ARC Grant

The ARC Grant 2018 application period has been extended to December 21, 2018.

The American Resource Center’s annual scholarship provides a grant to students of Finnish nationality, enrolled at a Finnish university, who are currently working on a Master’s Thesis on a United States related topic. We welcome applications from all fields of study. The grant is intended to help the student to complete his/her Master’s Thesis.

To apply, please fill in the application form (PDF, 246 KB) and send or e-mail it with the required attachments to the American Resource Center. The winner will be announced at the end of January 2019.

ARC Grant Recipients

ARC Grant 2017 winners with Assistant Public Affairs Officer Ethan Tabor (© State Dept.)

The U.S. Embassy Finland hosted the winners of the 2017 American Resource Center (ARC) Grant 2017 at a ceremony in the Embassy’s Innovation Center on May 21, 2018. The U.S. Embassy awarded a record number of four ARC Grants this year due to the exceptionally high quality of applications last fall.

Ms. Emilia Lehtonen, a student at the University of Helsinki, was awarded for her Master’s Thesis “Transfer of Business to the USA and its Tax Implications – The Private Equity Fund’s Perspective.”

Mr. Tuomas Lieskivi, a student at the University of Turku, was awarded for his Master’s Thesis “Made in America – America-related Representations and Author-positions in Articles of Suomen Kuvalehti in 2016.”

Ms. Tinja Nieminen, a student at the University of Jyväskylä, was awarded for her Master’s Thesis “The Feminist Voice of Hip-hop? – Negotiating Alternative Identities in Contemporary American Hip-hop.”

Mr. Ilmari Reunamäki, a student at the University of Tampere, was awarded for his Master’s Thesis “The Mentality of an American Civil War Soldier in the Wartime Letters.”

More images of the ceremony are available at the ARC’s Flickr album.

Since 2006, the ARC has managed this grant program for Finnish university students, who are working on a Master’s thesis concentrating on the United States. So far, 22 students have received the award.

ARC Grant 2016 winners: Anni Öberg (left); Assistant Public Affairs Officer Jeanie Duwan; Sara Saramäki; and Riikka Olkinuora. (© State Dept.)

Assistant Public Affairs Officer Jeanie Duwan had the pleasure of congratulating the ARC Grant 2016 winners at the Kaisa library on May 11, 2017.

Ms. Riikka Olkinuora, a student at the University of Helsinki, was awarded for her Master’s Thesis “The Changing Role of the Teacher in 21st Century Education: A Case Study on Teacher Interventions in a FUSE Studio Makerspace” (working title.) Ms. Anni Öberg, also a student at the University of Helsinki, was awarded for her Master’s Thesis “Bannack Ghost Town: A Colorless Reflection of America’s Western Past” (working title.)

In addition, a special Finland Centennial Mention Award went to Sara Saramäki, a student at the University of Helsinki, for her Master’s Thesis “American Parties’ Policies towards Europe in the Post-Cold War Era – A Comparative Analysis of the Democratic and Republican Party Platforms” (working title.)

More images of the ceremony are available at the ARC’s Flickr album.

The American Resource Center has been running its successful grant program for Finnish university students who are working on their Master’s thesis that concentrates on the United States since 2006. So far, 18 students have received the award.

A man and a woman pose together

American Resource Center Grant 2015 awardees were celebrated at the ARC 70th Anniversary Seminar at the Helsinki University Kaisa Library on May 19, 2016. We were proud to present certificates to the 2015 ARC Grant winners Juuso Koskinen and Evelina Salo. Mr. Koskinen studies at Turku University, and the working title of his Master’s Thesis is “Anchor for Neutrality – United States Role in Finnish Foreign Policy 1980-1990.” Ms. Salo studies at Åbo Akademi University and the working title of her Master’s Thesis is “’I am in Here: David Foster Wallace’s Investigation of Mind and Self.”  Congratulations!

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the ARC Grant program. So far 15 Finnish students have received a scholarship from the ARC. The next application period will start in September 2016.

ARC Grant 2014 winners with Chargé d’Affaires (© State Dept.)

American Resource Center Grant 2014 awardees were celebrated on May 7 at the Helsinki University Kaisa Library. Scholarships were presented to Ms. Anna Wennäkoski and Mr. Joonas Tuhkuri. Anna Wennäkoski prepares her thesis to Hanken School of Economics and the title of her thesis is “Examining the Undisclosed – A Comparative Analysis of the Protection of Trade Secrets in the European Union and in the United States.” Joonas Tuhkuri is finalizing his studies at the Department of  Political and Economic Studies at the University of Helsinki and the title of his thesis is “Big Data: Do Google Searches Predict Unemployment?”

A total of 14 applications were submitted for the ARC Grant 2014. The competition was nationwide – students from six universities across Finland submitted their applications, and it attracted interest from a wide variety of academic programs. The applications covered a wide variety of subject matters including political science, cultural history, the English language, and social science.

The winners for the ARC Grant 2014 were chosen by Mr. Jeff Reneau, Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs (U.S. Embassy), Ms. Jeanie Duwan, Assistant Public Affairs Officer (U.S. Embassy), and Ms. Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center.

The ARC Grant program has awarded students working with their Masters since 2006, and the next application period will start in September 2015.

Public Affairs Officer Jeffrey Reneau and Executive Director of Fulbright Center Terhi Mölsä presented the annual American Resource Center award of 1,000 Euros to Panu Kontkanen on April 16. The ARC grant was established in 2006 and it is applicable to Finnish university students, who are currently working on a Master’s Thesis on a United States related topic. The ceremony was an excellent start to the last lecture in series of “Windows to Iconic America” for both the winning thesis and the topic of the lecture covered the themes on religious traditions of Native Americans and especially the sweat lodge tradition.

A man presents a certificate to a woman

Ms. Suvi Karila of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Turku has been selected as the winner of the 2012 ARC Scholarship. The title of her Master’s Thesis is “Atheism and Human Rights in the Philosophy of Ernestine L. Rose (1810-1892).”

A total of 16 applications were submitted for the 2012 ARC grant of 1000 Euros. The selection committee was captivated by the originality, diversity, and the academic quality of the topics and applications.  The competition was nationwide – students from seven universities across Finland submitted their applications, and it attracted interest from a wide variety of academic programs. The applications covered a wide variety of subject matters including history, the English language, law, political science, North American studies, literature, cultural history and church history.

After lengthy deliberations, the committee members – Mr. David McGuire, Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs (U.S. Embassy), Ms. Amy Hirsch, Assistant Public Affairs Officer (U.S. Embassy), and Ms. Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center, selected Suvi Karila as this year’s winner.

ARC Grant winner with Public Affairs Officer (© State Dept.)

The ARC Grant 2011 was awarded to Ms. Paula Siltanen on March 8 in Tampere.  Public Affairs Officer Marjut Robinson presented the certificate and congratulated the winner on her achievement. Paula Siltanen studies at the Department of Political Science of the University of Tampere, and the title of her winning Master’s Thesis is “The concept of otherness / alterity in the foreign policy rhetorics of President Barack Obama.”

The American Resource Center announced the competition in September 2011, and a total of 24 applications were submitted for the 2011 ARC grant of 1,000 Euros.  The selection committee – Ms. Marjut Robinson, Mr. David McGuire, Press Attaché (U.S. Embassy), and Ms. Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center, praised the high quality of the submissions.  The applications were received from the universities of Oulu, Vaasa, Jyväskylä, Tampere, Turku, Helsinki, Åbo Akademi and Eastern Finland. The applications covered many subject areas, e.g. journalism, comparative religion, social research, political science, history, the English language, education, North American studies, and international relations.

The ARC Grant ceremony took place as a part of the America in Living Color Seminar co-organized by the North American Program at the University of Tampere and the Fulbright Center.

ARC Grant 2010 winner and Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs (© State Dept.)

The U.S. Embassy’s Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs Marjut Robinson announced the 2010 award recipient of the American Resource Center grant in the America in Living Color Seminar in Tampere on March 11.

The American Resource Center grant was established in 2006 to celebrate the library’s 60th anniversary. This year’s winner, Janniina Elo, is the 8th Finnish graduate student to receive the grant, which is intended to help the student finish a master’s thesis. Ms. Elo is currently enrolled at the Department of Early Childhood Education of the University of Tampere, and her Master’s thesis is titled “Parents Perceptions about Quality of Early Childhood Education and Care in the United States and Finland Helsinki.”

The ARC announced the competition in September 2010, and a total of 30 applications were submitted for the 2010 ARC grant of 1000 Euros.  The selection committee of three members—Ms. Marjut Robinson, Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs (U.S. Embassy), Mr. David McGuire, Public Affairs Officer (U.S. Embassy), and Ms. Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center—selected the winner. The committee members were very pleased with the high quality of the applications.  The members also noted with satisfaction that submissions were received from nine different universities throughout Finland on such diverse topics as sociology, forest ecology, political science, pharmacy, history, the English language, sociology, and journalism and communications.

The ARC Grant ceremony took place as a part of the America in Living Color Seminar co-organized by the North American Program at the University of Tampere and the Fulbright Center. Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs Marjut Robinson delivered Embassy’s greetings to the seminar participants and presented the award certificate to the scholarship winner.

ARC Grant 2009 Winner (© State Dept.)

Mr. Tuomas Koskenniemi  from the University of Helsinki has been selected as the winner of the 2009 ARC Scholarship with his Master’s thesis entitled “We Are All Georgians, Aren’t We? The Neoconservative Reaction to the Russia-Georgia War.”

The American Resource Center announced the competition in September 2009 and a total of 18 applications were submitted for the 2009 ARC grant of 1000 Euros.  The Jury praised the excellence of the submissions and noted that the academic quality and originality made it very difficult to select one winner from the entire group.  Jurors noted that this year’s applications came from throughout Finland and covered such diverse subject areas as theology, political science, automation and systems technology, history, the English language, sociology, North American studies, international relations, and communications.

The jury members, Ms. Nicole Conn, Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs (U.S. Embassy), Mr. Michael Butler, Deputy Chief of Mission (U.S. Embassy), and Ms. Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center, selected Tuomas Koskenniemi as this year’s winner.  Mr. Koskenniemi presented his research plan profoundly and clearly, and he convinced the jury about his capability to conduct this truly interesting and challenging research project.

Liisa Matikkala from the University of Oulu has been selected as the winner of the 2008 ARC Scholarship with her Master’s thesis titled “Asset or Liability? The Image of Sarah Palin in the Media.”

A total of 16 applications were submitted for the 2008 ARC grant of 1000 Euros. The jury was truly impressed by the originality, diversity, and the academic quality of the topics and applications.  The competition was nationwide – students from five university cities and towns across Finland submitted their applications — four applications came from the University of Helsinki, the University of Turku, and the University of Jyväskylä; and one from the University of Oulu, the University of Tampere, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the Åbo Akademi. The applications covered a wide variety of subject matters including history, the English language, law, political science, North American studies, international relations, ethnology, and economics.

The jury members, Ms. Nicole Conn, Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs (U.S. Embassy), Mr. Kimberly Hargan, Assistant Public Affairs Officer (U.S. Embassy), and Ms. Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center, selected Liisa Matikkala as this year’s winner.  Due to the high standard of the applications, the jury also decided to award another scholarship of 500 Euros to Ms. Saara Kekki.  She is a student of the Renvall Institute at the University of Helsinki.  Her Master’s thesis will be on “Japanese-American Internment – Spectacularization, Americanization, and the Model Minority Myth.”

A man presents a certificate to a young woman

Susanne Setälä from the Department of English at Turku University received the American Resource Center grant on February 20th. The annual grant is intended for students of Finnish nationality, enrolled at a Finnish university, who are working on a Master’s thesis on a topic related to the United States. The grant was established in 2006 to celebrate the ARC’s 60th anniversary.

Susanne Setälä’s Master’s thesis deals with African-American poet Lucille Clifton. Its working title is A Poet of Her Own Faith – Lucille Clifton and the Remaking of Christianity. The scholarship ceremony was arranged as part of the African American History Month, which is celebrated in February.

14 applications for the ARC grant were received by the closing date September 30, 2006, and the jury was impressed and delighted by the originality, diversity, and the high quality of the topics and applications. The first prize 1,000 € scholarship was awarded to Ms. Anni Sams from the Department of Sociology at Helsinki University with a Master’s thesis working title of Transnationalism, Global and Local Economies, and Cultures of Nationality Among the Cuban Immigrants in Miami. Additional 500 € scholarships were awarded to Ms. Petra Helenius from the North American Studies Program at Helsinki University with a Master’s thesis working title of Get Onboard to Underground Railroad, from Southern Louisiana up to Canada – Midwestern Route and its Importance in 1830’s – 1860’s and Mr. Pekka Jääskeläinen from the Department of English at Helsinki University with a Master’s thesis working title of Culture-Bound Problems in Translating Religious Aspects of “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” into Finnish.