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 grantees 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.
This situation is evolving rapidly, and updated information can be found at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State’s Current Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease webpages.
On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory - Do Not Travel which instructs all Americans abroad to either return to the United States or prepare to shelter in place. As a result of this advisory, the Fulbright Program is now suspended for all U.S. participants.
We urge all current U.S. Fulbright participants to make arrangements to return to the United States as soon as possible. An email has been sent to program participants which provides detailed information about arranging travel, financial considerations, and things to consider while preparing for your return to the United States.
In these unprecedented circumstances, we also recognize that due to conditions in specific countries, including the closing of borders and air space, the lack of available flights, or other safety considerations, not all U.S. Fulbright participants will be able to depart for the United States at this time. If you find yourself in this situation, please refer to your email for guidance and be in contact with your Fulbright administrators in your host country.
As circumstances are evolving, all Fulbrighters should remain in close contact with their Fulbright Program administrators, advisors, and/or their Fulbright binational commissions.
Your Fulbright Commission, U.S. Embassy, and/or IIE, will make every effort to assist you during this time, and we ask that all specific questions about your situation be sent to your advisor, as they have the most relevant information for your country and case. Please know that, at this difficult time, Fulbright advisors and Fulbright Commission staff are working diligently to provide support to each participant.
The above program suspension applies only to American citizens currently participating in the U.S. Fulbright Program abroad. Foreign Fulbrighters on programs in the United States, as part of the Fulbright Foreign Student and Visiting Scholar Programs, should contact their Fulbright Program administrators to inquire about any changes in their situations.
Please note: During this unprecedented time, all Fulbrighters, regardless of if they depart early, remain, or resign from their programs, will retain their Fulbright Alumni status, and join a worldwide network of like-minded academics, teachers, and individuals. Please consider joining Fulbrighter, the official online networking platform for Fulbright alumni and grantees at https://fulbrighternetwork.com/.
2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Semi-Finalists and Finalists
As this is an emerging situation, circumstances may change as additional information becomes available. As of today, selection notifications for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program are moving forward in preparation for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Resources for Fulbright Alumni
Special Opportunities for Alumni at U.S. Higher Education Institutions
The U.S. higher education sector has stepped up its support for new Fulbright alumni whose Fulbright experiences were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Institutions are providing benefits, including extending deadlines, waiving application fees, and offering financial assistance. Currently, the following programs have announced their support. We encourage you to continue looking for similar opportunities in the coming weeks.
- Tulane University - U.S. Peace Corps, and Fulbright Initiative. Graduate Study.
- Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Fulbright Offer” for more details.
- The University of Arkansas - Clinton School of Public Service. Special Fall 2020 admission cycle.
- Tufts University - The Fletcher School. Extended application deadline and scholarships for September 2020 admission. Please reach out to FletcherAdmissions@Tufts.edu for more details.
- Indiana University Bloomington - The Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Summer/Fall 2020 application fee waivers and 50% reduction in tuition. Please reach out to email@example.com and indicate your U.S. Fulbright status for more details.
- Johns Hopkins University - Bloomberg School of Public Health MHS and MSPH Degree Programs. Re-opened application.
- George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs. Graduate program fee waivers. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to submit an award/participation letter and for more details.
- University of Virginia - Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Master of Public Policy Program extended application deadline. Please reach out to email@example.com for more details.
- Indiana University Bloomington - The Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. U.S. Fulbrighters receive an application fee waiver and 50% tuition reduction for Master's degree programs. For additional information, please contact Liese Hilgeman, Director of Graduate Administrative Services.
- Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies. Extention of International Relations MA Program application through May 20th, 2020. Application fees will be waived and GRE scores are not required. Accepted students will be considered for at least a 20% reduction of tuition.
- University of Notre Dame - The Keough School of Global Affairs. Reopened Master of Global Affairs Fall 2020 application cycle (May 25th, 2020 deadline) for recently returned U.S. Fulbrighters. U.S. Fulbrighters receive an application fee waiver--please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the application fee waiver code.
- Michigan State University – Master of Science in Global Health Program. Application deadline extended to July 1st, 2020 for Fall 2020 Online Master of Science in Global Health Program. Please email Dr. Rebecca Malouin (Director of Program) for additional information.
The health, safety, and security of our Fulbright participants is our highest priority. We are sorry for the disruption that Fulbrighters and many others around the world are experiencing at this time. We want to assure you that you have the full support of the Fulbright Program in navigating the challenging situation that has been presented by this pandemic.
If you have concerns about your safety and welfare and want to return to your home country, you are free to do so. If you expect to leave the United States and return in the summer or next fall to resume your academic studies, you should weigh several factors, including availability and cost of return airfare, travel delays, challenges in securing housing upon your return, and possible quarantine in your country or upon return to the United States, and changes to academic calendars as campuses return to full operational status Please contact your Fulbright Commission or IIE Advisor to discuss your individual situation.
Please note: during this unprecedented time, all Fulbright grantees, regardless if they depart early, remain on their programs, or resign from their programs, will retain their Fulbright Alumni status, and join a worldwide network of like-minded academics, teachers, and individuals. Please consider joining Fulbrighter, the official online networking platform for Fulbright alumni and grantees at https://fulbrighternetwork.com/.
For Fulbrighters continuing their programs:
We strongly recommend against any non-essential travel at this time, both within the United States and internationally. Many governments have put extraordinary measures in place to restrict movements across borders in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. Therefore, conditions for future travel may become more challenging without notice, including reduced air service and requirements for quarantine.
If you plan to travel internationally for any reason, you must: report travel details in the Self-Service Portal, which is a visa requirement; update your IIE Advisor; and consult the International Travel guidance prior to return.
If your institution has moved classes to online modes of delivery for part or all of the semester, please continue to engage in those remote classes from your local U.S. community. If you are unable or unwilling to do so, you must inform your IIE Advisor, who can discuss your personal situation.
Please contact your IIE Advisor for guidance and assistance; they have the most up-to-date and relevant information for your situation.
Incoming Fulbright Foreign Students 2020-2021
As this is an emerging situation, circumstances may change as additional information becomes available. In preparation for Fall 2020 arrivals, please contact the binational Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your country to learn about the current status of the Fulbright Program. Contact information can be found here.