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Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright-University of Vaasa Scholar Award

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

The award is intended for conducting high quality research, but some lecturing at the graduate or doctoral level during the visit is also welcomed. The award can be offered for any field represented by the following four schools or the three multidisciplinary research platforms below. Applicants are encouraged to contact the host schools and the research platforms to plan their grant activities.

The University of Vaasa has four schools for research and teaching:

In addition, the University of Vaasa has three multidisciplinary research platforms, which combine their strong disciplinary knowledge with prevailing global trends, and advance multi-, cross- and inter-disciplinary research: 

  • Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre VEBIC provides international research infrastructure to serve both academic and industrial needs. It brings together know-how from the research and business communities responding to the global needs of efficient energy generation, distribution, and consumption, as well as energy business operations and sustainable societal development. It includes cutting-edge technical laboratories and a program for energy and sustainable development research projects which focuses on the wider business and societal impacts of new energy technologies.
  • Digital Economy focuses on interdisciplinary research on innovations enabled by new technology and digitalization, as well as their impact on individuals, organizations, industry and society.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship InnoLab focuses on open innovations, user innovations, entrepreneurship, and public sector innovation and renewal. Innolab also encourages the application of citizen science, open science and design thinking.

The Fulbright-University of Vaasa Scholar Award is jointly funded by the University of Vaasa and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.

Scholars selected for this award will be required to:
  • Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Award Length
Three to twelve months
Award Dates

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

Through high-quality research and education, the University of Vaasa creates sustainable solutions for the needs of the future. Their community supports individual development and creates the framework for success – today and in the future. They offer high-quality and relevant education in the fields of business, technology, administration and communication. Their multidisciplinary research programmes and strong disciplinary expertise provide an impactful research and learning environment that serves society and brings together business, management and technology experts.

An excellent working environment for research

The University of Vaasa has been awarded the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ logo in recognition of its development work and commitment to the European Commission's principles regarding the implementation of fair and equal opportunity in the recruitment and appraisal procedures for researchers. By endorsing the principles, the University of Vaasa wants to contribute to the development of the European researcher area (ERA) and an open labor market for researchers.

At the university, researchers have access to two laboratories, which are equipped with modern and latest scientific instruments for conducting experiments and constructing models or prototypes.

Technobothnia - Research and development laboratory

Technobothnia is a wide-ranging laboratory unit which serves as a channel of cooperation between educational institutions, enterprises and other research institutes and technology centers in Finland. It has 25 specialized laboratories of different expertise in a total area of approximately 8000 square meters. Some of the laboratories include e.g. the following:

  • Construction Engineering laboratory
  • Energy Technology and Smart Grid laboratory
  • Environmental laboratory
  • Electrical laboratories
  • Infomation Technology laboratories
  • Mechanical Engineering laboratories
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality laboratory

VEBIC laboratories

As VEBIC aims at applied solutions, piloting and testing new concepts are vital in this process. For this purpose, a unique infrastructure has been built up. The fuels, engine, smart grid and PAC laboratories are an essential part of the academic and research activities at the University of Vaasa. Important actors such as manufacturers of engines and power plants, automation companies and electrical engineering enterprises are located in the region and the laboratories allow close collaboration with the university and its research teams.

Inspiring Community

The 5,000 students and 500 employees of the University of Vaasa thrive at their maritime campus located close to the city centre. The University of Vaasa embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities for all staff members. 30 percent of their research and teaching staff come from outside of Finland. The students, researchers and other staff members represent more than 80 different nationalities.

Based on the results of our 2019 occupational wellbeing survey, the strengths of their community were perceived to be the work of supervisors and the university's community spirit in particular. They offer the opportunity to build a successful university career in an international science university.

The University of Vaasa is well positioned to interact actively with the surrounding society – internationally, nationally and regionally.

The university is important to its region, just as the region is important to the university. The university operates at the heart of EnergyVaasa, the leading energy and environmental technology competence center in the Nordic countries. EnergyVaasa includes over 160 companies, several of which are global market leaders and employs over 12,000 experts from over 120 nations. Important partners in the surrounding region also includes the business community and municipalities, other universities and polytechnics, and the university consortiums in Seinäjoki and Kokkola.

In the Vaasa region, beautiful nature and urban city life can be easily combined. Everything in the Vaasa region is close by, and moving from one sort of atmosphere and experience to another is effortless. Vaasa has excellent connections and it is easy to reach. The airport is only 10 minutes from the centre of Vaasa.

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Computer Science
Information Sciences/Systems
Public Administration
Public Health
Special Features

The University of Vaasa 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

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 4
Program Staff
Jaclyn Assarian
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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