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ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholars

ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholars program supports experienced researchers’ research visits to U.S. universities. The program awards grants for Finnish citizens who have completed their doctoral degree more than four years ago.
The application period for 2020-2021 ends on December 8, 2019!

Purpose of the Grant Program

The purpose of the grant is to enable Senior Scholars to carry out 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 grants are available for periods of 3–12 months. 

The ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholars are co-funded by the Fulbright Finland Foundation and the applicant’s home university. The applicant must hold a position at a university participating in the cost-share program in order to be eligible.

In addition to research-only grants, it is also possible to award grants for a combination of research and teaching. There are no limits to the teaching hours in relation to research. However, all Senior Scholar grants are cost-shared by Finnish home universities and consequently home university approval is needed.

The grant will not be awarded to a project the scholar has already started in the U.S., only new projects are funded. The earliest possible starting date of the grant period is August 1, 2020.

Benefits

The ASLA-Fulbright maximum grant amount for a Senior Scholar is 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).

In addition to financial support, the Fulbright program includes significant additional benefits and program services, such as a free visa, personal advice services, and an orientation focused on topics such as: the American culture, higher education system and details for the upcoming Fulbright period.

Eligibility

The applicant must have earned a doctoral degree at least four years prior to the application deadline. If your doctorate was received within the past four years of the deadline, please see the instructions for the Junior Scholar grant.

Applicants residing in the U.S. are not eligible. 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 Fulbright Finland before submitting their applications.

The J-1 scholar visa and J-2 dependent visa includes regulations which may limit the possibility to reenter the U.S. 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 have held a J visa during the past 24 months or have questions about the J visa regulations, please contact Fulbright Finland. Additionally, grantees and/or their dependents can apply for a work visa or a permanent residence permit to the U.S. only after spending two years in the home country after the Fulbright grant period.

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 Fulbright Finland if they have any questions about the eligibility of their project.

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 U.S. host university or research center in the application. The detailed application instructions and more information on the interviews and 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 through the IIE electronic application form. The applicants should carefully read the instructions and other material related to the application process before starting to work on the application.

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, 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.

Evaluation criteria

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

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 8, 2019 (Finnish time)
Interviews in Helsinki February 12-14, 2020
Selections announced March 2020
Compulsory Orientation Day for all selected grantees May 2020

 

Application process

The application process for the Senior Scholar grants is as follows:

  1. Once the Fulbright Finland Foundation has received all applications, they go through a technical check-up to ensure the application meets all mandatory criteria.
  2. The application that has passed the technical check-up is sent to the applicant’s home university to be evaluated. If the home university does not agree to fund the application, it is rejected.
  3. All applications that pass the technical check-up and get the funding agreement from a university are sent to the grant selection committee of the Fulbright Finland Foundation. The committee evaluates the applications and, based on this, selects some of the applicants for an interview. All applicants are notified of the results of the evaluation.
  4. The interview committee evaluates the applicants based on the individual interviews. These evaluations are sent to the grant selection committee.
  5. The grant selection committee evaluates the applicants based on the applications and the interviews. After this the committee gives a final proposal to the Fulbright Finland Foundation board. An applicant is either selected, placed on the waiting list, or rejected.
  6. The Fulbright Finland Foundation board gives its final decision on the proposal given by the grant selection committee. The program coordinator sends the decisions to all applicants.
  7. By replying to the selection letter, an applicant is accepted to be a grantee on behalf of Finland’s Fulbright commission. After the Foreign Scholarship Board in the U.S. gives its formal acceptance, the applicant officially becomes a Fulbright grantee.

 

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 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 Senior Scholars program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.