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

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

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

The scholar will undertake teaching mostly at the master’s level at Turku UAS. In addition, the scholar will participate both in the implementation of ongoing research, development and innovation (RDI) projects and in planning new project initiatives together with Turku UAS faculty members. More information about the RDI projects can be found on Turku UAS website.

Master’s programs at Turku UAS 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 scholar will also familiarize themselves with Turku UAS RDI projects and participate in activities of the research group(s) in their field. Turku UAS 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 scholar based on their expertise.

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

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

Awards may begin in August or September 2022, January 2023, or as separately agreed upon with the host institution 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.

Turku UAS 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. Turku UAS graduates are practice-oriented professionals with top competencies. 

Studies at Turku UAS 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 Turku UAS. Innovation pedagogy emphasizes the viewpoints of RDI and working life, making Turku UAS 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

Turku UAS 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, Turku UAS represents the top tier in the country. Turku UAS coordinates or acts as a partner in over 200 RDI projects yearly. For more information on Turku UAS, 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

Special Features

Turku University of Applied Sciences provides the scholar and his/her family with free housing and working facilities at the University. The scholar will be provided with a monthly grant, round-trip travel, 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.

Application Deadline
Activity Type

Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.

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

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.

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
Approximately 1
Program Staff
Jaclyn Assarian
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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