ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Junior Scholar

ASLA-Fulbright Research Grant for a Junior Scholar program supports young researchers’ research visits to American universities. The program awards grants for Finnish citizens who have completed their doctoral degree less than four years ago.
The application period for the academic year 2019-2020 has ended!

Purpose of the Grant Program

The ASLA-Fulbright Junior Scholar grants are available for Finnish Scholars to carry out a research project of 4-12 months at a U.S. university or research institution. In addition to research-only grants, it is also possible to award grants that include a limited amount of teaching, up to 2 hrs/week. The research project carried out in the United States must begin with the ASLA-Fulbright grant. The grant will not be awarded to a project the scholar has already started in the United States. The earliest possible starting date of the grant period is August 1, 2019.

Some of the ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for a Junior Scholar are so-called Cost-share grants, funded together by a Finnish university and the Fulbright Finland Foundation. You can apply for the grant even if your university does not participate in the Cost-share program.

If you are from the field of technology, see also the Fulbright- Technology Industries of Finland Grants for postdoctoral research in the U.S.

Benefits

The maximum grant is 15,500 USD (except for the Cost-share grants). The Cost-share grants are a maximum of 30,000 USD.

In addition to financial support, the Fulbright program includes significant additional benefits and program services, such as a free visa, personal advice services, and an orientation to the American culture, education system and the upcoming Fulbright period.

Eligibility

The applicant must hold a doctoral degree at the time of application deadline. The doctorate must have been earned within four years of application. If the doctorate was received more than four years ago at the time of the application deadline, the applicant should consider the ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholar.

If the candidate does not yet have a PhD, the Selection Committee may take the application under evaluation on the following two conditions: the applicant submits with his/her application 1) a reference letter or statement regarding the progress of the dissertation work from his/her dissertation supervisor and 2) a copy of the comments from the advance reader of the applicant’s dissertation. In all cases the grantee must have completed his/her doctoral degree before his/her grant period in the United States begins.

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. Candidates planning longer research projects in the United States should contact Fulbright Finland before submitting their applications.

The J-1 scholar visa and J-2 dependent visa includes regulations which may limit the possibility to reenter the United States. Scholars and their dependents who have held previous J visas may not be eligible to re-enter as J-1 researchers or J-2 dependents for 12 or 24 months following departure from the United States. If you’ve held a J visa during the past 24 months or have questions about the J visa regulations, please contact Fulbright Finland. Additionally, grantees and/or their dependents can apply for a work visa or a permanent residence permit to the U.S. only after spending 2 years in the home country after the Fulbright grant period. Applicants residing in the U.S. are not eligible.

Applications in all fields are accepted. However, proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact are not eligible. This restriction is applied quite widely and applicants are advised to contact Fulbright Finland if they have any questions about the eligibility of their project.

How to Apply?

The selection is based on the information provided in the application. The applicant has to attach his or her research plan and an invitation from the American host university or research center in the application. 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 online at https://iie.embark.com/apply/visitingscholars. The applicants should carefully read the instructions and other material related to the application process before starting to work on the application.

  • Application attachment: Preliminary budget
  • Application attachment: Checklist to be signed

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, and for sending them to the Fulbright Finland Foundation by email (applications(at)Fulbright.fi). Also note that the Fulbright Finland Foundation only takes into account the applications which have arrived by deadline and which include all the required attachments.

If you face any technical difficulties when filling in the application form, you should immediately contact the Fulbright Finland Foundation.

Timeline

Deadline for applications December 9, 2018 (Finnish time)
Applicant interviews in Helsinki February 13-15, 2019
Selections announced March 2019
Compulsory Orientation Day for all selected grantees May 2019

 

Read more about alumni experiences and their thoughts about the application process and why a research visit through the Fulbright program is beneficial.

Application process

The application process for the Junior Scholar grants is as follows:

  1. Once the Fulbright Finland Foundation has received all applications, they go through a technical check-up. This is for making sure that an application is valid in all possible ways.
  2. If the application comes from a university participating in Cost-share funding, the application that has passed the technical check-up is sent to the applicant’s home university to be evaluated and to make the Cost-share agreement. After this, the application is sent back to the Fulbright Finland Foundation for an evaluation, even if it has not received the Cost-share agreement.
  3. All applications that pass the technical check-up are sent to the grant selection committee of the Fulbright Finland Foundation. The committee evaluates the applications and, based on this, selects some of the applicants for an interview. All applicants are notified of the results of the evaluation.
  4. The interview committee evaluates the applicants based on the individual interviews. These evaluations are sent to the grant selection committee.
  5. The grant selection committee evaluates the applicants based on the applications and the interviews. After this the committee gives a final proposal to the Fulbright Finland Foundation board. An applicant is either selected, placed on the waiting list, or rejected.
  6. The Fulbright Finland Foundation board gives its final decision on the proposal given by the grant selection committee. The program coordinator sends the decisions to all applicants.
  7. By replying to the selection letter, an applicant is accepted to be a grantee on behalf of Finland’s Fulbright commission. After the Foreign Scholarship Board in the U.S. gives its formal acceptance, the applicant officially becomes a Fulbright grantee.

Questions?

Program Coordinator
Emmi Jelekäinen
emmi.jelekainen(at)fulbright.fi
puh. +358 44 5535 275