COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


The Fulbright Program Team is closely monitoring the progression of COVID-19 (also known as the Coronavirus) in the United States and around the world, and taking all necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of our participants and staff. We are working closely with partner governments, Fulbright Commissions, U.S. Embassies, Fulbright cooperating agencies, and U.S. and foreign host institutions to provide guidance and information to our exchange participants.

U.S. Students

March 2022 - In planning for and implementing the resumption of in-person exchanges for U.S. participants, the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Program continue to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of participants and host communities. Fulbright is a global program and has tailored its plans on a country-by-country basis to resume in-person exchanges for U.S. participants beginning January 1, 2021. The decision to allow in-person exchanges to resume is based on the operating status of the host institutions, the administrative resources in place at the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission to support participants while on their program, the availability of international travel and visa services, and the capacity of local facilities to protect public health.

Many countries have begun to welcome U.S. Student Fulbright participants, and we are working closely with those traveling abroad to ensure their safety.

 


2020-21 U.S. Student Finalists

Those selected for a 2020-2021 award received communication from the Institute of International Education (IIE) or the Fulbright Commission about resuming in-person exchanges in their host country, and many have begun their grants. If the country is open to accepting U.S. Students, those individuals are expected to begin their grants by June 1, 2022. Any selectee who has additional questions about the status of their country’s reopening plans should contact their program advisor


2021-22 U.S. Student Finalists

Those selected for 2021-2022 award received information from IIE and Fulbright Commissions about the country plans and their grants for the 2021-2022 year, and many have begun their grants. If the country is open to accepting U.S. Students, those individuals are expected to begin their grants by June 1, 2022. Please note that per Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board policy, grants may not be postponed or deferred to a subsequent academic year. If selected candidates are unable to accept or begin their grants in the 2021-2022 academic year, they may reapply the following academic year without prejudice.


2022-23 U.S. Student Finalists

U.S. Student selections are underway per the program timeline. Those selected for grants will hear more details from IIE and the Fulbright Commissions in the coming months. Any applicants with questions can reach out to the relevant https://us.fulbrightonline.org/contact-us.


Fulbright Alumni

Please contact your regional program advisor with specific questions.


General FAQ


2022-2023 U.S. Applicants

  • What does this mean for 2022-2023 recommended applicants?
    • The 2022-2023 Fulbright U.S. Student selection process is moving forward as normal. It is not possible to predict the competitiveness of future application cycles. Regrettably, far more applications are received every year than the number of awards available.  

U.S. Student Finalists

  • If my program goes forward, will I have the option of deferring to next year if I am uncomfortable going abroad in the current academic year?
      • Individual participants cannot choose to postpone their Fulbright grants if in-person opportunities are offered this academic year. Postponements will only be allowed if it is determined that in-person participation is not possible in the host country. Requests for deferral based on medical necessity will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Will requests for country reassignments be considered if I’m uncomfortable traveling to the country that I originally applied to?
      • We are unable to accommodate requests for country reassignments.
  • Am I still considered an alumnus of the Program if my award is moving forward but I choose not to participate?
    • Participants who decide that they are unable to participate in the Fulbright Program due to personal or professional circumstances may elect to withdraw from the program. They will still be considered Fulbright finalists, but will not receive any grant benefits and will not be considered program alumni. They will be able to re-apply for future Fulbright opportunities without prejudice.
  • Am I still considered an alumnus of the Program if my 2021-22 award does not begin by June 1, 2022?
    • Participants who do not start their grant will still be considered Fulbright finalists, but will not receive any grant benefits and will not be considered program alumni. They will be able to re-apply for future Fulbright opportunities without prejudice.

Fulbright Alumni

    • 2019-2020 Fulbright participants will not be held at a competitive disadvantage due to their alumni status.
    • 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Fulbright Finalists who did not start their grant are not considered to be program alumni and will not be held at a competitive disadvantage.
    • 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Fulbright grantees who participated in a Fulbright grant will be held at a competitive disadvantage in the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 competition cycles, but are still eligible to apply, provided they continue to meet all other eligibility requirements.

Foreign Students

2021-2022 Fulbright Foreign Program Participants

The health, safety, and security of our Fulbright participants is our highest priority. Fulbright Foreign Students in graduate degree programs and research programs, as well as Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs), were able to travel to begin their programs in academic year 2021-2022 as host institution operating statuses allowed.

2022-23 Fulbright Foreign Student Program Applicants

Thank you for your interest in the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions are nominating candidates for the 2022-2023 academic year and recruiting applicants for the 2023-2024 academic year according to their respective timelines. To learn about Fulbright Program opportunities in your home country, please reach out to your home country's contact.

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