The application round for the academic year 2024-25 is open. Apply by October 3!
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 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 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.
- Grant: The maximum grant amount 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).
- 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 (e.g. 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.
Support for Grantees with Disabilities
Extra funding support is available for grantees with disabilities. If you have a disability that would cause additional costs for the grant term, contact the Foundation to discuss reasonable accommodations. Email the Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the grant application deadline your self-assessment with a description of the disability and the specific accommodations requested.
Please note that disclosing the need for disability accommodation does not affect the review and selection process.
A special award available for research at Cleveland State University.
- Doctoral degree: 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 ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Junior Scholars.
- Cost-share funding from the home institution: 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.
Other eligibility and 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. The applicant has to start their research in the U.S. with this grant. 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.
- 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 before applying.
- Two-year home country residency requirement: Grantee cannot apply for a work permit or an immigration visa to the U.S. immediately after the end of their grant term. 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.
- 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.
How to Apply?
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.
- Information on the application procedure and grant interviews
- Instructions on how to fill in the online application form
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.
Documents which are required to be included in the application:
- Invitation letter from the host institution
- Project statement
- Curriculum vitae
- Copy of a Finnish passport
- Recommendations (3) Read instructions for submitting a letter of recommendation.
- Preliminary project budget
- Signed checklist
- Cost-share commitment form (required only from applicants of following universities)
- Applicants from the University of Helsinki
- Applicants from the University of Turku or Aalto University
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.
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.
|Application period starts||Early April 2023|
|Deadline for applications||October 3, 2023 (Finnish time)|
|Interviews (virtual)||November 15-16, 2023|
|Selections announced||December 2023|
|Program-specific online meeting||March 2024 (date TBC)|
|Compulsory Orientation Day in Helsinki for all selected grantees||May 2024 (date TBC)|
|Earliest possible starting date of the grant period||August 1, 2024|
Fulbright Finland Outreach Ambassadors are happy to share their experiences from the U.S. Feel free to contact them.
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 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.
ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholars program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.