Fulbright Scholar Award

Mid-Career Professional Development Award

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13164-FI
Activity Type
Professional Project
A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
Artists
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Professionals
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.

Number of recipients

Up To
3
Award Start Period
August 2023 - September 2023, or January 2024
Award Length
4 months - 5 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Finland
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project

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.

Award Activity

The aim of the award is to allow professionals in various fields to take a sabbatical leave of four to five months from normal work duties to pursue further education or training that would enhance their professional development and the field at large. Applicants should be at a point in their careers when maximum benefit will ensue from this period of professional enrichment. The focus of the award cannot be aimed at academic research or lecturing projects.

Applicants should create projects that may include studies, practical experience in actual operations, visits to organizations in their professional field, public lectures or other appropriate professional experiences. Their project plans should include a concrete description of the planned activities during the grant period as well as the expected benefits for completing the project for their professional field.

Please note that the MCPD awards, which are unique to Finland, use the Fulbright U.S. Scholar application form. However, the MCPD award is not meant for academic research.

Locations
Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Applicants must arrange affiliation and include a letter of invitation from the host institution in Finland. Possible affiliations include government organizations, universities, museums, art institutions, non-profits and private businesses, among others. See examples of the projects of previous Mid-Career Professional Development program grantees on the Fulbright Finland Foundation website.

Award Length and Period

Awards must begin in August/September 2023 or January 2024 , or must be separately agreed upon with the host institution and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

July is traditionally a summer vacation month 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.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Qualification Information

During the selection process, some applicants may be invited to a Zoom call in mid-January 2023.

The award is meant for mid-career professionals with a minimum of seven years of experience. Emphasis is on professional qualifications and expertise. A university degree is not required.

Applicants must arrange affiliation and include a letter of invitation. The invitation should conform to the project and dates of visit and state facilities offered.

Proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact are not eligible.

Additional Comments

Fulbright Finland Foundation encourages potential applicants to visit its website for further information and contact the office directly with any questions:

Emmi Jelekäinen
Program Specialist
Email: emmi.jelekainen@fulbright.fi
Email: office@fulbright.fi
Tel: +358-44-5535 275

Award Allowances

The monthly grant is €2,700 EUR (approx. $3,100), paid out in euro in monthly installments.

Please note: amounts in USD are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. 

There are no separate allowances for accompanying dependents in any category.

Housing benefits are not available for scholars in the Mid-Career Professional Development Program, who arrange and pay for their own housing.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

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).

Additional Dependent Benefits

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 (link), 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.

Special Award Benefits

The MCPD grantee 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.

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.

Finland

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

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.

You can read more about Finland online here and here.

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.

For more information on living and studying in Finland, please click here and here.

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:

Statistics Finland
Fulbright Finland News Magazine

Previous Fulbright Recipients

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.