Finnish professionals continue to have an opportunity for networking at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. The scholarship program for Finnish scholars, launched with the support of Finnish foundations at the Wilson Center in 2013, has been extended with further funding for years 2017–2019 from The Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation, Helsingin Sanomat Foundation, Saara and Björn Wahlroos Foundation and the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., established by the U.S. Congress in 1968, is a nonpartisan research center, think tank and open forum for dialogue, and provides scholars with a chance to deepen their knowledge and skills, exchange ideas and make valuable contacts.
The Wilson Center program for Finnish scholars includes a 3–6-month period at the center, as well as organizing the Ahtisaari Symposium series on European security issues. The program is coordinated in Finland by professor Henrik Meinander from the University of Helsinki.
The application period for the scholarship program is in February 2017. Finnish professionals working in key positions in the public policy, business, cultural or media sectors or as researchers in these fields are eligible to apply.