National Resource Centers Program for Foreign Language and Area Studies or Foreign Language and International Studies Program and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Program

Centers: To promote instruction in modern foreign languages and area and international studies that are critical to national needs by supporting the establishment, strengthening and operation of such programs at colleges and universities.

Centers may focus on undergraduate training only or may

be comprehensive, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional training components.

Fellowships: To meet the needs of the United States for experts in modern foreign languages combined with area studies and world affairs by supporting fellowships for undergraduate and graduate study at institutions of higher education.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Hawaii Systems $ 521,398   2020-10-012022-09-30
University Of Wisconsin System $ 540,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
University Of Hawaii Systems $ 444,366   2020-10-012022-09-30
University Of Kansas Center For Research, Inc. $ 426,484   2020-10-012022-09-30
Georgetown University (the) $ 1,018,232   2018-08-152022-08-14
Trustees Of The University Of Pennsylvania, The $ 1,018,232   2018-08-152022-08-14
Michigan State University $ 1,040,000   2018-08-152022-08-14
Howard University (inc) $ 902,000   2018-08-152022-08-14
University Of Wisconsin System $ 1,024,000   2018-08-152022-08-14
Regents Of The University Of California, The $ 995,848   2018-08-152022-08-14

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Centers: Funds may be used for instructional costs of language and area and international studies programs, administration, lectures, conferences, library resources and staff, outreach, and travel.

Fellowships: Funds may be used for academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education (IHEs) in order to assist undergraduate and graduate students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies.

A fellowship awarded to an undergraduate student may include an allowance for educational programs in the United States or education programs abroad that meet certain criteria.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Centers: U.S.

institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

Applying institutions provide evidence of existing resources and institutional commitment to language and area and international studies through a curriculum that provides instruction dealing with a particular country or world area and its languages, or with international studies and modern foreign languages, including the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.

Fellowships: Accredited U.S.

institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education offering area or international studies programs combined with language study are eligible to apply for allocations of fellowships.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Centers: U.S. institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education will benefit. Fellowships: Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in funded centers and programs will benefit. Student candidates must be U.S. citizens or nationals or permanent residents training in area or international studies and in modern foreign languages programs that have or are developing performance-based language instruction. Undergraduate students must be engaged in intermediate level study or advanced study of a less commonly taught language. Training must be undertaken through an institution that has an allocation of Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.


Contact program office. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Eligible institutions may submit proposals for the funding of centers only, fellowships only, or both when the announcement of a new competition is issued in the Federal Register. Application forms and guidelines for the submission of proposals are available from the Office of the International and Foreign Language Education at the Department of Education.

Award Procedures

Centers: Final recommendations are made to the Secretary following evaluations from panels of experts that evaluate applications according to published selection criteria. Fellowships: The student should contact his/her sponsoring institution for information concerning application forms, deadlines, and related matters. Institutional proposals are approved or disapproved by the Secretary, following the same procedures as for Center applications.


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


Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title VI, Part A, Section 602.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. About 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Higher education institutions receiving funds for four year phased program support must submit annual performance reports for the second, third and fourth year for continuation of such support. Students seeking fellowships apply to their institutions for each summer or academic year award period. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

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

Centers: Grants are awarded for project periods of up to 48 months. Payments are made as stipulated in the grant. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds. Fellowships: Academic year and summer fellowship awards to student recipients are made by the institutions on a competitive basis. If summer fellowships are issued, they will be for a summer session in which the equivalent of an academic year's foreign language study is completed. Payments are made by the grantee institution. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: This information is included in the award document.

Post Assistance Requirements


Centers: Centers submit interim and annual performance reports through the International Resource Information System (IRIS).

Centers submit a final performance report 90 days after the project end date.

Fellowships: FLAS granting institutions report on fellowship award recipients at the beginning and end of each award period.

Institutional final reports (awards lists) and budget reports are required annually.

Staff monitor grants drawdown using agency financial reports.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Contact program office.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of the required annual performance report.


This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. Grantees are subject to audit requirements as described in 34 CFR 74.26.


All records supporting claims under grant or relating to the accountability for awarded funds must be available upon request: (1) for 3 years after close of the fiscal year in which the grant expired or (2) until the grantee is notified of completion of Federal financial audit, whichever is later. Fellowships: All records bearing on the receipt and expenditure of funds under the program must be available for inspection by the Department: (1) for 3 years after the fiscal year in which grant funds are spent, (2) until audited or for 5 years after grant, or (3) until resolution of any audit questions.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $30,343,000; FY 17 est $30,343,000; and FY 18 est $0 - For Fellowships. (Project Grants) FY 16 $22,743,107; FY 17 est $22,498,104; and FY 18 est $0 - For Centers.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies by competition.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

34 CFR 655, 656, and 657, and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Cheryl Gibbs, International and Foreign Language Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 453-5690

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

34 CFR 655, 656, and 657 apply to the Centers and Fellowships Programs. Selection criteria for evaluating applications and selecting centers are listed in the Title VI, International and Foreign Language Education Program Regulations in 34 CFR 655.31, 656.21 or 656.22. The Secretary will weigh criteria using points indicated in the application package or in a notice published in the Federal Register. 34 CFR 657.21 gives the criteria for selection of institutional awards for fellowship allocations. The Secretary will weigh criteria using points indicated in the application package or in a notice published in the Federal Register.

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