The Fulbright Finland Foundation partners with the University of Helsinki to provide the Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award. This prestigious award is available to U.S., Finnish, and international students who have been accepted into the University’s International Master’s Degree Programs.

The University offers a range of International Master’s Degree Programs that are taught in English. These programs may be conducted in collaboration with other Finnish or foreign universities. Students enrolled in these comprehensive two-year programs will experience a truly global educational atmosphere, surrounded by a diverse community of students from Finland and various parts of the world.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): Fulbright-University of Helsinki

Host Institution(s): University of Helsinki, Finland

Scholarship Worth: Fully-funded

Number of Awards: Several

Study Level: Masters

Nationality: Domestic & International Students


The University of Helsinki is the leading research university in Finland and consistently ranks among the top 20 universities in Europe. The University offers a multi-disciplinary and international study environment and the services and infrastructure, including libraries, laboratories and computer environments, are world-class.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award for International Students, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Applicants must be enrolled in a full Master’s Degree Program at the University of Helsinki.


The Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award provides the following benefits:

  1. A monthly grant of EUR 1,000, paid for nine months.
  2. A travel award of USD 1,600.
  3. Allowance for residence permit fees, including the grantee and accompanying family members, funded by the Foundation.
  4. A supplemental accident and sickness benefit (ASPE).

As per the agreement with the Fulbright Finland Foundation, the University of Helsinki offers a full tuition scholarship (ranging from EUR 13,000 to 18,000, depending on the program) to recipients of the Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award. This scholarship is also granted for the second year of Master’s studies, provided that the grantee has achieved academic success in the first year.

Additionally, the grantee will have the opportunity to participate, free of charge, in a Fulbright Finland Foundation pre-approved summer school in Finland. The summer school offers courses in Finnish language, culture, and society, subject to availability.

There is also an opportunity to apply for additional funding from the Lois Roth Foundation, which can be done after arrival in Finland.

Grantees of the Fulbright Finland Foundation programs are provided with access to an alumni network and activities. The University of Helsinki alumni network, Helsinki Alumni, invites all Fulbright grantees and scholars to join and benefit from network activities during their stay at the university. Membership in the network is cost-free. The activities of the UH USA Alumni and Friends network are also open to those considering applying to become University of Helsinki Fulbright grantees.

Application Procedures:

The application process for the Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award involves two steps: participating in the Fulbright grant competition and applying for admission to the university.

To begin, carefully review the comprehensive application information provided for Finland. The final selection of recipients is carried out by the Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki.

Applicants must also complete the university’s admission process. Typically, the application period for the University of Helsinki and its International Master’s Degree Programs commences in November.

Please note that the specific application deadline is not specified at this time. It is advisable to stay updated with the official information and announcements regarding application deadlines.

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