Fulbright Finland 2016-2017 Undergraduate grantee at Grand Canyon

Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant

The Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grants are meant for bachelor-level studies in an accredited university in the U.S. for the academic year 2019-2020.
The application period for the 2019-2020 period has ended!

Purpose of the Grant Program

The grant primarily supports those who travel to the U.S. for one semester/academic year to do bachelor-level studies (e.g. exchange studies or free mover studies). Also students who travel to the U.S. to do an entire bachelor’s degree can apply for the grant (the studies have to begin in the U.S. during fall 2019). The grant does not support Associate degree studies.

The Fulbright Finland Foundation’s grantees act as ambassadors of Finland and the Fulbright Finland Foundation in the U.S. The role of the grantee ambassadors of the Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant Program includes acting as Centennial and/or Campus Ambassadors during the grant period and after.

Fulbright Finland 2016-2017 Undergraduate Grantee at Golder Gate
2016-2017 Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grantee Taru Aitola at Golden Gate Bridge

Benefits

The grant is USD 10 000 at most.

The program also includes the services of the Fulbright Finland Foundation:

  • one-day orientation training seminar in Finland in the spring before the departure to help prepare for studies in the U.S.
  • personal advice services, flexible access to materials at Fulbright Finland
  • access to the service website for all Fulbright Finland grantees at www.fulbright.fi
  • support in the visa process
  • support from the Finnish and U.S. alumni networks
  • access to Fulbright Finland's alumni network in Finland and in the U.S.
  • The Grant Award Ceremony together with all the other Fulbright Finland grantees

Eligibility

The grant can be given to:

  • Degree-students: for first-year studies that begin in the U.S. in the fall semester 2019
  • Students carrying out fixed-term (one semester/academic year) bachelor-level studies
  • Finnish citizens

The grant cannot be given to those who

  • already have a higher education degree or who will complete one during 2019.
  • already studies/lives in the U.S.
  • has a dual citizenship of Finland and the U.S. or a permanent residence permit in the U.S.
  • already represents another grant program. The Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant is meant for students who primarily act as representatives of the Fulbright Finland Foundation Grant Program, as its grantees and later as alumni. Students who have already been accepted to another grant program, representing primarily that particular program, cannot apply for the Fulbright Finland Foundation Grant Program due to the overlap. However, getting additional funding for one’s studies in the U.S. from, for example, a foundation or from an American university is not considered such an overlap, as this requirement is solely about the representative duties of the program.

Applicants who have no or only a little experience with the U.S. might be favored when selecting the grantees.

“This year exceeded my expectations: the classes I took really enriched and widened my understanding of global affairs... Additionally, I made lifelong friends that taught me about cultures from which they come from.” -Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Awardee 2016-2017

Your Role as a Fulbright Finland Ambassador

As part of the role as an ambassador representing the Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant
Program, you act as a Centennial and/or Campus Ambassador during the grant period and after.

  • Degree students act as Centennial Ambassadors, visiting a few American universities (within the limits of their own schedule) and telling young people about Finland. In this way the ambassadors encourage them to consider studying in Finland and apply for the Fulbright Finland program. The Centennial Ambassadors receive all the required materials from the Fulbright Finland Foundation.
  • Those doing fixed-term studies act as Campus Ambassadors after returning to Finland, within the limits of their own schedule. The Fulbright Finland Foundation asks the alumni to participate in Fulbright information events to share their own study experiences in the U.S. and to discuss with new grant applicants about studying in the U.S. and applying for the Fulbright Finland Foundation’s grant programs.
     
Fulbright Finland 2016-2017 Undergraduate Grantee on Halloween
2016-2017 Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grantee Teresa Tiainen celebrating Halloween

How to Apply

Read the following instructions carefully. The Fulbright Finland Foundation only reads the applications that have arrived by the deadline and include all required attachments. Read the evaluation criterias with care. These guidelines are approved by the Fulbright Finland Foundation Board and they are applied also for the Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant Program. In the interview, the main focus is on studies instead of research.

Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant Application and checklist

Please fill in the application form and attachments in English.

In addition to the application form, a perfect application includes:

  1. Study objectives
  2. A personal statement
  3. A Fulbright Finland Ambassador statement
  4. Two English letters of recommendation (which the reference sends directly to the Fulbright Finland Foundation). A reference can be a teacher, a study counselor or a rector. A reference cannot be a family member, a relative or a friend. The applicant has to make sure themselves that the letters of recommendation arrive in time.
  5. Copies of certificates: the final certificate of upper secondary school or other secondary level education institute; the latest certificate from one’s current institute; and a transcript of records from higher education students. If you’re graduating from an upper secondary school this year, you need to provide your latest grade certificate.
  6. English translations of every certificate copy. If these aren’t available, you can also translate the certificates yourself.
  7. An acceptance letter/a confirmation for exchange studies from an American university (contact the Fulbright Finland Foundation well in advance if you have not yet received this).
  8. A proof of the tuition fees of the American university. This can also be a screenshot from their website.
  9. A proof of funding by a higher education institution
  10. The checklist
Please send the application and the required attachments to the Fulbright Finland Foundation via email by 10am, April 4, 2019 to [email protected]. Inadequate applications or applications arrived after the deadline will not be read.

As an exception to this are the two letters of recommendation, which the referees send directly to the Fulbright Finland Foundation by deadline via email [email protected] or by regular mail to:

Fulbright Finland Foundation
Emilia Holopainen
Hakaniemenranta 6
00530 Helsinki

Timeline

Application period opens At the beginning of February
Application period ends At the beginning of April
Interview At the end of April
Final Selections At the beginning of May
Orientation Webinar At the beginning of May
Pre-Departure Orientation Mid-May

 

We will notify all applicants about the decisions in early May the latest.

Interviews

The selection committee will interview some of the applicants in Helsinki on April 26, 2019. Participating in the interview is a prerequisite for being selected and it is also an important part of the overall evaluation of applications.

You should carefully prepare for the interview: The grant interviews for the Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grant Program. The Fulbright Finland Foundation does not cover travel or other costs caused by the interviews.

Alumni Experiences

  • Unelmien vuosi Yhdysvalloissa
    • A Year of Dreams in the U.S. - Fulbright Finland News magazine 1/2017, Fulbright Finland Undergraduate grantee 2016-2017 Teresa Tiainen, the Callaudet University 2016-2017
  • Mä muutan Caliin!
    • Blog - Taru Aitola, Fulbright Finland Undergraduate grantee 2016-2017
”Combining sports and studies in the U.S. was an incredible experience. The support by the Fulbright Finland Foundation was invaluable and through the program I’ve been able to open doors which I couldn’t have imagined opening when I began my studies. The community, experience, and mission of Fulbright Finland is a unique resource and a privilege, which you should definitely take an advantage of! -Ilja Orre, Fulbright Center’s Undergraduate Grant 2008- 2009, The College of William and Mary

Ilja's five tips for Future Fulbrighters

  1. Find Your People - Get to know the university, faculty and students through social media, LinkedIn and phone calls before making a decision on the university you will attend. If you can visit the university before deciding, even better!
  2. Feel Good About Your Decision - Studying and living abroad is a challenge, but you'll quickly notice that you made the best decision of your life if you let your stress and worries go and enjoy the ride!
  3. Explore - Going to the U.S. to study is an amazing opportunity to get involved in different communities, to travel the continent and to meet people from a wild variety of backgrounds. Explore your community and make time to do things outside the classroom and studies.
  4. It's a Marathon - Your schedule with studies, athletics and social life can get hectic. Be sure to take time to take care of yourself and remember that you're in it for the long game.
  5. Play Your Heart Out - if you're going to the U.S. to play college athletics, enjoy every moment of it. It's a unique opportunity to play at a level that is in many cases just one step below the professional leagues.

Questions?

Emilia Holopainen
Program Coordinator
Phone: +358 44 703 5284
[email protected]