Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards


Fulbright-University of Turku Scholar Award (All Disciplines)

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Grant Activity

Conduct research and/or teach in any discipline represented at the University of Turku.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the host department, faculty or research program to work together in designing the grant activities. There is generally no teaching from June to August.

NOTE: July and August are traditionally summer vacation months in Finland and responses to inquiries may be delayed. Applicants are advised to contact the Finnish host institution well ahead of time if they have any questions about the grant.

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 will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.
Grant Length
Three to twelve months
Grant Dates

August or September 2020, January 2021, or as otherwise agreed between the grantee 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).


The University of Turku (UTU) is an international research university and an active academic community of nearly 24,000 students and employees from over 100 countries. As one of the leading universities in Finland, the University of Turku offers study and research opportunities in seven faculties and seven independent units – expertise ranging from humanities to natural sciences. The University’s aim and ambition is to provide students with innovative problem solving skills and a high-standard, multidisciplinary education based on the latest research.

The University of Turku is among the TOP 2 % of universities worldwide (QS University World Ranking 2018). The University’s research is diverse and international. The aim is to apply an interdisciplinary approach to research in order to increase its quality and societal effectiveness. The University is part of the international academic community and also participates actively in the development of its region.

Faculties at UTU:

  • Humanities
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Turku School of Economics

In addition, research activities and learning take place at  independent units, e.g. at the Turku Center for Biotechnology and Turku PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Center – both acknowledged worldwide for their quality research.

Research at UTU is profiled through the following thematic collaborations:

  • Biofuture 
  • Digital futures
  • Cultural memory and social change
  • Children, young people and learning
  • Drug development and diagnostics
  • Sea and maritime studies

The University is located in the active university city of Turku (population 317,000 in the urban region). The campus in Turku is located right next to the city center. All the services are near and by bus, bike or foot you get easily from one place to another. Beside Turku, the University also hosts campuses in the charming cities of Pori and Rauma. Turku is Finland’s oldest city, and the first Finnish university was established there in 1640. Quite nearby Turku is the unique nature and archipelago of Southwest Finland.

Located only 150 kilometers west of the capital city of Helsinki, Turku is very well-connected, including daily ferry and air connections to Stockholm, Sweden. Therefore, it serves as an excellent base for exploring Finland and the other Nordic countries. Turku itself also offers a variety of both cultural and sport activities and events as well as opportunities to relax on nature trails or by the seaside.

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred:
American History
American Literature
American Studies
Area Studies
Art History
Biological Sciences
Business Administration
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Environmental Sciences
Film Studies
History (non-U.S.)
Information Sciences
Language and Literature (non-U.S.)
Medical Sciences
Physics and Astronomy
Political Science
Public Administration
Public/Global Health
Religious Studies
Social Work
Special Features

Fulbright Finland 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.

The grantee will also be eligible, free of charge, 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.

Number of Grants
Up to two
Open to all levels of scholars, including early career
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Application Deadline
Monday, September 16, 2019
Program Staff
Aferdita Krasniqi
Outreach and Recruitment Officer

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