According to Times Higher education, “The US State Department has confirmed that it is reinstating its prestigious Fulbright scholarship programme in Afghanistan, allowing semi-finalists from this year’s cancelled intake to have their applications considered in the 2023-24 cycle.”
The US department suspended the Fulbright scholarships for Afghanistan in January 2022 that sparked outcry among interested applicants. 140 semi finalists for the academic year of 2023-24 was affected by this suspension.
Now they can resume their interview and selection procedures.
The State Department told THE that currently “the conditions on the ground have not changed” but that “carrying forward the applications to the 2023-24 academic year provides more time to resolve the significant safety and logistical barriers that must still be overcome to again support Fulbright opportunities for Afghan students”.
Interview: date: April- June
Start of program: summer or autumn 2023
In the interim, applicants will receive information about participating in a “micro-masters online certificate programme offered by top institutions”. These are postgraduate-level courses providing “deep learning and a recognised credential” in a “range of fields”, according to the letter.
Fulbright board member Margaret Chai Maloney told THE: “The Fulbright board will continue to do everything we can do to try to assist Afghan Fulbrighters and try to continue the programme safely.”
Another board member, Heather Nauert, previously told THE that the decision to cancel the Fulbright programme in Afghanistan was taken by the State Department over the head of the Fulbright board.
source: Times Higher education (THE)
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Usually Fulbright scholarship for Afghanistan application was opening between December to the end of February. For this year, It is still not clear when the application will open. Please check the embassy website or Scholarship for AFghanistan website to get the updates about this scholarship.
Note: applicants interested in Fulbright scholarship, can read the information about this scholarships here
and get ready to apply when the application is open.