Fulbright Scholar Program Status Update
March 29, 2021 — In planning for 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 as of 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. Scholar Fulbright participants and we are working closely with those traveling abroad to ensure their safety. For those countries that are unable to resume in-person exchanges this spring, 2020-2021 participants are able to pursue their Fulbright programs at a later date, including in the following (2021-2022) academic year.
2020-2021 U.S. Scholar Finalists
Those selected for a 2020-2021 award received communication from the Institute of International Education (IIE) or the Fulbright Commission about the plans for resuming in-person exchanges in their host country. Any selectee who has additional questions about the status of their country’s reopening plans should contact their program advisor.
2021-2022 U.S. Scholar Finalists
Those selected for 2021-2022 award will receive information from IIE and Fulbright Commissions about plans for the 2021-2022 year. 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.
2020-2021 Fulbright Visiting Scholars and Scholars-in-Residence
Visiting Scholars and Scholars-in-Residence are able to travel to begin their programs as of January 2021 if their host institution operating statuses allows for in-person engagement and if the resources are available for them to complete their proposed projects. The Visiting Scholar Program's approach reflects developments on U.S. campuses and keeps with the spirit of Fulbright’s mission to promote and build mutual understanding through direct, personal exchanges.
Scholars should continue to work with their Fulbright contacts in their home country for guidance and assistance. Once your program is confirmed and your start date approaches, your IIE advisor will reach out to you and guide you throughout your exchange in the United States.
Please contact your regional program advisor with specific questions.