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Fulbright-Tampere University Graduate Award

The Fulbright Finland Foundation works with Tampere University to offer an award for a U.S. student admitted to one of the University’s International Master’s Degree Programs.

Tampere University

In January 2019, the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology merged to form a new foundation-based university called Tampere University. This new university is also the majority shareholder of Tampere University of Applied Sciences.

Combining the strengths of the two universities and the university of applied sciences created a higher education community that is more diverse, international and influential. The new University represents all levels of research, ranging from basic to applied research and service concepts. The community of 35,000 students and 5,000 staff is a unique hub for interdisciplinary research and education in the fields of health, society and technology.

Tampere University is fully integrated into the surrounding society and working life. As an excellent research environment, the city of Tampere offers the University a living laboratory in which to test, experiment, learn from mistakes and gain insight.

Tampere University offers about 38 international master’s programs and an international Tampere Summer School with more than 30 inspiring courses covering a range of academic fields and up-to-date topics. The University cooperates with about 550 partner universities internationally, and it draws its students and staff from 80 countries.

Please see all Master's degree programs on University of Tampere website.


The Fulbright-Tampere University Graduate Award includes a monthly grant of EUR 1 000 (9 months). The grantee will also be provided with a travel award (USD 1 600), residence permit allowance (based on the actual permit fees, incl. grantee and accompanying family members, funded by FFF) and a supplemental accident and sickness benefit (ASPE).

Based on the agreement with the Fulbright Finland Foundation, Tampere University awards a scholarship for the Fulbright-Tampere University Graduate Awardee to cover the annual tuition fee (in 2020 max. 12 000 €). The scholarship is granted also for the second year of Master’s studies provided that the grantee has been successful in his/her studies during the first year.

In addition, the grantee will be eligible, free of charge, to participate in a Fulbright Finland pre-approved summer school in Finland consisting of courses on Finnish language, culture and society, pending availability of suitable programs.

Education loan deferment: While on a Fulbright in Finland, U.S. Student  grantees have often been able to defer loans. Fulbright grants usually fall under the Graduate Fellowship deferment category. Grantee should confirm this with the lending institution.

Alumni who successfully complete the Fulbright U.S. Student Program are eligible for 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government, with the possibility of extensions if certain criteria are met.


The award competition is open to U.S. students who hold minimum Bachelor's degree. Academically talented graduating seniors may also apply before having the degree in hand. The grant is aimed for students who wish to complete a full Master’s degree at the Tampere University.

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Fulbright-Tampere University Graduate Award has a dual application procedure: The Fulbright grant competition and admission to the university.

The Fulbright Grant Competition

Please read the detailed application information for Finland. Please see the Application section.

The final selection is made by the Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki.

The application deadline is usually in early October for At-Large applicants. Candidates applying through a U.S. institution have usually a separate campus deadline for their Fulbright application which is typically 4-6 weeks earlier than the final October deadline. Please confirm the campus deadline with your home institution Fulbright program advisor.

There are two Fulbright-Tampere University Graduate Awards available per year.

Admission to the University

The student is responsible for securing affiliation with the Tampere University. Degree student applicants need to apply for admission to the Tampere University in accordance with the university application procedure. Please see the affiliation letter instructions and submission deadline on the Affiliation section on the U.S Student Program website.

Degree Students

Degree student applicants need to apply for admission to the Tampere University in accordance with the university application procedure and timetable.

Grant Timeline

Application period starts: March 31, 2021
Application period ends: October 12, 2021 (5:00 P.M. ET.), campuses deadlines are typically 4-6 weeks earlier
Earliest possible starting date: August 2022
Orientation seminar in Helsinki: TBC (expected in mid-August 2022)


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    Partner Organization Contact Information

    Tampere University
    Minna Haka-Risku
    Manager of International Affairs
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Institute of International Education (IIE)
    Mary-Rolfe Zeller
    Regional Program Officer, Europe and Eurasia
    Fulbright Student and Scholar Programs
    Email: [email protected]
    Tel: +1 202 326 7855

    What is the Fulbright Finland Foundation?

    The Fulbright Finland Foundation is a private, independent, not-for-profit organization based in Helsinki, Finland. The Foundation’s aim is

    • to promote a wider exchange of knowledge and professional talents through educational contacts between Finland and the United States, and
    • to support the internationalization of education and research in Finland, and help U.S. and Finnish institutions create linkages.

    What Makes the Fulbright Finland Foundation Program Unique?

    • In addition to the grant, the Fulbright Finland Foundation offers the grantees several additional benefits and free support services, as well as access to a global, multi-professional network.
    • We are looking for applicants who want to impact the future and to make a difference – applicants who want to facilitate positive change, develop and advance their own profession or discipline, and find solutions to national and international challenges in their field.
    • The grantees also act as ambassadors for the Fulbright Finland Foundation, their home country, and their home organization and, in this way, do their part in sharing their home country and culture and contributing to the relations between Finland and the U.S.
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    The Fulbright-Tampere University Graduate Award program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.