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Fulbright-TUAS (Turku University of Applied Sciences) Scholar Award

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Grant Activity

The Fulbright-TUAS Scholar Award enables U.S. scholars to undertake teaching at the bachelor’s and master’s levels at the Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS).

The grantee will undertake teaching mostly at the master’s level at TUAS. In addition, the grantee will participate both in the implementation of ongoing research, development and innovation (RDI) projects and in planning new project initiatives together with TUAS faculty members.  More information can be found at: http://www.tuas.fi/en/research-and-development/rdi-co-operation-tuas

Master’s programs at TUAS are built on multiform studies including problem-based learning processes, lectures and seminars, e-learning and independent work, and are conducted in close cooperation with business life. Master’s students must have a minimum of two years of relevant work experience prior to their studies. Their contact sessions are held usually on two full workdays approximately once a month. Due to this, in addition to teaching, the grantee will also familiarize him/herself with TUAS RDI projects and participate in activities of the research group(s) in his/her field. TUAS focuses on applied RDI that is closely connected to the development needs of the industry and other organizations. A successful RDI project responds to the needs of individuals and communities.

The grant will be awarded for the field of business administration or engineering and technology (see below). The detailed focus of the grant will be defined together with the grantee based on his/her expertise.   

The Fulbright-TUAS Scholar Award is jointly funded by the Turku University of Applied Sciences and the Fulbright Finland Foundation (the Finnish Fulbright Commission).

Grant Length
Three to nine months
Grant Dates

August or September 2021, January 2022, or as otherwise agreed between the grantee and the Fulbright Finland Foundation. Full study semesters are preferred (fall, spring, or both). The academic year runs from August through May (fall semester: September-December, spring semester: January-May). There is generally no teaching from June to August.


Turku University of Applied Sciences

Turku University of Applied Sciences is one of the 23 universities of applied sciences which operate under the mandate of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. Students at universities of applied sciences can complete Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Universities of applied sciences may also provide professional specialization programs, degree modules as open university education or as other non-degree studies, and continuing professional education.

TUAS is an inspiring community of 10,000 members and an innovative and multidisciplinary higher education institution, which creates international competitiveness and well-being for Southwest Finland. TUAS graduates are practice-oriented professionals with top competencies. 

Studies at TUAS are working life-oriented, combining theoretical studies with professional skills. At the core of teaching is innovation pedagogy, a new approach to learning developed at TUAS. Innovation pedagogy emphasizes the viewpoints of RDI and working life, making TUAS graduates independently minded professionals with excellent international and communication skills. The cornerstones of innovation pedagogy are

  • innovative learning and teaching methods
  • cross-disciplinary learning environment and boundary crossing
  • integrated and extensive research and development activities
  • flexible curricula
  • acknowledging the importance of entrepreneurship and service production
  • internationalization in research, development and student engagement.

TUAS also provides high quality and flexible training and consulting services for both individuals and organizations in the public and private sector. In the field of applied research, TUAS represents the top tier in the country. TUAS coordinates or acts as a partner in over 200 RDI projects yearly. For more information on TUAS, please visit their webpage.

Turku – a modern European city with great possibilities

  • The Turku Region is the third largest urban region in Finland with 317,000 inhabitants. It is located in the southwestern Finland by the river Aura. Turku was the first capital of Finland, prior to Helsinki, and it has at times been a highly important gateway to the west. The Port of Turku is a significant commercial hub with busy ferry traffic to Sweden, and the airport offers flight connections all over Europe.
  • History has given the city a distinctive cultural atmosphere. Turku is also multicultural, as evidenced by its myriad nationalities, languages, and customs. The city is home to people of over 130 nationalities, speaking over one hundred different languages.
  • Turku area has 22,000 enterprises with a total of 130,000 jobs. Turku is one of the strongest education and know-how clusters in Northern Europe with six higher education institutions and 40,000 students.
  • Turku is a cozy city, where everything works efficiently and is easily accessible. It also has great possibilities for leisure time whether you’re attending cultural events, doing sports, or visiting the beautiful archipelago that opens to the Baltic Sea.
  • More information on Turku can be found at Visit Turku.
Flex Option
Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Computer Science
Environmental Sciences
Materials Sciences
Public Administration
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.

Leadership and Management
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Marine Engineering
Software Engineering
Telecommunications Engineering

Application Deadline
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Candidate Profile
Academics, all levels including early career
Number of Grants
Approximately 1
Program Staff
Carleen Velez
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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