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No, Bangladesh Is Not Excluded From The US Fulbright Scholarships

A social media post, claiming that Bangladesh has been excluded from the  list  of countries under the Fulbright Scholarship provided by the US government has gone viral on social media. The same was reported by several mainstream newspapers and other media outlets in Bangladesh too. A fact check by Newschecker has found the claim to be false.

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Fact Check / Verification

On looking up the website of the US-based Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, it was found that Bangladeshi students are still eligible for the Fulbright Scholarship.

Screenshot from BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS

On 14 December, the U.S Embassy in Bangladesh’s official Facebook posted an announcement that the deadline for applying for the Fulbright scholarship has been extended to December 21.

There’s a tab on the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website for the U.S citizens only that states the suspension is only for Americans in Bangladesh for the 2021-22 academic year.

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Screenshot from BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS

The fulbright scholarship application website for US citizens shows that visas have been suspended for 2021-22 in Bangladesh for security reasons.

Screenshot from U.S. Scholar Program

Also, BBC Bangla has published a report on this issue. A spokesman for the U.S embassy there told BBC Bangla that a program was underway for Bangladeshi students and scholars to travel to the United States on Fulbright scholarships and that no new decision had been made.

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Conclusion

The claim that Bangladeshis are excluded from the Fulbright Scholarship provided by the US government is false

Result – False

Our Sources

BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright/country/bangladesh

U.S. Scholar Program: https://awards.cies.org/content/south-and-central-asia-regional-research-program-3#:~:text=Bangladesh%3A%C2%A0The%20U.S.%20Scholar%20Program%20to%20Bangladesh%20is%20temporarily%20suspended%20for%20the%202021%2D2022%20academic%20year.%20The%20U.S.%20Department%20of%20State%20continues%20to%20closely%20monitor%20the%20security%20situation%20in%20Bangladesh.%C2%A0

U.S Embassy Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/103157219806/posts/10159336987789807/

BBC News: https://www.bbc.com/bengali/news-59651027


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