Overseas Programs Special Bilateral Projects

To increase mutual understanding and knowledge between the people of the United States and those in other countries by offering qualified U.S.

educators opportunities to participate in short-term study seminars abroad on topics in the social sciences and the humanities.

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.

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

Program funds provide round-trip economy airfare, room and board, tuition and fees for seminars.

Actual locations may vary from year-to-year.

No dependents are to accompany awardees participating in seminars.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must (1) be U.S.

citizens or have permanent resident status; (2) hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; (3) have at least 3 years full-time in teaching, administering or supervising in the humanities, the social sciences or social studies subjects; (4) be currently employed full-time in teaching, administering or supervising in the aforementioned areas; (5) meet any language requirements if applicable (see the application booklet for details).

If selected, awardees must furnish evidence of good health and emotional maturity.

Beneficiary Eligibility

(1) Undergraduate faculty members of 4 year colleges/universities and 2-year community colleges in the fields of the humanities and social sciences; (2) supervisors and secondary (grades 9 through 12) and elementary and junior high school (grades K through 8) teachers of social studies and humanities; and (3) curriculum development specialists, administrators of local and State education agencies who have direct responsibility for developing curriculum in the subject areas encompassed by the social sciences and the humanities.


Applicants' basic data; education and professional preparation; present and previous employment; specific statement of objectives; plans to utilize the knowledge and experience gained from the seminar; involvement in educational/professional/civic groups, associations/organizations; personal traits; honors/awards/publications, etc. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

International Education Graduate Programs Service, Department of Education, publishes an annual announcement of opportunities and conducts open competition to select participants.

Binational commissions or foundations or other appropriate agencies receive funding to conduct the seminars.

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and as required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

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. Eligible applicants may submit applications for a position in one of the seminars when the announcement of a new competition is made though journals, newsletters, educational associations, individuals, etc.

Award Procedures

Recommendations are made to the Secretary of Education following advice from a panel of consultants. All recommended selections are subject to review and final approval by the presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


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


Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended, Section 102(b)(6), Public Law 87-256.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applicants notified in March of selection for seminars.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

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

From 4 to 6 weeks. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The information is included in the award documents.

Post Assistance Requirements


Individual curriculum projects, outreach activities and program evaluations from participants are submitted.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Contact program office.


No audits are required for this program.


Retained for one year.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $532,300; FY 17 est $552,300; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies by competition.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Education Department General Administrative Regulations. Program announcements and related information are available from the Program Officer for International Education, Department of Education.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Maria Chang International Education Programs Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: maria.chang@ed.gov Phone: (202) 219-7001

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Contact the Program Office for information.

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