Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Award (All Disciplines)
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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- Tampere University scholar will conduct research and lecture at any of the seven faculties of the University:
- Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences
- Faculty of Management and Business
- Faculty of Education and Culture
- Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology
- Faculty of Built Environment
- Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
- Faculty of Social Sciences
The award can be awarded for any field represented at Tampere University.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the host department, faculty or research program to work together in designing the activities.
The Fulbright-Tampere University Scholar Award is jointly funded by the Tampere University and the Fulbright Finland Foundation (the Finnish Fulbright Commission).
Tampere University is located on three campuses: Central Campus, Hervanta Campus and Kauppi Campus. In January 2019, the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology merged to a new foundation-based university called Tampere University. Combining the strengths of the two universities created a higher education community that is more diverse, international and influential. Tampere University’s strength lies in technology, society and health. The University is the largest educator in the fields of social and administrative sciences in Finland.
Tampere University offers 38 Master’s, 6 Bachelor’s and 23 doctoral programmes in English. We welcome around 1000 exchange students yearly and have around 550 bilateral agreements covering both student and staff exchange. Tampere Summer School offers a large variety of inspiring courses covering a range of academic fields and up-to-date topics.
At Tampere university, research on technology, health and society come together in a unique way. The university conducts multi- and transdisciplinary research across organizational boundaries in their research groups and projects. The university has a lot to be proud of, like, for example, researchers and research groups, who have received funding from the Academy of Finland or the European Research Council. Their spearheads of research have been defined as outstanding by international evaluations.
The Academy of Finland’s Centers of Excellence (CoE) are at the very cutting edge of science in their fields. A CoE is a research and training network that has a clearly defined set of research objectives and is run under a joint management.
Tampere University coordinates three CoEs:
- Center of Excellence in History of Experiences (2018–2025) coordinated by Professor Pertti Haapala
- Center of Excellence in Body-on-Chip Research (2018-2025) coordinated by Professor Minna Kellomäki
- Center of Excellence in Game Culture Studies (2018–2025), coordinated by Professor Frans Mäyrä
In addition, Tampere University is a member of three other Centers of Excellence.
The Academy of Finland Flagship Programme promotes excellent research and versatile impact arising therefrom. Tampere University is the coordinator of the flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation (PREIN). The flagship focuses on light-based technologies and their applications. Photonics and light-based technologies play a central role in all areas of modern life, including in telecommunications, biomedicine, health care, energy and environment, manufacturing, and consumer products.
Please visit the university website for more information on the research carried out at Tampere University.
City of Tampere
Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland center in the Nordic countries.
Tampere is one of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland. It is a center for leading-edge technology, research, education, culture, sports and business. Year after year, the City of Tampere comes first in image surveys comparing the largest cities in Finland. It is also the most attractive city among Finns who plan on moving. Tampere is home to more than 220,000 people. The Greater Tampere Area, which comprises Tampere and its neighbouring municipalities, has a population of almost half a million.
Find more information at Visit Tampere.
The award is offered for a period of 3-10 months, starting in either September 2023 or January 2024, or must be separately agreed upon with the host institution and the Fulbright Finland Foundation. The academic year runs from September through mid-May. No teaching is generally offered during June to August.
Tampere University provides the scholar and their family with free housing and working facilities at the University. The scholar will be provided with a monthly grant, round-trip travel allowance, residence permit allowance, and a supplemental accident and sickness benefit for the grant period.
Additionally, the scholar will receive the full support services provided by the Fulbright Finland Foundation for all Fulbright grantees in Finland.
Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of invitation from the relevant unit. The letter should include information on the agreed teaching and research plan, details of housing, and length and dates of the proposed visit (Finnish host institution should refer to these instructions).
NOTE: July and August are traditionally summer vacation months in Finland and responses to inquiries may be delayed. Applicants are advised to contact the Finnish host institution well ahead of time to solicit an invitation letter for their application.
During the selection process, some applicants may be invited to a Zoom call in mid-January 2023.
A candidate for the Fulbright–Tampere University Scholar Award must hold a Ph.D. degree and have some experience in teaching and research in his/her field. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen.
Tampere University encourages applicants to contact the university staff beforehand. Minna Haka-Risku is happy to help potential candidates to connect with the faculty members for discussion.
Manager of International Affairs
Fulbright Finland Foundation
Fulbright Finland Foundation encourages potential applicants to visit its website for further information and contact the office directly with any questions:
The stipend includes a monthly grant and free housing for the scholar and their accompanying family.
The monthly grant is 4,500 EUR a month (approx. $5,100), paid out in euro in monthly installments.
Please note: amounts in USD are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.
Tampere University will arrange and cover the cost of housing for the scholar and their family. This information should be confirmed in the letter of invitation. 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.
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 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.