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Fulbright-University of Turku Scholar Award (All Disciplines)

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Grant Activity

The grant is meant for conducting research and/or lecturing in any field represented in the seven faculties and five independent units at the University of Turku.

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. Moreover, Faculty of Humanities hosts the national John Morton Center.

The grant can be awarded for any field represented at the University of Turku.

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

Applicants are encouraged to contact the host department, faculty or research program to work together in designing the grant activities.

Grant Length
Three to twelve months
Grant Dates

August or September 2021, January 2022, 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). There is generally no teaching from June to August.


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 five independent units in three campuses Turku, Pori and Rauma; 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 high-quality research.

Research at UTU is profiled through the following thematic collaborations:

  • Natural diversity and sustainability 
  • Future technologies and digital world
  • Cultural memory and social change
  • Children, young people and learning
  • Health, drug development and diagnostics
  • Sea and maritime studies

The Turku Campus of the University of Turku is located close to the city center and the Aura river nearby the other higher education institutions, Turku Science Park companies, and the Turku University Hospital. The campus area extends from Turku Cathedral all the way to the Kupittaa railway station. All the important services for students, personnel, and visitors alike are found close to the campus. Getting around everywhere is handy either by walking, cycling, or by the Föli city buses.

The joint goal of the higher education institutions of Turku and the City of Turku is to be Finland's best student city! Active student life, easy and well-functioning public transport, and affordable housing are Turku's great assets. As many as 99% of the city's students of higher education institutions recommend Turku as a student city to their friends. The University of Turku is the most international university in Finland (THE Rankings 2016). Thanks to the outstanding services, compact campus and active academic community, international scholars and students feel at home from the very beginning of their stay.

The University of Turku is among the TOP 1 % 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.

    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 disciplines
    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
    Up To 2
    Program Staff
    Carleen Velez
    Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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