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Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) program offers lecturers a chance to visit U.S. universities and other higher education institutions. The length of these visits is one semester or one academic year.

General information about the Scholar-in-Residence program

The SIR program is suitable for applicants who are interested in collaborating with a U.S. higher education institution. The applicant should be keen to develop and internationalize the activities that are taking place in the institution and the local community. This is done by developing teaching programs, lecturing, and participating in the activities of the local community, for example. The application for the suggested project is submitted by the U.S. host institution, which can apply for the SIR grant for a named Finnish expert. Further information on the program can be found at: https://www.cies.org/program/fulbright-scholar-residence-program.

A U.S. institution hoping to get a visiting lecturer can submit their application via the Institute of International Education/Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES). In addition to the named request, the higher education institution can apply for a lecturer or an expert from a specific country or region. In this case, the IIE/CIES recruits lecturers for the chosen institutions together with the Fulbright programs of different countries.

The Finnish lecturers interested in the SIR program should be directly in contact with a U.S. higher education institution to launch the SIR application process.

Program benefits

  • A monthly grant between 2,850 and 3,700 USD (depending on the living expenses of the area)        
  • A monthly dependent allowance: 200 USD/month for one qualifying dependent and 350 USD/month for two or more qualifying dependents (qualifying dependents include spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 who accompany the scholar for at least 80% of the time in the U.S.)    
  • Round-trip international airfare for the Scholar and one qualifying dependent (the grant must be for a full academic year and the dependent must accompany the scholar for at least 80% of the time in the U.S.)       
  • One-time allowances for materials (250 USD) settling-in expenses (500 - 750 USD) and professional development (750 - 1,125 USD) depending on the length of the grant period
  • Supplemental accident and sickness health benefit for the Scholar (scholars must purchase J-visa compliant insurance for all accompanying dependents)
  • J-Visa sponsorship for the Scholar and accompanying spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21
  • Many host universities also participate in funding the visit by for example offering the lecturer an additional salary or other benefits (such as an apartment)
Application period for the Scholar-in-Residence program to University of Minnesota Morris is now open. Apply by January 8, 2020!

The University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) is seeking a Finnish scholar to share expertise in Scandinavian models of early childhood education. The visiting scholar will teach 1-2 classes per semester, one in the scholar’s specific area of expertise and one in the existing core curriculum. The scholar will be an asset to UMM’s efforts to improve students’ understanding of the world, both as global citizens and in their intercultural competence.

The proposed program dates are from August 2020 to May 2021.

Additional information:

Interested candidates must meet the following requirements: English language proficiency, minimal or no prior experience living in the United States, and the credentials to perform the program and activities described in an institution’s proposal. If selected to the Scholar-in-Residence program, the grantee is required to attend the pre-departure orientation for Fulbright Finland Foundation grantees on May 13, 2020 in Helsinki.

How to apply?

  • Online application: https://apply.iie.org/sir
  • Application deadline: January 8, 2020
  • Candidate interviews: January 30-31, 2020

Documents which are required to be included in the application:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of a Finnish passport
  • Two letters of reference (one of the letters should be from scholar's home institution stating that the scholar will receive leave of absence if selected for the Fulbright grant)


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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Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.