Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards


Mid-Career Professional Development

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Grant Activity

The aim of the grant is to allow professionals in various fields to take a sabbatical leave of four to five months from normal work duties to pursue further education or training that would enhance their professional development and the field at large. The applicants should be at a point in their careers when maximum benefit will ensue from this period of professional enrichment. The focus of the grant cannot be aimed at academic research or lecturing projects.

The applicant should create a project that may include studies, practical experience in actual operations, visits to organizations in the applicant's professional field, public lectures or other appropriate professional experiences. The applicant's project plan should include a concrete description of the planned activities during the grant period as well as the expected benefits for completing the project for the applicant and his/her professional field.

Please note that the MCPD awards, which are unique to Finland, use the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar application form. However, the MCPD award is not meant for academic research.

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
Four to five months
Grant Dates

Grants must begin in August/September 2020 or January 2021.


Applicants must arrange affiliation and include a letter of invitation from the host institution in Finland. Possible affiliations include government organizations, universities, museums, art institutions, nonprofits and private businesses, among others.

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines

The grant is meant for professionals in all fields. However, proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact are not eligible. Please note that the MCPD grant cannot be used for academic research.

Special Features

The candidate is responsible for arranging the housing required for his/her stay.

Number of Grants
Up to four
Professional Project
Open to all levels of scholars, including early career
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Application Deadline
Program Staff
Aferdita Krasniqi
Outreach and Recruitment Officer

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