On August 6, 2020, in close coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory for U.S. citizens traveling abroad. The Global Advisory, initially put in place on March 19, 2020, advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. As global health conditions evolve, ECA and the Fulbright Program will continue to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of participants, while also taking into consideration the varying degrees to which the pandemic may be affecting countries around the globe.

Information for U.S Citizens:

The lifting of the Global Level 4 Health Advisory does not mean an immediate return to normal operations for U.S. citizen participation in the Fulbright Program. A number of factors – including CDC and State Department travel warnings, the ability of participants to obtain visas, staffing levels, flight availability, operating status of host institutions, and availability of resources to protect public health – influence the ability to resume exchange programs for U.S. participants in certain countries. We will continue to work closely with U.S. embassies and Fulbright Commissions to evaluate local conditions and guide the re-opening of Fulbright exchange programs.

Fulbrighters should direct specific questions about individual situations to Fulbright advisors, as they have the most relevant information for individual situations. Please know that Fulbright advisors and Fulbright Commission staff are working diligently to provide support to each participant.

Information for Foreign/Non-U.S. Citizens:

Visiting Fulbright Students in graduate degree programs, as well as Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) on U.S. campuses, may travel to begin their programs in fall 2020. The Program's approach also includes new online flexibilities for both U.S. and Visiting Fulbright participants, and reflects spring 2020 developments on U.S. and other campuses.

Fulbrighters should direct specific questions about individual situations to Fulbright advisors, as they have the most relevant information for individual situations. Please know that Fulbright advisors and Fulbright Commission staff are working diligently to provide support to each participant.

General Information
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FOR 2019-20 U.S. FULBRIGHT STUDENTS

We understand the disruption that the worldwide suspension of the program has caused to your professional and personal life, and we appreciate how much you have nonetheless contributed to the Fulbright Program’s goals of mutual understanding.

Due to the Global Level 4 Health Advisory issued by the U.S. Department of State on March 19, 2020, the Fulbright Program was suspended for U.S. Fulbright participants abroad. 

Affected Fulbrighters received the following: 

  • Return transportation and booking assistance to return to the United States 
  • Funding compensation equivalent to at least three months of stipend payments 
  • An additional $1,000 transition allowance to help cover health insurance and other unanticipated needs 
  • Fulbright alumni status for all affected participants 
  • Reapplication criteria waived for 2019-20 Fulbright participants by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to encourage returned U.S. participants to consider future Fulbright opportunities. 
  • Access to a dedicated COVID-19 resource website for Fulbrighters, listing special opportunities at U.S. higher education institutions, including extended deadlines, waived application fees, and financial aid offers.

Resources for 2019-20 U.S. Fulbright Students 

In April 2020, all U.S. Fulbright Students received an e-mail containing resources to assist your transition back to the United States. The e-mail that you received with resources also serves as confirmation that your Fulbright grant ended following the worldwide suspension of the U.S. Fulbright Program on March 19, 2020. This e-mail also confirms that you finished your program in good standing and are now considered an alumnus or alumna of the Fulbright Program. This e-mail may serve as proof of a qualifying life event for any entity requiring such confirmation. If you need a more formal notification of your status, please contact your IIE program manager.

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FOR 2019-20 U.S. SCHOLARS

We understand the disruption that the worldwide suspension of the program has caused to your professional and personal life, and we appreciate how much you have nonetheless contributed to the Fulbright Program’s goals of mutual understanding.

Due to the Global Level 4 Health Advisory issued by the U.S. Department of State on March 19, 2020, the Fulbright Program was suspended for U.S. Fulbright participants abroad. 

Affected Fulbrighters received the following: 

  • Return transportation and booking assistance to return to the United States 
  • Funding compensation equivalent to at least three months of stipend payments 
  • An additional $1,000 transition allowance to help cover health insurance and other unanticipated needs 
  • Fulbright alumni status for all affected participants 
  • Reapplication criteria waived for 2019-20 Fulbright participants by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to encourage returned U.S. participants to consider future Fulbright opportunities. 
  • Access to a dedicated COVID-19 resource website for Fulbrighters, listing special opportunities at U.S. higher education institutions, including extended deadlines, waived application fees, and financial aid offers.

Resources for 2019-20 U.S. Fulbright Scholars

In April 2020, all U.S. Fulbright Scholars received an e-mail containing resources to assist your transition back to the United States. The e-mail that you received with the below resources also serves as confirmation that your Fulbright grant ended following the worldwide suspension of the U.S. Fulbright Program on March 19, 2020. This e-mail also confirms that you finished your program in good standing and are now considered an alumnus or alumna of the Fulbright Program. This e-mail may serve as proof of a qualifying life event for any entity requiring such confirmation. If you need a more formal notification of your status, please contact your IIE program manager.

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FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS AND FLTAs

Please contact your Fulbright Program advisor at your implementing organization and/or your binational Fulbright commission for the most up-to-date and relevant information concerning your situation. For FLTAs, please contact your IIE program administrator.

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FOR VISITING SCHOLARS

Please contact your Fulbright Program advisor at your implementing organization and/or your binational Fulbright commission for the most up-to-date and relevant information concerning your situation. 

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FOR FULBRIGHT SPECIALISTS

The lifting of the Global Level 4 Health Advisory does not mean an immediate return to normal operations for the Fulbright Specialist Program.  Due to the Global Level 4 Health Advisory issued by the U.S. Department of State on March 19, 2020, the Fulbright Specialist Program was suspended, postponing planned projects, and future Fulbright Specialist projects have been temporarily paused.  Please see this page on World Learning's website for more information.