4 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodAugust Start
Grant Length9 Months
Up to 4 awards are available for students in all fields (with some restrictions for those in medical studies).
The Award includes:
- a monthly grant (EUR 1 200) for 9 months
- a travel award (USD 1 600)
- residence permit allowance (included for accompanying family members as well)
Please see further information on the benefits on the Finnish Fulbright Commission's website.
Please note that tuition fees in Finland apply to students from outside the EU/EEA area in a bachelor’s and master’s level programs which are taught in English. However, tuition is not charged for doctoral studies or degree courses offered in Finnish or Swedish.
Grant term begins in early September. In exceptional circumstances, the Fulbright Commission may consider beginning the grant period later in the year. If this is your preference, please indicate it explicitly in your application.
Candidates at all degree levels will be considered, and applicants can propose the following in their application: to complete a full graduate degree (Masters or Doctoral), to take courses in a Finnish university as a non-degree seeking student, to pursue research in Finland, or to pursue a combination of research and course work.
Current Doctoral candidates coming to conduct their doctoral research in Finland or students seeking to complete a full graduate degree program in Finland may be given preference.
Please see further information on the Finnish Fulbright Commission's website.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Finnish or Swedish language proficiency is not required unless it is needed to successfully complete the project / study plan. Applicants do not necessarily need Finnish or Swedish in order to be able to study in Finland. Finnish universities have a wide selection of programs and courses taught in English.
English is widely spoken in academic circles and in the country as a whole. Candidates should consult the academic department as to the availability of courses and programs in English, as well as the possibility of successfully conducting research in English. Some study of local languages prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Letter of acceptance required prior to grant start
Candidates are responsible for establishing contact and securing an affiliation with a Finnish institution of higher education, research or other acceptable organization and are required to apply independently for admission to the university and comply with their application deadlines.
Submit the "Commitment to Host a Fulbright Research Student" form with the Fulbright grant application. The form needs to be filled in and signed by your host.
Attach your university acceptance letter in your Fulbright Application if you have received it already. However, if you don't have the university admission letter by the Fulbright application deadline due to the university application schedule, explain this situation and the university application schedule clearly in your Fulbright application and submit the university application as soon as the university application period opens.
Please see specific instructions on the Finnish Fulbright Commission website.
Please see more specific affiliation instructions on the Affiliation section at the Finnish Fulbright Commission website.
University admission guidelines can be found at the university websites or by contacting the International Coordinator at the school or department to which you wish to apply.
Grantees are responsible for arranging their own housing for the grant term. They are provided tips and support during the process.