Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grants, Post Doc

The Fulbright–Technology Industries of Finland Grant Program awards grants for postdoctoral research in the United States which supports the development of different fields of technology (electronics and electrical technology, machinery and metal technology, metallurgical industry, information technology, planning and consulting).
The application period for the academic year 2019-2020 has ended!

Purpose of the Grant Program

The purpose of the Fulbright–Technology Industries of Finland 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 of Finnish researchers and their ability to apply top-level, need-based technology in different areas. For the applicant to be selected, his or her research topic should have a significant meaning for the renewal of technological fields and future competitiveness.

The grant can be awarded for a postdoctoral research visit in an American university or research center, lasting between 8 and 12 months. The grantee’s project has to have a significant meaning for the development of Finnish know-how. For example, the goal can be to bring internationally renowned and newest know-how of a specific field to Finland, or to build long-term, cooperative relations to an American research group. The applicant should also have a strong interest in using their competence for the benefit of technological fields and society in the future. Existing networks and research collaboration with economic life is considered as an additional advantage in the application process.

The applicant should have completed their doctorate within a maximum of 4 years by the time of the application deadline. The program is also suitable for master or doctoral-level studies. Read more about these on the program page.

The program awards grants for research in the United States, which supports the development of different fields of technology (electronics and electrical technology, machinery and metal technology, metallurgical industry, information technology, planning and consulting). Suitable fields include e.g. technology, science and economics. Also, some projects in the fields of humanities and social sciences are possible. The grant program is funded by the Centennial Foundation of the Technology Industries of Finland and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.

The research work in the U.S. has to start with the Fulbright–Technology Industries of Finland grant. The grant cannot be awarded for a research project that the applicant has already started in the U.S. The grant is meant for research visits taking place in the academic year 2019–2020. The grant period can be started on August 1st 2019 the earliest.

Benefits

The grant for postdoctoral researchers is 36,000 USD at most (3,000 USD per month). In addition to this, there are several significant additional benefits and program services included, such as an insurance, a free visa, and personal advice services. The grant program is funded by the Centennial Foundation of the Technology Industries of Finland and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.

Eligibility

The applicant should have completed their doctorate within a maximum of 4 years by the time of the application deadline.

Because the Fulbright–Technology Industries of Finland Grant Program is a cultural exchange program between two countries, the applicants to have a Finnish citizenship and they have to arrive in the U.S. with a J-1 visa organized by the Fulbright program. Those having a dual citizenship cannot receive the grant.

Applicants who aim to have or already have a permanent residence permit in the U.S. are not eligible to apply for the Fulbright–Technology Industries of Finland Grant. 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Additionally, there is a requirement according to which the research results of the grant period have to be public and freely accessible and usable by the scientific community and society. This means that an immediate commercial use or registering a patent during the grant period or directly after it is not possible. However, the grantee can utilize his or her research results and competence for commercial purposes later.

How to Apply?

The selection is based on the information provided in the application. The applicant has to attach his or her research plan and an invitation from the American host university or research center in the application. 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 online at https://iie.embark.com/apply/visitingscholars. Before submitting the application, you should carefully read the application instructions.

  • Application attachment: Initial funding plan (pdf)
  • Application attachment: Checklist to be signed (pdf)

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, and for sending them to the Fulbright Finland Foundation by email (applications(at)Fulbright.fi). Also note that the Fulbright Finland Foundation only takes into account the applications which have arrived by deadline and which include all the required attachments.


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

Timeline

Deadline for applications December 9, 2018 (Finnish time)
Applicant interviews in Helsinki February 13-15, 2019
Selections announced March 2019
Compulsory Orientation Day for all selected grantees May 2019

Questions?

Program Coordinator
Emmi Jelekäinen
emmi.jelekainen(at)fulbright.fi
puh. +358 44 5535 275