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Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grants (Postdoc)

The Fulbright–Technology Industries of Finland Grant Program awards grants to postdoctoral researchers in the field of technology to carry out a research project in the U.S. The research should support the development of different fields of technology (electronics and electrical technology, machinery and metal technology, metallurgical industry, information technology, planning and consulting).
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 awardees 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 institutions, sharing their culture and contributing to the relations between Finland and the U.S. 

The Fulbright–Technology Industries of Finland Grant Program aims 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 abilities to apply top-level, need-based technology in different areas. For the applicant to be selected, their 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 a U.S. 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 a research group in the U.S. The applicant should also have a strong interest in using their competence for the benefit of both their technological field and for society in the future. Existing networks and research collaboration with economic life is considered as an additional advantage in the application process.

The program awards grants for research 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, for example technology, science and economics. Some projects in the fields of humanities and social sciences are also possible. The grant is meant for research visits taking place in the academic year 2023–24.

The program is also suitable for master or doctoral-level studies (please note a different application deadline and see more information on the program page).

The grant program is funded by the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.

Benefits

  • Grant: The grant for postdoctoral researchers is 36 000 USD at most (3 000 USD per month).
  • 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 American education system and culture and 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 should have completed their doctorate within a maximum of 4 years by the time of the application deadline.
  • 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. Dual citizens (Finland and the U.S.) are ineligible to apply. Applicants who aim to have or already have a permanent residence permit in the U.S. are not eligible to apply for the program.
  • Residency: Applicants residing in the U.S. are not eligible. 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 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.
  • Additional restrictions/requirements:
    • 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 program candidates under FFSB Policies, Chapter 700.
    • 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 their research results and competence for commercial purposes later.

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): 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: 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 and 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)
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

 

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-Technology Industries of Finland Grants program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.