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Affiliation for the Fulbright: The Simple Formula

How to find, contact, and secure a host affiliation

Do you have an idea of what you want to propose for your Fulbright research, but feel intimidated by finding a host affiliation?

Finding a good host affiliation fit is a critical component of the Fulbright application. The Affiliation Letter shows in-country support for your project and demonstrates that you have the necessary resources and/or network to carry out your project. A strong Affiliation Letter can also be what secures the award.

If you don’t have a large network in the host country, finding an affiliation can be one of the most challenging parts of the Fulbright application. If you’ve never done cold email outreach it can seem daunting: choosing whom to contact, knowing what to say, and anxiously waiting for a response.

This course teaches you how to effectively contact host institutions and secure a strong Affiliation Letter. We will take you through a brainstorming process to identify potential affiliations. We will show you how to write effective cold emails and give you an easy-to-follow template with a high response rate. Finally we will share a sample winning Affiliation Letter that you can use as model.

How this course works

This is a self-paced course that you can take at any time. There are short video lectures, homework assignments and easy-to-follow templates.



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. While teaching, Lauren realized she was skilled at helping undergrads improve their writing and loved being a mentor helping her students figure out the next steps in life. Lauren is an expert proposal developer and has been awarded over $3.5 million in grants, fellowships, and other awards. Lauren currently lives in Mexico City where she oil paints and sings mariachi music.

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.


Course Curriculum


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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 two weeks and we will give you a full refund.
Who is the course for?
This course if for people applying to the Fulbright US Student Program Research Award. This course is not for ETA applicants or awards that do not require an affiliation letter.

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