Important Information about Coronavirus / COVID-19

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and IREX are closely monitoring the progression of COVID-19 (also known as the novel Coronavirus) in the United States and around the world. To protect the health and well-being of participants and staff, ECA has temporarily paused all international exchange programs. The U.S. Department of State is working with partner governments, Fulbright Commissions, U.S. Embassies, cooperating agencies, and U.S. and foreign host institutions to provide timely and responsive guidance to our participants. Please see below for further details.

Information for U.S. Teachers (Current Participants)

On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory - Do Not Travel which instructed all Americans abroad to return to the U.S. As a result of this advisory, Fulbright Teacher Exchanges has been suspended worldwide, effective immediately.

An email has been sent to U.S. teachers which provided detailed information about arranging travel, financial support, and considerations for return to the United States.

Fulbright participants in the U.S. who have not yet departed for their travel should follow their local government’s advisory. 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.

Please note: during this unprecedented time, all Fulbright participants, regardless of the progress toward program completion, will retain their Fulbright alumni status.

Information for International Teachers (Current Participants)

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 Department of State and IREX in navigating the challenging situation that has been presented by this pandemic. If you have concerns about your safety and want to return to your home country, you are free to do so.

For Fulbrighters continuing their programs in the U.S.:

  • 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 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 host university representative, who can discuss your personal situation.

Information for Fulbright Teacher Exchange Applicants

Thank you for your interest in our programs. At this time, applications for Academic Year 2020-2021 Fulbright Teacher Exchange opportunities are being accepted and reviewed. Please note, program schedules are subject to change at the discretion of ECA, U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions, according to policies governing travel and access to educational institutions.

Applications are currently open for U.S. educators for the following programs:

  • Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms – Applications extended: now due April 10, 2020
  • Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program – Applications due April 27, 2020

International educators interested in applying for Fulbright Teacher Exchanges should contact their local Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy for application details.

Applicants should monitor their email for notifications of their application status and/or any disruptions to 2020-2021 programming.