Renewing your Fulbright status can be possible for those completing a master's degree in Finland with a Finnish university-sponsored grant.
Other than master's degree students on a Finnish university-sponsored grant are eligible to apply for an extension of their Fulbright status for a maximum of three months.
Do I Need to Apply for an Extension for My Residence Permit?
You might have an opportunity to stay in Finland as a tourist after your residence permit expires for up to 90 days. According to the Finnish Border Guard, this depends on how many days you have already spent in Finland or Schengen area as a tourist (without a residence permit) within the last 180-day period. U.S. citizens are allowed to stay in Finland/the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days as a tourist within a 180-day period. To count how many remaining days you have, please use the calculator of the European Commission.
If you wish to stay in Finland for another purpose than as a tourist, you need to make sure whether you need to apply for an extension for your residence permit or not. The Fulbright Finland Foundation staff can be in contact with Migri to find this out for you.
Migri recommends that you apply for the extension early (well before the current permit expires), but not earlier than three months before your current permit expires.
You can use the EnterFinland online service to apply for the extension.
Residence permit extension
Staying as a tourist in Finland
Grants and Awards
- Funding sources listed on the Fulbright Finland website
- Roth Endowment Awards
- Consult also your host university staff members on information for funding
- Work in Finland website has useful information for job seekers and employees.
- Business Finland
- Welcome to Finland guide (produced by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment)
- Housing sources listed on the Fulbright Finland website
NB: Please note that the Fulbright Finland Foundation has written this according to its best knowledge, but cannot take responsibility for the matters determined by the Finnish authorities.