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Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

Hanken School of Economics is a research-intensive business school with a program portfolio covering the whole range from BSc to Ph.D. and Executive Education.

The Chair conducts research in the area of specialization and contributes to Hanken's knowledge dissemination to academia and the corporate world and/or teaches in Hanken's degree programs and Executive Education.

In addition to lecturing at Hanken School of Economics, the Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair is encouraged to network and create linkages throughout Finland, and give occasional guest lectures at other Finnish universities. The Chair and Hanken faculty at the department work together in designing the Chair’s activities.

The Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair is jointly funded by Hanken and the Fulbright Finland Foundation (the Finnish Fulbright commission).

Scholars selected for this award can choose to:
  • Advise and/or mentor students
  • Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
  • Participate in a two-week group seminar
  • Teaching, Research, and Teaching/Research
  • Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
  • Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
  • Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
  • Professional Project Options
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
  • Seminar Options
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Award Length and Period

Three to six months; please see Flex Option.

Grants must begin in either late August 2022 or January 2023, unless otherwise agreed upon with the Fulbright Finland Foundation.

It is possible to split an award into two segments that do not exceed the maximum grant period of 6 months (see Flex Description).

The academic year begins in September and ends in August. Lecturing takes place from early-September to early-May.


Hanken School of Economics (Helsinki):

Hanken is a leading, internationally accredited university with over one hundred years of experience in education and research in economics and business administration. Hanken School of Economics, one of the oldest business schools in the Nordic countries, was established in 1909 as a Swedish speaking school. Today, Hanken is the only stand-alone business school in Finland.  The research and study environment is international, and there are campuses in Helsinki and Vaasa, Finland. Classroom instruction is conducted in both Swedish and English.

Research at Hanken is carried out within all departments, with a special focus on four interdisciplinary areas of strength: 1.) Competition Economics and Service Strategy, 2.) Financial Management, Accounting, and Governance, 3.) Responsible Organizing, and 4.) Leading for Growth and Wellbeing. Hanken has also identified the following three high-potential research areas: Digitization and Sustainability in Intellectual Property; Humanitarian and Societal Logistics; and Strategic and Entrepreneurial Praxis.

Many of Hanken faculty members are at the forefront of their research areas and publish in top tier academic journals. Hanken also cooperates with the corporate world, which is reflected in joint research projects, active interaction through our partner programs as well as generous support in fundraising.

Hanken is the first university in Finland to introduce a mandatory period abroad as an integrated part of the curriculum. The students are thus offered a unique opportunity to create their own international networks for life through an exchange or internship period abroad. These lifelong networks are created both internationally and at Hanken. They permeate the studies and play an important role in the excellent placement of alumni in the international job market.

Through the Hanken alumni network and activities, the network built while at Hanken and the ties to the School are maintained and broadened after graduation. Hanken has more than 14,000 alumni, working in leading positions in more than 70 different countries. Hanken alumni are highly competitive and appreciated on the job market; 95% have a job within three months of graduation. In addition to getting a high-quality degree, Hanken alumni become part of a lifelong network with excellent opportunities for both professional and personal development.

Flex Option
Flex Description

The Flex Award is designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country. This option allows grants to be conducted over short segments, during the fall and/or spring semesters. Interested applicants should clearly indicate plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline. Flex grantees may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host-country academic community.

Flex grant parameters:

  • Minimum length of the total grant is three months and the maximum is six months;
  • Minimum length for any grant segment is two months;
  • Two grant segments may be spread over one or two consecutive years; and
  • Flex awards are offered for teaching/research and research grants.
Discipline Type
Only projects in the following disciplines will be considered
Information Sciences/Systems
Areas of Interest

While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas:

Accounting; commercial law (including IP law); economics; entrepreneurship, management and organization; finance; information systems science; management and organization; marketing; supply chain management and social responsibility; statistics.

Special Features

Hanken provides the Chair and his/her family with free housing. The Chair will be provided with a monthly stipend, round-trip travel, and an accident and sickness insurance for the grant period.

Additionally, the Fulbright-Hanken Chair receives the full support services provided by the Fulbright Finland Foundation for all Fulbright grantees in Finland.

Application Deadline
Activity Type

Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.

Senior Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of Recipients
Up To 3
Program Staff
Jaclyn Assarian
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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