Fulbright-University of Vaasa 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 award is intended for conducting high quality research, but some lecturing at the graduate or doctoral level during the visit is also welcomed. The award can be offered for any field represented by the following four schools or the three multidisciplinary research platforms below. Applicants are encouraged to contact the host schools and the research platforms to plan their grant activities.
The University of Vaasa has four schools for research and teaching:
- School of Accounting and Finance
- School of Management
- School of Marketing and Communication
- School of Technology and Innovations
In addition, the University of Vaasa has three multidisciplinary research platforms, which combine the disciplinary knowledge with prevailing global trends, and advance multi-, cross- and inter-disciplinary research:
- Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre VEBIC
- Digital Economy
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship InnoLab
The Fulbright-University of Vaasa Scholar Award is jointly funded by the University of Vaasa and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.
The University of Vaasa
The University of Vaasa offers education in the fields of business, technology, administration, and communication. Their multidisciplinary research programs and strong disciplinary expertise provide impactful research and learning environment that serves society and brings together business, management and technology experts.
At the university, researchers have access to three laboratories, which are equipped with modern and latest scientific instruments for conducting experiments and constructing models or prototypes:
The 5,000 students and 600 employees of the University of Vaasa thrive at the maritime campus located close to the city center.
The University of Vaasa embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities for all staff members. 30 percent of the university’s research and teaching staff come from outside of Finland. The students, researchers and other staff members represent more than 80 different nationalities.
The University of Vaasa offers an opportunity to build a successful career in an international science university. The core values of the University of Vaasa are courage, community and responsibility. The university actively promotes wellbeing and personal development of the personnel, providing them comprehensive support services.
The University of Vaasa has been awarded the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ award in recognition of its development work and commitment to the European Commission's principles regarding the implementation of fair and equal opportunity in the recruitment and appraisal procedures for researchers.
The University of Vaasa is well positioned to interact actively with the surrounding society – internationally, nationally and regionally.
The university operates at the heart of EnergyVaasa, the leading energy and environmental technology competence center in the Nordic countries. EnergyVaasa includes over 160 companies, several of which are global market leaders and employs over 12,000 experts from over 120 nations. Important partners in the surrounding region also includes the business community and municipalities, other universities and polytechnics, and the university consortiums in Seinäjoki and Kokkola.
In the Vaasa region, beautiful nature and urban city life can be easily combined. Everything in the Vaasa region is close by and moving from one sort of atmosphere and experience to another is effortless.
Awards begin in August or September 2024, January 2025, 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.
Potential hosts can refer to these instructions when writing a letter of invitation.
NOTE: Late June, July and early August are traditionally summer vacation months in Finland and responses to inquiries may be delayed during this period. Applicants are advised to contact the Finnish host institution well ahead of time if they have any questions about the grant.
During the selection process, some applicants may be invited to a Zoom call in mid-January 2024.
A candidate for the Fulbright-University of Vaasa Scholar Award must hold a Ph.D. degree and should have several years of research and teaching experience in his/her field. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen.
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 Vaasa
Applicants are encouraged to contact the host department, faculty or research program to work together in designing the grant activities. Please contact the HR department at the university in any general questions about the university or if you need assistance in locating a potential host at the university.
HR Specialist, International affairs and mobility
+358 29 449 8131
Fulbright Finland Foundation
Fulbright Finland Foundation encourages potential applicants to visit its website for further information and contact the office directly with any questions. 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 4,000 EUR (approx. $4,200) a month, paid out in euro in monthly installments.
Please note: amounts in USD are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.
The University of Vaasa 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.
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).
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.
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.
The scholar will receive the full support services provided by the Fulbright Finland Foundation for all Fulbright grantees in Finland.
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 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.
To learn more about Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards in Finland for 2024-25, please view our archived webinar and slides to hear directly from the Fulbright Commission, IIE staff and U.S. Scholar alums regarding award details, the scholar experience, and application guidance.
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 (5.6 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. On a national level research and development is highly emphasized. The Finnish government is committed to the target of raising research and development expenditure to four per cent of GDP by 2030. 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.
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 offers awards to U.S. 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.
The Fulbright Finland Foundation also provides information for Finnish institutions, which applicants are encouraged to utilize when contacting prospective hosts.
Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.