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Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Research Collaboration

The Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Research Collaboration are short-term travel grants for researchers from Finland to travel to the United States for a minimum of one week and a maximum of three months.
The application round for visits in 2020 ends on March 2, 2020!

Are you:

  • Planning a short-term research visit to the U.S.?
  • Interested in and willing to advance collaboration between your Finnish home institution and a U.S. partner as well as to share information about Finnish-U.S. Fulbright grant opportunities in order to advance that collaboration?

If you answered "yes" on both counts, read further, because this might be a grant for you.   

Purpose of the Grant Program

The Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Research Collaboration are short-term travel grants for researchers from Finland to travel to the United States for a minimum of one week and a maximum of three months. The travel grant supports visits which advance research in the applicant’s field as well as initiating or advancing institutional and research collaboration between Finland and the U.S. Applicants should also be prepared to share information about Fulbright Finland grant opportunities at their home and host institutions.

While applicants from all fields are eligible please note that the Fulbright Finland Foundation especially encourages proposals tackling current and/or global challenges, and applications are sought especially from the following three priority areas:

  • The Arctic
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education

The proposal for the visit should include all of the following three goals:

  • Advancing the applicant’s own research goals
  • Initiating and/or advancing collaboration between the Finnish home and U.S. host institution and cooperation between Finland and the U.S. in the specific research area
  • Sharing information about Finnish-U.S. Fulbright grant opportunities both while in the United States as well as at the home institution in Finland

Examples of activities for the visit may include making contacts, launching collaboration projects, negotiating contracts, attending conventions and conferences, and conducting research. Please note that the grant is not awarded solely for attending a conference. Teaching is possible as well (teaching cannot be the primary purpose of the grant), but candidates need to be aware that for teaching purposes a visa is required and it is the grantees’ own responsibility to obtain a visa. The goals of the visit must be realistic in view of the proposed length of the visit.

Background of the Program

The Fulbright Finland Foundation has received feedback from Finnish higher education institutions that administrators, students, teachers and researchers on the departmental level at Finnish HEIs are not yet adequately familiar with Fulbright grant opportunities. On the departmental level there is not enough familiarity with the programs available for U.S. academia to visit Finnish universities or opportunities provided for Finnish scholars and researchers to visit U.S. institutions, and for this reason the institutions may miss out on important opportunities. The Fulbright Finland Foundation has also received feedback from Finnish university departments that there is a significant need for short-term travel grants for research collaboration with partners in the U.S. The Fulbright Finland Travel Grants for Research Collaboration was founded specifically based on the feedback from the field. It is, in essence, a combined response to these two needs. The first call for applications was made in April 2015.

Benefits

The grant is meant for travel expenses (travel costs between Finland and the host city and accommodation costs). The exact grant amount is determined on the basis of the application and the total grant can range up to 4000 euros. Please note that the applicant should be prepared to cover all other costs for the visit by other means.

Selected grantees also participate in the Fulbright Finland Pre-Departure Orientation and receive support services provided by the Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki.

Selected grantees become part of the Fulbright Finland alumni network and can benefit from the support provided by Finnish and U.S. alumni.

Eligibility

Researchers in Finland, including doctoral students, are eligible to apply. Applicants do not need to be Finnish citizens. Applications from doctoral students and young postdoctoral scholars are particularly encouraged. Grantees must start their visit in the United States during the same calendar year the grant has been awarded, and the first possible departure date is after the Fulbright Finland Pre-Departure Orientation in May. Grantees must return to Finland after the travel grant visit.

Grantees with Finnish citizenship should be able to travel to the U.S. under the visa waiver program if the purpose and content of the visit are as described below. Citizens of countries that are not part of the visa waiver program need a Business (B1) visa.

Recipients of the Fulbright Finland Travel Grant for Research Collaboration are eligible to apply for another Fulbright Finland Foundation grant after they have submitted a completed final report of their travel grant visit.

If applicants have received another grant from the Fulbright Finland Foundation, they are eligible to apply for a Fulbright Finland Travel Grant for Research Collaboration one year after the completion of the previous Fulbright Finland Foundation grant.

How to Apply?

Please send the completed application form as well as the required supplements to the Fulbright Finland Foundation, office(at)fulbright.fi, in one file by the application deadline.

Please note that all the documents attached to your application need to be converted to a basic PDF file (no advanced file formats such as PDF Portfolios).

Required supplements:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • U.S. host institution invitation letter
  • Home university recommendation
    • In addition to evaluating your professional work, the recommendation should describe the potential for collaboration between the home and host institution and the suitability of the applicant for the role of being an ambassador of Finland, his/her host institution, and the Fulbright Finland program.

The recommendation can be, for example, from the Dean of the Faculty, Head of Department, or other as appropriate (doctoral students should have their supervisor’s recommendation).

Timeline

Application deadline March 2, 2020
Interviews in Helsinki April 1, 2020
Selection results published In late April 2020
Compulsory Fulbright Finland Pre-Departure Orientation for the selected grantees going to the U.S. May 13, 2020 (full day)

The grantees are required to submit a final report and results to the Fulbright Finland Foundation within 14 days upon the completion of the visit. The Fulbright Finland Foundation will also send a follow-up inquiry one year after the visit on continuing home and host institution collaboration and Fulbright Finland information sharing at the Finnish home institution.

Alumni Experiences

Saijaleena Rantanen
Travel Grantee 2016, University of Minnesota

 

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 an 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.