Who Is a Fulbright Student Grantee?
The Fulbright Student program awards grants for U.S. students for one year study or research period in Finland. The grantee’s Fulbright period in Finland has one of the following purposes:
- to complete a full master’s or doctoral degree
- to take courses as a non-degree student
- to conduct research*
- to conduct research* and take courses
* A research student comes to Finland to conduct individually designed research project in an institution selected by the grantee him/herself. The project can include working as part of a research group or working on an independent research project . Research student works under a supervision of a research adviser provided by the host institution.
Background of the grantee
The Fulbright student grantee must hold a minimum of Bachelor’s degree and does not need to be enrolled in a U.S. university during the Fulbright period in Finland. Thus, the grantee’s research or studies in Finland are not necessarily included in a degree in the U.S.
The Fulbright program is very selective and all the grantees have gone through a thorough screening process in the U.S. and in Finland.
When is the grant applied?
The candidate applies for the Fulbright student grant approximately one year prior to starting studies/research in Finland. The grant selections are normally published each year in April and the Fulbright period starts in the following fall semester.
What benefits does the Fulbright U.S. Student grantee receive?
The grantee receives a monthly grant (EUR 1000 -1500) and a travel allowance (USD 1600) through the Fulbright program as well as additional support services, networking opportunities and an accident and health benefit.
What Is the Role of the Finnish Host Institution?
Whether the grantee's purpose in Finland is to study or conduct research, the host institution is expected to provide the grantee with all the support services available for international students at the host institution, such as orientation and tutoring.
The role of a Finnish institution hosting a research student
- Provide a research adviser and administrative contact person for the grantee to support the grantee's research project and successful visit at the host institution and in Finland.
- Provide the grantee a signed Host Commitment document which describes the role of the research adviser and administrative contact person.
- Provide office space if possible
- Allow the use of relevant research facilities, equipment and materials at the host institution as agreed
The role of a Finnish institution hosting a student wishing to take courses/complete a full degree
- Inform the applicant about the university application procedure and deadlines
- Provide a letter of admission after the candidate has been accepted to a degree program or given a right to take courses at the university. Often however, the university application period has not started before the Fulbright grant application period ends, and thus the candidate is not able to attach such a statement to his/her Fulbright application. In this case, the candidate needs to submit the university application as soon as the university application period opens, and after this the host university should provide a statement, which verifies that the candidate has submitted the university application and notifies when the selection results will be published. The statement needs to be sent to the Fulbright Finland Foundation as soon as its available (e-mail to [email protected]).