Fulbright-University of Turku 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 award is meant for conducting research and/or lecturing in any field represented in the eight faculties and five independent units at the University of Turku. In addition to the award that is open for all fields represented at the University of Turku, there is an additional grant available for INVEST Research Flagship in the academic year 2023–24. INVEST Research Flagship has research groups in Sociology, Psychology and Child Psychiatry. INVEST aims at providing a new model for the welfare states that is more equal, better targeted to problem groups, more anticipatory as well as economically and socially sustainable.
Faculties at UTU:
In addition, research activities and learning take place at independent units, e.g. at Turku Bioscience Centre and Turku PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Center – both acknowledged worldwide for their quality research. Moreover, Faculty of Humanities hosts the national John Morton Center.
The award can be awarded for any field represented at the University of Turku.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the host department, faculty or research program to work together in designing the activities.
The Fulbright-University of Turku Scholar Award is jointly funded by the University of Turku and the Fulbright Finland Foundation (the Finnish Fulbright commission).
The University of Turku (UTU) is an inspiring and international academic community of 25,000 students and staff in Southwest Finland. The University of Turku was founded as the first Finnish-language university in the country in 1920. Our main campus is located in the historical city centre of Turku, renonwed as the best Student City in Finland.
The University of Turku is among the TOP 1 % of universities worldwide (QS World University Ranking 2022). We build a sustainable future with multidisciplinary research, education, and collaboration. Our research has significant impact and meets future global challenges. Close national and international research collaboration strengthens the University’s position among the leading research universities in the world.
Research at the University is profiled through the following six thematic collaborations:
- biodiversity and sustainability
- future technologies and digital society
- cultural memory and social change
- children, young people and learning
- health, diagnostics and drug development
- sea and maritime studies.
We educate future experts who will solve complex scientific questions and social issues and build a sustainable world. Our graduates have excellent collaboration skills, the ability to create work for themselves and others, and expertise that can be applied to different sectors of society. We offer a wide choice of international Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in English. The University is active in international co-operation, for example, we are a member of the Coimbra Group, a network of prestigious universities in Europe. Thanks to the outstanding services, compact campus, and active academic society, international students and scholars feel at home from the very beginning of their stay with us at the University of Turku, Finland.
Located only 150 kilometers west of the capital city of Helsinki, Turku is very well-connected, including daily ferry and air connections to Stockholm, Sweden. Therefore, it serves as an excellent base for exploring Finland and the other Nordic countries. Turku itself also offers a variety of both cultural and sport activities and events as well as opportunities to relax on nature trails or by the seaside. Active student life, easy and well-functioning public transport, and affordable housing are Turku's great assets. As many as 99% of the city's students of higher education institutions recommend Turku as a student city to their friends!
Awards begin in August or September 2023, January 2024, or as separately agreed upon with the host institution and the Fulbright Finland Foundation. The academic year runs from September through mid-May (fall semester: September to mid-December; spring semester: January to mid-May). There is generally no teaching from June to August.
The University of Turku 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.
July and August are traditionally summer vacation months in Finland and responses to inquiries may be considerably delayed. Applicants are advised to contact the Finnish host institution well ahead of time if they have any questions about the grant or if they wish to obtain an invitation letter from the host.
It is also recommended to work together with the host to plan the work program relevant for both the grantee and the host. The hosts might receive several enquiries, so it is advisable to make the contact with the host at the earliest stage.
During the selection process, some applicants may be invited to a Zoom call in mid-January 2023.
A candidate for The Fulbright – University of Turku Scholar Award must hold a Ph.D. degree (or other terminal degree) and should have several years’ teaching and research experience in his/her field. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen. Proposals for medical research 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.
University of Turku:
Applicants are encouraged to contact the host department, faculty or research program to work together in designing the grant activities. Please contact the contact persons at the university in any general questions about the university or if you need assistance in locating a potential host at the university.
International Liaison Officer
International Liaison Officer
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 2,700–4,000 EUR (approx. $ 3,000–$4,500) depending on rank of scholar, paid out in euro in monthly installments.
The University of Turku 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. In most cases the housing is offered at the university guest apartments, which are right next to the campus area. The newly completed building has furnished one-bedroom apartments for visitors. The apartments are 37.5 - 40 m² with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room. The apartments can accommodate 1-3 persons. The apartments are well furnished and equipped with kitchen facilities. Each apartment has a wired internet connection, a television and a separate air conditioning, among other things. Cleaning once a month is included. Those who are travelling with larger family and need larger apartment, should inform the host about this, so that alternative accommodation can be ensured.
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.
Fulbright Scholars at UTU are offered a full range of services incl. help and advice for relocation and orientation, Finnish for beginner's courses, staff training, and sports services. UTU also wants to contribute to it's international staff's accompanying family settling-in well in Finland and Turku. Information on Finnish language courses, day care and schools, as well as leisure time activities and networking is available. More information at: https://www.utu.fi/en/university/for-visitors
The Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki also 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.