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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:

  • to complete a full graduate degree program in Finland*
  • to take courses in a Finnish university as a non-degree student
  • to pursue research
  • to pursue research and take courses

*Fulbright grant (monthly allowance) is awarded for one academic year.  However, in many cases Fulbright grant includes a full tuition waiver for the full Master's degree (2 years).  Doctoral studies are tuition-free in Finland.  Please see further information on the Fulbright benefits on the Finnish Fulbright Commission's website and cost of study in Finland 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

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

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

Karoliina Kokko