When is an institutional affiliation necessary?
English Teaching Assistants do not need an institutional affiliation because their placement in Brazil is determined by Fulbright.
All other applicants must demonstrate affiliation with a Brazilian institution during the application process. Fulbright may help identify possible partners. Intermediate Portuguese language skills are required, but may be replaced by proficient Spanish.
It is important to arrange institutional affiliations prior to arriving in Brazil to conduct research or a program of study. Below are some steps to initiate the search for an institutional affiliation.
How to find and contact institutions and scholars in Brazil?
Here you will find contact information for past Fulbright scholars;
Search the Lattes database for potential research partners or advisors. Lattes is a database that includes over one million CVs of Brazilian researchers in the areas of Science and Technology. There is a vast amount of information within Lattes, so be sure to have specific search criteria; otherwise, you may feel overwhelmed. (Most CVs posted on Lattes are in Portuguese, so this is also a good way to sharpen your language skills!);
Explore the 2,900+ graduate programs listed on the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) website;
Here you will find a more advanced research engine that allows you to find graduate programs in Brazil and their corresponding CAPES evaluation. This is a good resource for applicants with strong Portuguese language skills.