Academic Exchange Programs - Special Academic Exchange Programs

As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange programs, including the exchange of scholars, researchers,

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professionals, students, and educators.

ECA programs foster engagement and encourage dialogue with citizens around the world.

Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of leaders and future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today.

ECA programs inform, engage, and influence participants across strategic sectors of society ? including young people, women, teachers, scholars, journalists, and other professionals ? increasing the number of foreign individuals who have first-hand experience with Americans and with the values of freedom, representative government, rule of law, economic choice, and individual dignity, while building international knowledge and capacity among Americans.

The purpose of Special Academic Exchange Programs is to provide targeted support for U.S.

and foreign students and others who may not otherwise have the resources to pursue international exchange opportunities or who are in fields directly relevant to identified needs in their countries.

Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Osvichena Initsiatyva, Go $ 5,430   2021-04-252022-07-31
Center For Cultural And Technical Interchange Between East And West, Inc. $ 16,700,000   2019-11-262022-03-31
Arizona State University $ 250,000   2019-09-302021-05-31
Individual Recipient $ 250   2020-11-292021-03-30
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 24,915   2020-10-092021-03-01
Individual Recipient $ 250   2020-11-302021-01-26
Institute Of International Education, Inc. $ 57,600   2019-01-012020-12-31
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 25,008   2019-06-282020-03-31
Center For Cultural And Technical Interchange Between East And West, Inc. $ 16,700,000   2018-11-202019-09-30
Empower Peace Inc $ 22,175   2019-05-312019-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) provides program and administrative funds to 20 Overseas Research Centers (ORCs) in all world regions, and coordinates grant management, administrative operations, and the program collaboration of these centers. Approximately 175 grants were awarded in FY 2016, including seven U.S. fellows conducting multi-country research in countries where ORCs are located. Under the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, 2,922 American undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for study abroad in countries around the world. Alumni of the Tibetan Scholarship Program are active through an alumni association and work with Tibetan refugee youth. Approximately 430 Tibetan scholarships have been awarded in the past 29 years. Under the U.S.-South Pacific Scholarship Program, one student was awarded graduate scholarships and two student were awarded undergraduate scholarship. Under the U.S.-Timor-Leste Scholarship Program, three students were awarded undergraduate scholarships with pre-academic English language study. Working to promote increased participation of persons with disabilities in international exchange, the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange during FY 2016 addressed particular themes relating to 1) international students with disabilities studying in the United States; 2) encouraging U.S. citizens with disabilities to participate in experientially-based exchange programs, internships and volunteer assignments relating to sports, the arts and other fields beyond the academic world and 3) increasing the capabilities of the U.S. State Department and its program partners to more effectively manage international exchange programs including people with disabilities. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Special Academic Exchange Programs support participants in undergraduate, graduate, and/or non-degree professional development programs.

Special Academic Exchange Programs target underserved populations from the U.S., developing world or strategically important areas.

These programs provide selected participants with the opportunity to participate in exchanges and develop international competencies and skills, which allow them to serve as leaders in their professions and communities.

Funding is provided to non-profit organizations, colleges, and universities to support their work in designing and administering programs as well as coordinating program logistics.

Funding supports publicity and recruitment, screening of applications, communication with participants, monitoring of participants, payment of participant costs, and the provision of enrichment activities for both participants and alumni.

American Overseas Research Centers (AORCs) are located throughout the world -- -- in Europe; North Africa; the Middle East; Central, East, South, & Southeast Asia; Latin America; and West Africa- and provide services to scholars, including assistance with research and publication. The Benjamin A.

Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships for credit-bearing study or internships abroad to U. S. undergraduate students with significant financial need (Pell Grant recipients), including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations.

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) 1) provides information to the disabilities community about exchange opportunities and encourages persons with disabilities to participate and 2) assists exchange organizations, colleges and universities, NGOs and other program providers with including people with disabilities into their programs and ensuring that they have successful experiences.

The United States-South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSPSP) provides scholarships for academically talented individuals from sovereign island nations of the South Pacific to pursue bachelor's and master's degrees at U. S. institutions in fields important to the region?s development.

The Tibetan Scholarship Program (TSP) provides scholarships for students from the Tibetan refugee communities of India and Nepal to pursue two-year Master?s degrees in the United States in fields that will contribute to those communities.

The TSP, a Congressionally-mandated program, began in 1988 with the goal of fostering mutual understanding and building the capacity of participants to engage and impact their communities when they return home.

Student enrichment activities include U.S.-based arrival orientations, mid-year and re-entry, professional development workshops and a mentoring component to support students during and after their exchanges.

The United States-Timor-Leste Scholarship Program (USTLSP) provides educational opportunities for academically talented future leaders from Timor-Leste to pursue bachelor?s degrees at U. S. institutions in priority fields that are directly relevant to development needs in Timor-Leste.

Special Academic Programs include several other academic exchange initiatives in which the U. S. Congress has particular interest.

Please refer to Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov for further information.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S.

Department of State awards grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions.

Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).

Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application.

Please refer to the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries include recipient organizations, educational institutions, other non-government organizations (NGOs) that meet the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3), as well as sponsored participants, and the American people and the people of participating countries who interact with the international participants.

Credentials/Documentation

Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State awards grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions. Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application. Please refer to the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria. OMB Guidance2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E Cost Principles under Special Considerations for States, Local Governments, and Indian Tribes applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Guidance 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600 entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Announcements are posted on the Grants.gov and Department of State's website: http://eca.state.gov/organizational-funding or GrantSolutions.gov website for organizations meeting eligibility requirements. Announcements are made as necessary during the fiscal year. The application procedures are described in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement.

Award Procedures

Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. Successful applicants will receive a Federal Assistance Award (FAA) from the Bureau?s Grants Office. The FAA and the original proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. Government. The FAA will be signed/validated by an authorized Grants Officer, and sent via GrantSolutions.gov to the recipient?s responsible officer identified in the application.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

The Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended, Public Law 87-256, 22 U.S.C 2451.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. Successful applicants will receive a Federal Assistance Award (FAA) from the Bureau?s Grants Office. The FAA and the original proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. Government. The FAA will be signed by an authorized Grants Officer, and mailed to the recipient?s responsible officer identified in the application.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded/released through the Department's central financial management database.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Financial and Program Reporting requirements are described in the Grants.gov announcement.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Financial and Program Reporting requirements are described in the Grants.gov announcement.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

As stated in the Grants.gov announcements.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Guidance 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart F Audit Requirements, a nonfederal entity that expends $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity?s fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific ?audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. The Recipient must comply with the OMB audit requirements. For all DOS awards, regardless of business type, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in OMB audit requirements. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards (https:///www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx) for additional guidance.

Records

The Recipients must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards (https://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx) for additional guidance.

Financial Information

Account Identification

19-0201-0-1-154.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $18,150,000; FY 17 est $18,150,000; and FY 18 est $18,150,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$350,000 to $12,200,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. In addition, organizations should be familiar with OMB Guidance 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600 entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. For a copy of the OMB Guidance cited, please contact the U.S. Government Publishing Office or download from www.ecfr.gov website.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Lana Muck/Heidi Manley Lana Muck: Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, 2200 C Street, NW, SA-5, Fourth Floor, Room 4B07 Programs: AORCs, NCDE, USSPSP, TSP, USTLSP Heidi Manley: Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Global Educational Programs, 2200 C Street, NW, SA-5, Fourth Floor, Room 4L12, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Programs: Benjamin Gilman Scholarship Program, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: fulbright@state.gov;studyabroad@state.gov Phone: Lana Muck:: (202) 632-3238; Heid

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.


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