Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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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.

Grant Length
Four to five months
Grant Dates

Grants must begin in August/September 2021 or January 2022.


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. See examples of the projects of previous Mid-Career Professional Development program grantees on the Fulbright Finland Foundation website.

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all disciplines
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 grant is meant for professionals in all fields. However, proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact are not eligible.

Special Features

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

Application Deadline
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Professional Project
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Candidate Profile
Number of Grants
Up To 3
Program Staff
Carleen Velez
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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