2020 - 2021 Pre-Departure Orientation Schedule
All candidates accepting awards for the following programs are required to attend a pre-departure orientation. If your country is not listed, there is no pre-departure orientation in the United States and the Fulbright Commission in your host country will provide more details.
The 2020 Pre-Departure Orientations will be held virtually in September - October 2020. You will receive additional information regarding how to register for the PDOs in August of 2020.
Attendance at Pre-Departure Orientations is mandatory. Exemptions will be considered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State for extenuating circumstances only. Information on filing an exemption will be made available in August 2020.
Exact Dates TBA
Virtually hosted by: Benin
Democratic Republic of the Congo
September – October 2020 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
East Asia and the Pacific
Exact Dates TBA Virtually hosted by: ASEAN Research Program
Cross-Strait Studies Research Program
September – October 2020 University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Europe and Eurasia
Exact Dates TBA Virtually hosted by:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
September – October 2020
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Middle East and North Africa
Exact Dates TBA Virtually hosted by: Algeria
Palestinian Territories (West Bank)
United Arab Emirates
September – October 2020 Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
South and Central Asia
Exact Dates TBA Virtually hosted by: Bhutan
September – October 2020 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Exact Dates TBA Virtually hosted by: Bahamas
Barbados and Eastern Caribbean
Trinidad & Tobago
September – October 2020 St. John's University, Queens, NY
Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship
All candidates accepting awards for the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship program are required to attend a virtual pre-departure orientation. In addition, Fellows to Burma, Cote d’Ivoire and Ukraine will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation for their respective world region (see above for location and dates).
Exact Dates TBA Virtually hosted by: Burma
September – October 2020 IIE