Pre-Departure Orientations

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.

 

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Africa, Sub-Saharan

Countries

Exact Dates TBA

Virtually hosted by:
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Cote d’Ivoire
Congo (Brazzaville)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ethiopia
Eswatini
Ghana
Guinea
Kenya
Lesotho
Madagascar
Malawi
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
Senegal
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Sudan
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
September – October 2020 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

East Asia and the Pacific

Countries/Programs

Exact Dates TBA Virtually hosted by:
ASEAN Research Program
Brunei
Burma
Cambodia
China
Cross-Strait Studies Research Program
Hong Kong
Laos
Macau
Mongolia
Singapore
Vietnam
September – October 2020 University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Europe and Eurasia

Countries

Exact Dates TBA Virtually hosted by:

Albania
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Croatia
Cyprus
Estonia
Georgia
Kosovo
Latvia
Lithuania
North Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Montenegro
Russia
Serbia
Slovenia
Ukraine

September – October 2020

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 

Middle East and North Africa

Countries

Exact Dates TBA Virtually hosted by:
Algeria
Bahrain
Kuwait
Oman
Palestinian Territories (West Bank)
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates
September – October 2020 Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

South and Central Asia

Countries

Exact Dates TBA Virtually hosted by:
Bhutan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyz Republic
Maldives
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
September – October 2020 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Western Hemisphere

Countries

Exact Dates TBA Virtually hosted by:
Bahamas
Barbados and Eastern Caribbean
Belize
Bolivia
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Suriname
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).

Countries

Exact Dates TBA Virtually hosted by:
Burma    
Cote D’Ivoire        
Peru        
Ukraine
September – October 2020 IIE