Fulbright-Haaga-Helia (University of Applied Sciences) Scholar Award
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In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
The Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award enables U.S. scholars to undertake teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level and take part in research and development (RD) activities at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. The award can be awarded for any field represented at Haaga-Helia.
The scholar will be a member of the lecturer team in the respective competence area. At Haaga-Helia, a team teaching model is applied, and the scholar works closely with other lecturers. Scholar may be responsible for teaching a full study course or parts of courses depending on the work plan agreed. Even if the main role of the scholar is teaching, at Haaga-Helia, all lecturers are expected to take part in the RD activities. Taking part in RD activities can mean, for example, writing a publication together with Haaga-Helia faculty or contributing to a RD project that is running or planning a RD project in cooperation with Haaga-Helia faculty. The grant cannot be used for advancing one's own academic research.
Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) train professionals with emphasis on labor market needs and they conduct applied research and development which supports teaching and learning and promotes regional development in particular. The education in UAS emphasizes co-operation with the business, industry and service sectors.
Haaga-Helia has excellent facilities for teaching, learning and RD. Haaga-Helia SalesLab offers a completely new type of environment for improving and developing sales, customer engagements and interaction situations. Haaga-Helia EComLab is an environment for developing and testing Ecommerce concepts. More information about Haaga-Helia RD projects can be found on their website.
The Fulbright-Haaga-Helia Scholar Award is jointly funded by the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and the Fulbright Finland Foundation (the Finnish Fulbright commission).
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences has a staff (including faculty) of 660 professionals and a student population of 11,000 undergraduates and graduates. It hosts over 1,000 international students. Haaga-Helia offers Bachelor and Master programs in Finnish and in English. Haaga-Helia has campuses in Helsinki, Porvoo and Vierumäki.
Through education, research and development, Haaga-Helia prepares professionals for business and public sector. In education, closeness to practice is emphasized, and all activities reflect to realities of the marketplace. Haaga-Helia operates in close cooperation with industry, and has an extensive network of business partners. Haaga-Helia also promotes internationalization, and in terms of teacher and student mobility, it is the most international university of applied sciences in Finland. Haaga-Helia graduates go on to successful careers in broad range of organizations.
Helsinki, the capital and largest city of Finland, is a modern city with 600,000 residents. The Helsinki Metropolitan Area has a population of 1.2 million, and is the most developed region in Finland and the center of business life, education and culture.
Helsinki is a modern European cultural city located on the Baltic sea. Its modern architecture, cutting-edge design and high-technology have attracted international recognition for the city. The beauty of the surrounding nature makes Helsinki a very nice place to live.
More information on Helsinki and the Helsinki Metropolitan area at My Helsinki.
One-semester grants may begin in August/September 2023 or January 2024; two-semester grants must begin in August/September 2023.
While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is a special interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas:
Aviation Business, Business, Communication, Finance, Information Technology, International Business, Hospitality, Experience, Tourism and Event Management, Journalism, Sales, Sports and Leisure, Vocational Teacher Education.
Haaga-Helia´s core research areas are:
- Engaging vocational pedagogy
- Sales development and digitalization
- Service business development and design
- Entrepreneurship and business development
Visit the Haaga-Helia Research and Development website to learn more.
Haaga-Helia provides the Scholar and their family with free housing. The Scholar will be provided with a monthly stipend, round-trip travel allowance, residence permit allowance, and a supplemental accident and sickness benefit for the grant period.
Additionally, the Fulbright-Haaga Helia Scholar receives the full support services provided by the Fulbright Finland Foundation for all Fulbright grantees in Finland.
July is traditionally a summer vacation month in Finland and responses to inquiries be delayed. Applicants are advised to contact Haaga-Helia well ahead, preferably at least 4 months prior to the application deadline, of time to solicit an invitation letter for their application.
An international scholar does not need Finnish or Swedish in order to be able to live and work in Finland. English is widely spoken in academic circles.
During the selection process, some applicants may be invited to a Zoom call in mid-January 2023.
Candidates must have sufficient experience in teaching. Preference is given to candidates with relevant professional experience and networks outside of academia.
Interest and experience in Haaga-Helia’´s core research (RDI) areas would be appreciated.
Proposals for medical science involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact are not eligible.
In addition to the general evaluation criteria, candidates in all Fulbright programs are reviewed on the project’s contribution to the objectives of the Fulbright Program as well as on the adaptability and suitability of the candidate to act as a Fulbright Ambassador for the U.S. in Finland.
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences encourages applicants to contact the university staff beforehand. Haaga-Helia International Services are happy to help potential candidates to connect with the faculty members for discussion.
Fulbright Finland Foundation
Please let us know if we can provide any further information about this grant in particular or about the Finnish-American Fulbright program in general.
The stipend includes a monthly grant and free housing for the scholar and their accompanying family.
The monthly grant is 3,000 - 5,000 EUR (approx. $3,400 – $5,700) per month depending on the expertise of the grantee based on a three-grade scale. Please note: amounts in USD are subject to change due to currency fluctuations
- For an instructor or an assistant professor with fewer than five years professional experience outside of academia in a relevant field: 3,000 EUR (approx. $3,400)
- For a candidate at the rank of at least an assistant professor and with professional experience outside of academia of at least five years in a relevant field: 4,100 EUR (approx. $4,600)
- For a full professor with professional experience outside of academia, with at least 15 years of work experience in a relevant field: 5,000 EUR (approx. $5,700)
Haaga-Helia will arrange and cover the cost of housing for the scholar and their family. Applicants should communicate their housing needs to the host institution during the application process, so that appropriate housing can be arranged for them.
There are no separate allowances for accompanying dependents.
A one-time travel allowance of $1,800 is provided. Also, a residence permit allowance is provided - based on the actual permit fees (incl. grantee and accompanying family members).
No dependent tuition allowance is offered, but K-12 education in Finland is generally free or heavily subsidized (some special schools, such as private international schools, may charge tuition). Instruction in English is available in Helsinki and other bigger cities at kindergartens, elementary and secondary schools, as well as at the university level, however many of them require an aptitude test and sometimes entry is competitive.
The Finnish school system is considered one of the best in the world. Finland has been one of the top performers in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an ongoing study administered every three years that tests the math, reading and science literacy of 15-year-olds in OECD nations. Average group sizes in basic education in Finland have for a long time been below the OECD average.
For details about the Finnish education system please visit the Ministry of Education and Culture, which provides greater insight to education at all levels across Finland.
Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.
At Haaga-Helia, the scholar will have:
- a workplace on the Haaga-Helia campus, a laptop and a phone to use
- a Haaga-Helia IT account and access to the Haaga-Helia IT environment for staff
- full access to the Haaga-Helia library and information services
- the opportunity to participate in workshops, seminars and other activities available for Haaga-Helia faculty and staff
The Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki arranges a four-day orientation seminar for scholars at the end of August, which scholars arriving for the fall semester are expected to attend. An orientation meeting is also arranged for scholars arriving in January. In addition, the Fulbright Finland Foundation organizes seminars and other events throughout the academic year for the Fulbright scholars to deepen their understanding of the Finnish culture.
The grantee will also be eligible, free of charge, to participate in a Fulbright Finland Foundation pre-approved summer school in Finland consisting of courses on Finnish language, culture and society, pending availability of suitable programs.
Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
The general country landscape
Finland is a Nordic country the size of California located in northern Europe, and is part of the European Union. It is rather sparsely populated (5.5 million people) and has extensive nature: forests, coastline and lakes.The six largest cities host approximately 60% of the population; urban environments are closely linked to nature. It is a country that has a well-organized and efficient society. The general infrastructure, both public and private services, is considered very effective. Well run public services such as transportation, police, education and healthcare are fundamental and highly regarded parts of the society. The arts and design, cultural life, nature and sports are highly valued. Finland ranks as one of the world’s most stable nations and has been named one of the safest and least corrupt countries in the world, which makes it an easy place to live and travel in.
Finns believe strongly in equality and education, and the country is especially known for its effective and free education system. Finland has two types of higher education institutions: universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS). Finnish higher education institutions engage in world-leading research and offer high-quality academic programs. In relation to its gross domestic product, Finland invests more in research and development than almost any other OECD country. Finnish institutions and researchers are also among the most active scientific publishers in the world. Together with a welcoming and intriguing environment, Finland offers interesting opportunities for American researchers, teachers and professionals. English is widely used at the university level.
The academic year in Finland is based on a two-semester system. The official academic year starts on August 1 and ends on July 31. However, in the fall semester lectures are usually scheduled between September and mid-December, and in the spring semester between early January and May. Typically, there is no teaching during the summer and on public holidays.
Fulbright in Finland
Finland has a strong Fulbright program with a unique history. The program has an important role in supporting the internationalization of education and research in Finland, helping U.S. and Finnish institutions create linkages, and promoting a wider exchange of knowledge and professional talents through educational contacts between Finland and the United States. The program has grown in recent years due to the close cooperation of the Fulbright Finland Foundation with Finnish universities, research institutions, governmental agencies and private foundations, as well as to U.S. and Finnish alumni contributions. Most of the program’s funding currently comes from Finland.
The Fulbright Finland Foundation (the Finnish Fulbright Commission) offers awards to U.S. teachers and scholars to teach or pursue research in Finland. The majority of awards are available to scholars in all disciplines, but some awards are limited to certain fields. In nearly all categories, housing is provided for the grantee.
Awards are also available for professionals for career development.
Candidates interested in applying for an award to Finland are welcome to consult the Fulbright Finland Foundation's website for more information.
The Fulbright Finland Foundation also provides information for Finnish institutions, which applicants are encouraged to utilize when contacting prospective hosts.
Read more about Finland:
Visit the Fulbright Finland Foundation to see grantees from previous years.
Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.