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Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright-VTT (VTT Technical Research Center of Finland) Award in Science, Technology and Innovation

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

The Fulbright Finland Foundation and VTT Technical Research Center of Finland offer a unique opportunity for international research collaboration on a broad range of current issues in science, technology and innovation. The scholar will undertake research at VTT. The research project funded by the Fulbright-VTT Award can be based on either current VTT projects or the researcher can propose a project of their own.

VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. They drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. They go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact VTT for more information and to work together in designing the grant activities. Please check VTT’s publication database before contacting VTT to find the research most closely linked to your research interest.

The Fulbright-VTT Award in Science, Technology and Innovation is jointly funded by the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland and the Fulbright Finland Foundation (the Finnish Fulbright Commission).

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

Preferrable start dates of August 2022 or January 2023.


VTT has office locations throughout the country.

VTT’s largest presence is in Otaniemi, Helsinki Metropolitan Area. It is known as a center for technology industry, research and education. Other major office locations include OuluJyväskylä and Tampere. Read more about Helsinki at My Helsinki and more about Espoo at Visit Espoo.

Flex Option
Flex Description

Flex is designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country. This option allows grants to be conducted over short segments, during the fall and/or spring semesters. Interested applicants should clearly indicate plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline. Flex grantees may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host-country academic community.

Flex grant parameters:

  • Minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months;
  • Minimum length for any grant segment is two months and the maximum is three months;
  • Two grant segments may be spread over two consecutive years.
Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Computer Science
Environmental Sciences
Information Sciences/Systems
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.

The current focus areas of VTT’s research portfolio are:

  • Silicon photonics
  • Hyperspectral technologies
  • Printed electronics and diagnostics
  • Quantum technologies
  • AI
  • Control and connectivity of industrial systems
  • Nano satellite technology
  • Excellence to integrate Energy/ Built environments + ICT
  • Smart grids (combined understanding of energy systems and ICT (power electronics, data analytics)
  • Electrification of traffic
  • Advanced Robotics
  • Systemic design & modeling
  • Application-driven data-analytics
  • Autonomous Systems, Autonomous Vehicles
  • Holistic Smart City integration
  • Virtual reality technologies
  • Metabolic engineering
  • New plastic economy
  • Biobased electronics and other novel applications of cellulose
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) not 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.


Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.

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 5
Program Staff
Jaclyn Assarian
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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