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Fulbright 101

A Quick-Start Guide to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Are you unsure if the Fulbright is right for you or overwhelmed by all the information online? In 30-minutes, you will have a complete overview of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program application process and will:

1) Feel confident in your decision to apply or not

2) Know what you need to get started on the application

3) Have a timeline & roadmap for completing the application

4) Have access to additional resources for submitting a strong application

Taught by Fulbright Grantees & expert Fulbright coaches, this course provides guidance on:

  • Finding a host country that’s a great fit for your interests
  • Defining a project
  • Getting affiliation letters
  • Getting recommendation letters



Your Instructors


Lauren Valdez

Lauren Valdez was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil in 2011, where she researched the health conditions in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Her experience in Brazil led her to pursue a dual Masters in City Planning and Public Health from UC Berkeley, where Lauren taught for 3 years on the ethics and methods of international development. Since then Lauren has been awarded over $3.5 million in grants, fellowships, or other awards and developed or managed numerous nonprofit programs. Currently Lauren manages a national nonprofit program awarding $20 million in grant funding.

Adriana Valencia

Adriana Valencia's first Fulbright was a Fulbright-IIE to Egypt in 1997-98, where she studied Arabic language and literature. She later had a Fulbright-Hays to Spain, Morocco, and France for her dissertation research. She has a PhD in architecture from UC Berkeley. She also has a Masters from UC Berkeley and a BA from Emory University, both in Near Eastern Studies. Other fellowships she’s won have been a Jacob K. Javits, Andrew W. Mellon, and the SSRC IDRF (Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship) and CAORC (Council of American Overseas Research Centers) multi-country research fellowships. She speaks eight languages (not all of them well), likes bicycle riding, traveling, and especially traveling by bicycle. Whenever the weather’s hot enough, she makes gazpacho.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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