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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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.

Artist

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 7-years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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. 

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U.S. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

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

Finland

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1 Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Grant Period
9 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The award is offered to pursue an International Master’s Degree Program at the University of Helsinki.

The Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award includes:

  • a monthly grant (EUR 1 000) for 9 months
  • a travel award (USD 1 600)
  • a full tuition scholarship*
  • Fulbright Finland pre-approved summer school

*Based on the agreement with the Fulbright Finland Foundation, University of Helsinki awards a scholarship for the recipients of the Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award to cover the annual tuition fee. The tuition scholarship is granted also for the second year of master’s studies provided that the grantee has been successful in his/her studies during the first year. 

Please see further information on the Fulbright benefits on the Finnish Fulbright Commission's website.

Grant Period

9 Months

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.

The grantee will be eligible, free of charge, to participate in a Fulbright Finland Foundation pre-approved summer school in Finland consisting of courses on Finnish language, culture and society, pending availability of suitable programs.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Mandatory

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

Candidate Profile

The award competition is open to U.S. students who hold minimum bachelor’s degree. Academically talented graduating seniors may also apply before having the degree in hand. The grant is aimed at students who wish to complete a full master’s degree at the University of Helsinki.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

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: No

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes

Affiliation

Candidates are responsible for establishing contact and securing an affiliation with the University of Helsinki and are required to apply independently for admission to the university and comply with their application deadlines. It is required that the candidate submits evidence of secured affiliation with their grant application except in a situation where the candidate is applying to a degree program and the university admission decisions are made after the Fulbright deadline. 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 instructions on the letter of affiliation for degree seeking students at the Finnish Fulbright Commission website.

Please see more information on academic programs and courses at the University of Helsinki website.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

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

Ineligibility

Candidates currently residing in Finland are not eligible for consideration.

Special Application Instructions

In the Fulbright online application, for Award Name, please select Univ of Helsinki from the drop-down menu to be considered for this award.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

https://www.fulbright.fi/Helsinki-graduate

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Karoliina Kokko