Fulbright Prize

March 31, 2022

Washington, DC

The Omni Shoreham Hotel

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Reception begins at 5:00 PM

Countdown to the Fulbright Prize has begun. Make your plans today!

Bono, U2 lead singer and cofounder of ONE and (RED), to be awarded the Fulbright Prize for International Understanding

The Fulbright Association will award the 2021 Fulbright Prize for International Understanding to Bono, the lead singer of U2 and the co-founder of ONE and (RED), sister organizations dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty, AIDS and other crises impacting the developing world, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. With this award, the Fulbright Association honors Bono’s commitment to seek justice by fighting to end extreme poverty, tackle global health crises, and spur economic development in the poorest parts of the planet.

Read the full press release

Event Details


The Prize ceremony will be held at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel, one of the largest hotels in Washington, D.C. The hotel is located in Dupont Circle,  near the Metro, Adams Morgan, National Zoo and more.

Omni Shoreham Hotel
Regency Ballroom
2500 Calvert St NW

Washington, D.C. 20008

The Fulbright Association has arranged special room rates for Prize attendees at the Omni at $259/night (not including 14.95% state and local taxes). Reservation details will be provided in your registration confirmation.

* Our rooms will be available beginning February 1, 2022. Rooms within our block are limited and will sell out fast!

Travel & Parking

Travel from Airport

Washington, D.C. is serviced be several local airports. The hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Regan National Airport8 miles from venue

  • Taxi: Approximately $20 – $25

Dulles International Airport – 28 miles from venue

  • Taxi Service: Approximately $50 – $65

Baltimore-Washington International Airport – 33 miles from venue

  • Taxi Service: Approximately $75 – $100 (allow 60 minutes of travel time)

Directions from Metro

The hotel is located one block from the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro station. Once you have exited the Metro via the escalators, go to the right and down the stairs. Go to the left and walk to Calvert Street (1 block). Cross the street and take a right. The hotel will be on your left-hand side. Approximately $1.35 – $2.55 per person.


There is a limited amount of parking available for attendees at the Omni hotel. We encourage you to carpool, Uber/Lyft, or take the metro.

  • Discounted parking for Prize guest is $35.00 for the day
  • Parking rate for overnight guests is $55.00

Guests can park on the street from 6 PM to 8:00 PM


Doors Open5:00 PMWest Promenade - Registration Desk
Welcome Reception5:00 PMAmbassador Ballroom
Prize Ceremony 6:30 PMRegency Ballroom & Live Streamed globally
Seated Dinner7:30 PMRegency Ballroom
Dessert Reception8:15 PMAmbassador Ballroom


All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

COVID-19 Event Safety & Responsibility

Your well-being is our #1 priority. The Fulbright Association is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment in which guests are expected to abide by all polices in effect for the event. We are actively tracking the emerging news and science around the new Omicron variant and will continue to monitor and adjust our plans and health protocols as necessary.

Here is what we are doing to protect your health and peace of mind so you can fully enjoy your time at the Fulbright Prize.

Vaccination Requirement

To promote the safety of all attendees, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”Full vaccination” means that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized (or emergency use authorized) double-dozed vaccines or single-dose vaccine. We strongly encourage all attendees who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 Booster in addition to being fully vaccinated.

All guests must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (electronic or physical copy to be shown upon check-in) and a valid photo ID. A list of approved vaccinations by the World Health Organization (WHO) can be found here.

If you are unable to meet this requirement, we encourage you to register to attend the live-streamed event, which will begin at 6:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

Mask Requirement

All participants will be required to wear masks in the venue and during the event. Masks must be worn at all times except while actively eating/drinking or outside of the hotel. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose.

We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the District of Columbia, and the Omni Shoreham hotel.

Venue Safety

The Omni Hotel is committed to cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting procedures, including recommendations from the CDC and EPA. Read the Omni’s full Safe & Clean Program here.

  • All associates who prepare or handle food will be required to wear gloves and hairnets/hats, and other protective equipment while preparing food or in any food preparation areas
  • Sanitization stations will be available throughout the venue to encourage frequent hand sanitization
  • Each banquet table will be set with 8 chairs (rather than 10) and aisles will be increased, to allow for additional spacing and traffic flow
  • Event  areas are large and spacious with high ceilings, improved ventilation systems, and increased outside air flow

We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of the current global pandemic.

Registration Cancelation Policy

Registration Refund

To cancel a registration and request a refund, a written request must be sent to Please enter “Prize Refund” in the subject line.

  • Refund requests received by March 25, 2022 will receive a full refund, less a $10 service and processing fee per registration.
  • Refund requests received between March 25, 2022 and March 31, 2022 will receive a refund equal to 50% of your order, inclusive of a $10 service and processing fee per registration.
  • Refund requests received after March 31, 2022 are not eligible for a refund.

*Exceptions to the cancellation refund policy outlined above will be considered on a case-by-case basis and decisions will be made within two weeks after the conclusion of the event.

In Lieu of a Refund

You are welcome to transfer your ticket or convert the cost of your ticket into a tax-exempt donation to the Fulbright Association. Please email with one of the below options:

  1. You may transfer your registration to a friend or colleague.
  2. You may sponsor a young Fulbrighter to attend the in-person Prize ceremony at the discounted rate of $300 per attendee.
  3. You may donate full or partial registration cost to the FA’s mission to continue and extend the Fulbright tradition of education, advocacy, and service. 

Please note: If the event is postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, full registration fees can be refunded; however, FA will not be responsible for additional costs including but not limited to cancellation/change fees assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. FA will not reimburse registration fees for weather, travel-related delays or cancellations, or other circumstances outside of FA’s control that prevent attendees from traveling to the event.

About the Fulbright Prize

The Fulbright Prize honors one of the world’s most prestigious international exchange programs, as well as the vision of its sponsor, the late Senator J. William Fulbright.

Awarded by the Fulbright Association since 1993, the Prize recognizes outstanding contributions to promoting peace through greater understanding among peoples, cultures, and nations. The Prize has a distinguished history of laureates, among them Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, Vaclav Havel, Corazon Aquino, Mary Robinson, Doctors without Borders, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Angela Merkel.

View Past Laureates


Registration closes March 25th at 11:59pm EST


Sponsor Two Fulbright Representatives

January 24


Registration Open ($350/seat)

February 1


Registration Open ($450/seat)

February 7

The Fulbright Association is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization listed in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Amounts paid in excess of $200 per person to attend the Prize are deductible for federal income tax purposes to the maximum extent permitted by law. EIN: 52-1821935

Sponsorship OpportunitiesNow Available