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Tips: Developing a Project & Establishing a Host Affiliation
by Valerie Hymas, Europe & Eurasia Program Manager
1. Applicants must carefully read the criteria for
host affiliation requirements in the summary for the country to which they are
applying.† Countries differ in the
kinds of host affiliations that are acceptable. Some countries will place the
Fulbrighters while others leave the responsibility for securing host
affiliation entirely up to the grantee.†
Others will work somewhere in between expecting the grantee to
identify a host affiliation and make initial contact, but will then help
to formalize the affiliation after the grant is awarded.† Make sure you know what is expected of you
as an applicant, and what kind of host is allowed for your country.
2. In countries where it is up to the grantee to find
and secure affiliations IIE cannot provide a list of past hosts.† Past Fulbrighters have used a number of ways
to contact hosts and solicit support for their projects. One main way is to use
the contacts and advisers that you already have. Ask if one of your current
professors can help to put you into contact with a professor at a university
overseas. Other than that, some committed research and perseverance will aid
you in finding a host affiliation.† Once
you find a possible host make contact by sending an introductory letter or
email.† Keep in mind that many schools
are closed during the summer months so you may want to begin early, or heat up
your search in the early fall.
3. Candidates considering completing a degree program
must make sure that the country they are applying to will accept such a project.† Some countries do not recommend that
applicants apply to do a degree program for a number of reasons. One may be
because it is not possible to complete a degree in one academic year.† Another can be because the tuition fees
that a degree candidate would be charged would not be covered by the Fulbright
grant.† Applicants should review the
country summaries for the country(s) of their choice to determine if there is
any restriction to applying to complete a degree program. If you apply for a degree program to a
country that does not offer tuition funding and the tuition fees are not part of the
Fulbright funding package, then these costs must be covered from an
alternative source.† Again, please check
the country summaries for more information.
country that prefers proposals from applicants proposing to complete degree
programs and pays full tuition for the first academic year is the United
Kingdom.† This is one reason why the
competition to the UK is so fierce.
If your plan is to complete a masters degree or
other structured degree program make sure that you apply for admission to the
host university by their deadline.† Do
not wait for the Fulbright decision to come through or you may be too late in
gaining admission into your chosen university.
4. If you are applying for admission into a
study/masters program then you do not need to submit the letter of admission
with the application. You can submit the acceptance letter whenever you receive
it, but an award offer would be contingent upon you receiving placement at a
university. However, if you are not planning to matriculate at a
university then a support/affiliation should be included with your
application.†† Any documentation of
support that you can obtain from a potential host will help to make your
application more competitive. The letter will also demonstrate that your
project proposal is feasible, as it will show that you have in-country
support. Even if you are applying to do a structured degree program,
obtaining a letter of support from a faculty member at the host university will
compliment your application.
5. There are no specific requirements for the letter
of support. Every affiliation relationship will be different depending upon the
candidateís project.† In general,
letters of support on institutional letterhead sent with the application are
preferred.† The letters should state how
the supervisor/host institution will help the applicant to facilitate the
project (i.e.,what resources will be offered, what kind of supervision will be
given,etc).† Some applicants propose to
do independent research so these letters of support are more crucial to
establishing the feasibility of a project.†
Other applicants propose study projects so letters of support are really
a complement to the overall application,but attest to feasibility.
Therefore, you should try to get a letter of support that is as detailed
as possible, but ultimately it is up to your host affiliation as to the level/kind
of support that they wish to offer you.
6. Unfortunately, IIE cannot ask more than one
screening committee to review applications from applicants proposing
multi-disciplinary projects in more than one field.† Almost all creative/performing arts projects involve some kind of
study or research as well as practical training.† Therefore, you need to decide what the primary focus of your
project is and choose that field when submitting your application.† Keep in mind that creative/performing
artists must also submit supplementary materials in addition to the written
application. Therefore, if you do not feel that your work to date in the arts
is of the best quality you may want to apply using an academic field of study
to have your application reviewed in the best light possible.
7. Applicants submitting multi-country proposals must
have a very good justification for putting forward such a project.† Keep in mind that you are doubling or
tripling the work involved with securing host institution affiliation not to
mention obtaining visas and finding housing,etc.† Also, multi-country proposals that are recommended by IIE must be
approved by each of the relevant host countries before they can be
granted.† If one country says no then
your project is no longer feasible. Generally, you will be given the option
to revise the proposal for the remaining countries that approve of your
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