Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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7 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The grantee’s Fulbright period in Finland can have one of the following purposes:

  1. to complete a full graduate degree program in Finland*
  2. to take courses in a Finnish university as a non-degree student
  3. to pursue research
  4. to pursue research and take courses

*If you wish to enroll in a full graduate degree program (Master's or Doctoral) in Finland as a degree seeking student, you can use your Fulbright funding for the first year of study. The second or consecutive years of study of the Master’s or Doctoral program need to be funded by other means. Please read on student financing at the Study in Finland website.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grants will begin 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. 

There is a mandatory in-country orientation at the end of August.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Candidates at all degree levels will be considered, and applicants can propose the following in their application: to complete a full graduate degree (MA or PhD), 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 Ph.D. 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.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: 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

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Candidates are responsible for establishing contact and securing an affiliation with a Finnish institution of higher education, research or other acceptable organization. The applicant must attach a letter from the host institution with the Fulbright grant application. The letter of affiliation content requirement varies according to your plans in Finland and the university application schedule. Please see specific letter instructions on the Affiliation section at www.fulbright.fi/en/graduate-studies-and-research/fulbright-us-student-program

Applicants are reminded that they must apply independently for admission to the university, and comply with their application deadlines. 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.

Please see further details on the affiliation letter requirement at the Finnish Fulbright Commission website at www.fulbright.fi/en/graduate-studies-and-research/fulbright-us-student-program

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Please see details on the cost of study in Finland and the university provided scholarships at the Study in Finland website.


Candidates currently residing in Finland are not eligible for consideration.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.