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US suspends Fulbright program for Afghanistan

US suspends Fulbright program for Afghanistan

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29 Jan 2022 - 15:18
US suspends Fulbright program for Afghanistan
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29 Jan 2022 - 15:18

KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States State Department will not continue its prestigious Fulbright Foreign Student Program in Afghanistan for 2022-23 academic year, according to a media report on Saturday.

“Due to significant barriers impeding our ability to provide a safe exchange experience, the selection process for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program in Afghanistan for the 2022-23 academic year will not move forward,” a State Department official told ABC News.

“We recognize the significant time and effort that the current applicants have invested and understand that this decision brings disappointment.”

The official went on to say that the opportunity was not ending solely for the upcoming cohort, but that State would not continue to take future applicants — effectively suspending the program for now.

“At this time, we are not proceeding with or accepting applications for the Fulbright Program in Afghanistan. Should conditions change such that we can again support Fulbright opportunities for Afghan students, we will again invite applications for the program,” the official added.

While the program will continue for more than 100 Fulbright students from Afghanistan who are already studying in the US, the State Department did not offer details on their return to their native country, as the grant is designed for scholars to do.

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