22, 2022  
Interview invitations emailed to the selected applicants  Min. one week before the interviews  
Interviews held August 17-19, 2022 We will inform whether the interviews are held online or at the Foundation premises. Travel costs will not be reimbursed.
Final selection results published Mid-September 2022  
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 Mid-October, 2022 Planning for the Fulbright term and guidance for next steps. Participation in the seminar and opportunity to network with current U.S. Fulbrighters in Finland. The Foundation will reimburse the travel and accommodation costs for grantees living outside Turku.
Online training sessions October 2022 - May 2023 We provide (self-study) tools for you to prepare for your upcoming year.
The Pre-Departure orientation and Award Ceremony in Helsinki Mid-May 2023 The Fulbright Finland Foundation will reimburse the travel and accommodation costs
The introductory orientation courses in the U.S.  August 2023 Opportunity to meet fellow Fulbright grantees from around the world and familiarize oneself with U.S. culture and higher education. The courses are voluntary (no accommodation costs involved, and a travel grant will be awarded for travels within the U.S.).
The studies / research visit in the U.S. begins August/September 2023  
First grant installment September 1, 2023  
Second grant installment January 2, 2024  

Alumni Experiences

Take a look at the stories and video interviews of previous Finnish Fulbright grantees.

Rakentamisen vallankumouksen näköalapaikalla – oppeja San Franciscon lahden alueelta.
Lue Joonas Lehtovaaran artikkeli Fulbright Finland-blogista (2021)
Yhdysvalloissa oppi kysymään "Miksi ei?"
Maailman paras aurinkokenno johdatti Hannu Laineen MIT:hin

Lue koko artikkeli Fulbright Finland News (2/2016)-julkaisusta
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 education and research in Finland, and help U.S. and Finnish institutions create linkages.

What Makes the Fulbright Finland Foundation Program 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 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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The Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grant program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.