We urge you to take the initiative and establish contact with a suitable U.S. iversity prior to submitting your Fulbright application since one of the most important components of the Fulbright Scholar Program is an adequate affiliation at a U.S. university or research institution.

In your search of a suitable host university please feel free to contact former and current U.S. Fulbright Program participants who teach at American universities and can help you identify a prospective host institution in the U.S.A.

•To establish contact please visit a webpage of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars at When the page opens, you will see in the left hand column the titles REQUEST INFORMATION; CONTACT US; FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR LIST. Click on the title FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR LIST to open the page you need. Information on U.S. Fulbright scholars is arranged according to academic disciplines and U.S. universities geographic distribution. This will help you identify several American professors whose area of study and professional interests are close enough to the topic of your Fulbright proposal. Once you have found out the name of the U.S. university where this professor teaches you will be able to find his/her contact information on the selected university webpage.

•In your first letter to a U.S. Fulbright scholar please make sure to be as laconic as possible. Do not attach any files to your note. Include information on your current position and home institution, describe the topic of your current research and the research that you are planning to conduct in the U.S.A. Ask for a recommendation on a prospective host institution for
your Fulbright grant.

It is best to contact several people in several universities to ensure better chances of getting a reply. It may make sense to send your letter twice at short intervals to one and the same person to make certain that your letter has been received.


 In many cases, applicants are in contact with colleagues at U.S. institutions and have made preliminary plans for their own placements by securing a letter of invitation from the prospective host institution. However, if you are unable to make these preliminary contacts, you are strongly encouraged to identify three institutions that have appropriate facilities for the kind of project you wish to undertake and faculty members specializing in your research interests. Please indicate the rationale for your preferences.

 When determining which institutions to include on your preferred list, do not limit yourself to only large research institutes and the most well-known U.S. universities. Consider listing other institutions such as community colleges, regional universities or Minority-Serving Institutions (which include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions and Tribal Colleges and Universities). These institutions are often engaged in many dynamic areas of teaching and research. Though many U.S. institutions may not have an international reputation, they often do have appropriate facilities for scholars to conduct research. Scholars placed in these smaller and less well-known institutions often are given greater attention than their colleagues who are affiliated with larger and more well-known universities.

 If you have studied previously in the United States, you should avoid seeking affiliation at your U.S. alma mater. This is to ensure that you expand your contacts within the U.S. academic community.

 The task of affiliation is substantially facilitated if you have a project that is clearly defined and well written, as prospective host institutions also want to be assured that you can conduct research in English.

The Fulbright Program in Russia. Institute of International Education.
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