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ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Junior Scholars

The ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Junior Scholars program supports young researchers’ research visits to U.S. universities. The program awards grants for Finnish citizens who have completed their doctoral degree less than four years ago.
The application round for the academic year 2023-24 is open.

Apply by October 4, 2022!

Purpose of the Grant Program

The purpose of the grant is to enable Junior Scholars to carry out research projects at U.S. universities or research institutions and at the same time act as ambassadors for the Fulbright Finland Foundation programs, Finland, and their home institution, sharing their culture and contributing to the relations between Finland and the U.S. The grants are available for periods of 4–12 months. 

In addition to research-only grants, it is also possible to award grants that include a limited amount of teaching, up to 2 hrs/week. The research project carried out in the U.S. must begin with the ASLA-Fulbright grant. The grant will not be awarded to a project the scholar has already started in the U.S.

Some of the ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Junior Scholars are co-funded by the Fulbright Finland Foundation and the applicant’s home university (see the list of universities participating in the cost-share program). You can apply for the grant even if your university does not participate in the cost-share program.

Some applications submitted to this program may also be automatically considered for the following award categories:

If you are from the field of technology, see also the Fulbright- Technology Industries of Finland Grants for postdoctoral research in the U.S.

Benefits

  • Grant: The grant is max. 5 000 USD per month up to 6 months (maximum total grant amount 30 000 USD). If the grantee wishes to stay longer than 6 months (up to 12 months allowed by the Fulbright visa), there may be need for additional funding (e.g. salary from the home institution or other grants).
  • Support services and additional benefits:
    • Free visa for the grantee and their accompanying family members
    • Personal advising services throughout the process
    • Extensive orientation training to the U.S. culture, higher education system, and details for the upcoming Fulbright period. The training includes online materials, virtual meetings, and an orientation day in Helsinki.
    • Networking opportunities and enrichment activities in the U.S. organized by the U.S. program partner (seminars, events, workshops)
    • Access to local alumni support networks in Finland and in the U.S.

You can find the full list of additional benefits and program services here.

Eligibility

  • Doctoral degree: The applicant must hold a doctoral degree at the time of application deadline and the doctorate must have been earned within four years of application. If the doctorate was received more than four years ago at the time of the application deadline, the applicant should consider the ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholars. If the candidate does not yet have a PhD, the Selection Committee may take the application under evaluation on the following two conditions: the applicant submits with their application 1) a reference letter or statement regarding the progress of the dissertation work from their dissertation supervisor and 2) a copy of the comments from the advance reader of the applicant’s dissertation. In all cases the grantee must have completed their doctoral degree before the grant period in the U.S. begins.
  • Finnish citizenship: Applicants must be Finnish citizens and enter the U.S. on a non-immigrant Fulbright sponsored J-1 visa. The J-1 visa sponsorship of the Fulbright program is available for a maximum period of 12 months. Candidates planning longer research projects in the U.S. should contact the Fulbright Finland Foundation before submitting their applications. Dual citizens of Finland and the U.S. are not eligible to apply.
  • Residency: Applicants residing in the U.S. are not eligible. The applicant has to start their research in the U.S. with this grant. The grantees leave for the U.S. as representatives of the Fulbright Finland Foundation grant program they have been selected for. The grant cannot be used as additional funding for another grant program that the scholar represents.
  • All fields accepted (some restrictions for medical sciences): Applications in all fields are accepted. However, proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact are not eligible. This restriction is applied quite widely and applicants are advised to contact the Fulbright Finland Foundation if they have any questions about the eligibility of their project.
  • Additional restrictions: There are also some restrictions for employees of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. missions abroad. Please see more information on eligibility guidelines and other Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) policies that are applicable to the ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Junior Scholars program candidates under FFSB Policies, Chapter 700.

There are rules involved with the J-1 visa and the J-2 visa for family members who travel with you that limit returning to the U.S. Please familiarize yourself with these rules before applying for the program.

  • Previous stay in the U.S. (for both applicant and family members): Scholars and their dependents who have held previous J-visas may not be eligible to re-enter as J-1 researchers or J-2 dependents for 12 or 24 months following departure from the U.S. If you’ve held a J-visa during the past 24 months or have questions about the J-visa regulations, please contact the Fulbright Finland Foundation.
  • Two-year home country residency requirement: Grantees and/or their dependents cannot apply for a work permit or an immigration visa to the U.S. immediately after their grant period has finished. One has to reside in their home country for two years after the grant period. However, normal tourist visits and for example studying in the U.S. is possible. Read more about this requirement here.

How to Apply?

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 or in the instructions, always follow the instructions for Finnish applicants specifically.

Application and attachments

The application is submitted through the IIE online application form.

Documents which are required to be included in the application:

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.

Only complete applications sent by the application deadline will be reviewed.

Evaluation criteria

The applications are evaluated according to the evaluation criteria set by the Fulbright Finland Foundation Board.

As part of the application review process, IIE, our U.S. partner organization, will screen the applications to identify any instance of plagiarism.

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

Timeline

Application period starts June 2022
Deadline for applications October 4, 2022 (Finnish time)
Applicant interviews in Helsinki November 28-30, 2022
Selections announced December 2022
Program-specific online meeting March 13, 2023 at 14-15:30
Compulsory Orientation Day in Helsinki for all selected grantees May 2023 (date TBC)
Earliest possible starting date of the grant period August 1, 2023

 

Read more about alumni experiences, their thoughts about the application process, and why a research visit through the Fulbright program is beneficial.

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 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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ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Junior Scholars program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.