Cultural, Technical and Educational Centers

To assist various organizations identified by Congress to achieve objectives specified by Congress.

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, professionals, students, and educators.

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

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 21,626   2019-08-282020-07-31
Shkola Angliskogo Yazyka, Of $ 10,000   2020-01-152020-03-31
Research Foundation For The State University Of New York, The $ 11,665   2019-09-122019-12-30
Bekishev Askar Bukenovich Ip $ 7,800   2019-08-232019-12-05
Too 'educational Advising Center' /edyukeishional Edvaizing Sentr/ $ 3,600   2019-08-202019-12-05
Individual Recipient $ 5,490   2018-04-302019-04-30
Individual Recipient $ 3,735   2018-04-302019-04-30
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 5,225   2018-04-302019-04-30
Individual Recipient $ 4,565   2018-04-202019-04-20
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 9,230   2018-04-202019-04-20

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In 2016, the East-West Center continued to perform critical education, training, capacity building, and convening roles to assist U.S. officials, educators, business and NGO executives, and other thought leaders for constructive engagement in Asia Pacific, the world?s fastest growing region. Consistent with previous years, the Center engages participants from all levels of society to address issues of national and regional common, while also advancing American geopolitical and geostrategic interests. A primary goal in all Center programs is to empower ?catalyst? people who can effect change across borders, cultures, and sectors for common goods. The Center continued to create and facilitate links between Asia-Pacific and American institutions through a rich variety of cross-cultural and cross-national research and leadership activities focused, for example, on women, ASEAN, journalists, and educators designed to build international capacity on environmental sustainability, trade policy, HIV/AIDS mitigation, North Pacific Arctic studies, and the rule of law. Prominent among the more than 300 programs and events held during 2016 was the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders summit, including ten heads of state from the Pacific islands region. The Hollings Center hosted dialogues on important topics such as challenging violent extremism (solutions to radicalization), regional security (focused on this cycle on Middle East, Africa, and Europe), and Preserving Cultural Heritage. The Hollings Center supported a young professionals in international relations speaker series, funded small grants on dialogue topics, and produced special reports on various topics. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance is provided to implement specific projects identified by Congress. Funding is provided to the Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East and West (East-West Center) to promote better relations and understanding between the United States and the nations of Asia and the Pacific through cooperative study, training, and research.

Scholars, students, teachers, government officials, NGO leaders, journalists and other professionals in various fields from the U. S. and the Asia Pacific region may study and carry out research, exchange ideas and views, lead and participate in seminars and training activities, take part in cultural programs, and conduct other activities primarily in support of the objectives of the Fulbright-Hays Act, as amended, and other Acts promoting the international, educational, cultural, and related activities of the United States.

Funding is appropriated each fiscal year from interest and earnings credited to the Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue Trust Fund for operations of the International Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue (commonly referred to as the Hollings Center) which promotes dialogue, programs, and scholarships for various stakeholders to promote understanding and expand channels of communication between the United States and the Muslim world.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Organizations specifically identified by Congress in agency appropriations legislation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are those served by the organizations receiving awards.


Eligible organizations are those specifically identified by Congress in agency appropriations legislation. 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.


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 Requirement for Federal Awards applies to this program. As stated in the award solicitation documents.

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 to the recipient?s responsible officer identified in the application.


Not Applicable.


The Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961 (Public Law 87-256), as amended., 22 U.S.C 2054 2078 2451; Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Renewals are contingent upon future Congressional funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable. 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


As stated in the award solicitation documents.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

As stated in the award solicitation documents.

As stated in the award solicitation documents.


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// for additional guidance.


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. For awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report as authorized by the DOS. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for awards( for additional guidance.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $17,475,007; FY 17 est $17,475,007; and FY 18 est $17,475,007 - No Data Available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$775,007 to $16,700,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

As stated in the or 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 circulars cited, please contact the U.S. Government Publishing Office or download from website. Refer to solicitation documents for additional requirements.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Lana Muck Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Office of Academic Programs 2200 C Street, NW, SA-05 Rm. Room 4B07 , Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: Phone: 202-632-3233

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As stated in the award solicitation documents.

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