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 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.

U.S. Students

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.

Foreign Students

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.

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