You can be registered in a U.S. university doctoral program and conduct part of your dissertation research in Finland. The research done in Finland can also be part of your home country Master’s degree. It is also possible to undertake an independent research project, which will not be counted towards any degree.
If you are planning to conduct research in Finland, write a comprehensive research plan stating your (monthly) research schedule in Finland and attach it to your Fulbright application. The research plan should be described in the Statement of Grant Purpose section of the application.
A candidate who wishes to conduct research in Finland has the responsibility of contacting a possible host organization and agreeing on the visiting period and terms. Please share the website targeted for a prospective host when contacting Finnish institutions. Be prepared to explain clearly to the prospective host your research plans and the possible benefits of your visit for the host. Explain this also in your Fulbright application. The host can be a Finnish higher education institution or other applicable organization.
The candidate's responsibility is to ask their host to fill in the Commitment to Host a Fulbright Research Student form and attach it to the Fulbright application.
NOTE: Candidate wishing to take courses at a university as a non-degree student, in addition, to conducting research must often submit an application to the university by certain deadline. Please see further information on this process at Taking courses in a Finnish university section and provide information in your Fulbright on the university application schedule if an application is required from you.
It is important to notice that if the candidate’s host is not a higher education institution and the candidate would not be registered in such institution, he/she would not be eligible for the student benefits and might not get student housing.
Student benefits for Bachelor’s and Master’s level students include considerable discounts on buses, trains and campus cafeterias. If you are registered as a doctoral student in a Finnish university, your student benefits will be very limited. Check with your host university international office your rights for different benefits before your arrival to Finland.