Overseas Programs - Group Projects Abroad

To contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States by providing grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty
engaged in a common endeavor.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Northern Illinois University $ 199,780   2022-06-012024-06-01
American Institute Of Indian Studies $ 259,423   2022-06-012024-06-01
Howard University $ 299,532   2022-06-012024-06-01
University Of Arizona $ 300,000   2022-06-012024-06-01
University Of Arizona $ 300,000   2022-06-012024-06-01
American Councils For International Education: Actr/accels, Inc. $ 232,500   2022-06-012024-06-01
Howard University $ 192,788   2020-07-012023-12-31
Trustees Of The University Of Pennsylvania, The $ 249,584   2020-07-012023-12-31
University Of Arizona $ 250,000   2020-07-012023-12-31
Winona State University $ 80,048   2020-07-012023-12-31

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

The grant does not provide funds for project-related expenses within the United States.

The grant funds may be used in the country of study for the following: maintenance stipend; round-trip international travel; project-related local travel; artifacts; books and other teaching materials; rent for instructional facilities; and clerical and professional services.

Projects must focus on the humanities, social sciences and languages, and must focus on one or more of the following areas: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere (Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Near East.

Applications that propose projects focused on Canada or Western Europe will not be funded.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education, State departments of education, private nonprofit educational organizations, and a consortium of institutions, departments, and organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

A participant must be: a citizen, or permanent resident of the United States, currently employed full-time in a United States school system, institution of higher education, local education agency or state education agency (not applicable to students), and at least one of the following: ? A teacher in an elementary or secondary school (please see note below); ? A faculty member who teaches modern foreign languages or area studies; ? An experienced education administrator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary levels; ? A graduate student or junior or senior in an institution of higher education, who is a prospective teacher in the areas of social sciences, humanities and foreign languages. The student should meet the provisions set by his or her local and state education agencies; or ? For the Advanced Overseas Intensive Language Training project, the participating student, other than those planning a teaching career, should be planning to apply their language skills and knowledge of countries vital to the United States national security in fields outside teaching, including government, the professions, or international development.


Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

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. An institution or organization interested in the program should plan and propose a group project that would significantly improve its program in foreign language and area studies. Specific guidelines for preparation of proposals as published in the Federal Register are available upon request from the International Education Programs Service (IEPS). The institution or organization must give assurance that the individuals it nominates to undertake the projects are appropriately qualified.

Award Procedures

With the advice of a panel of academic consultants and an assessment of the feasibility and suitability of each proposal by U.S. Embassies and Binational Commissions in the proposed countries of study, the IEPS will make initial selections, and preliminary recommendations of grant recipients to the Secretary. 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

From 90 to 120 days.


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

For short-term seminar, curriculum development, and group research or study, projects range from 5 weeks to 12 months; projects are up to 48 months for advanced intensive language training projects. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The information is included in the grant award document.

Post Assistance Requirements


Interim progress, terminal program, and financial reports from the grantee are required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. Audit requirements as described in 34 CFR 74.26 do not pertain to this program. All fiscal records are subject to audit at any time within five years after close of the fiscal year in which expenditures are made.


Documents bearing on receipt and expenditure of grant funds must be made available for inspection by the Department: (1) For three years after the close of the fiscal year in which expenditures are made if departmental audit has occurred by that time; (2) until audit or for five years following the end of budget period in which grant expired, whichever is later; or (3) until resolution of outstanding audit questions.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $32,792,439; FY 17 est $2,792,439; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies by competition.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

34 CFR 664 and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Tanyelle Richardson, International Education Programs Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: tanyelle.richardson@ed.gov Phone: (202) 502-7502

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection criteria for this program are from 34 CFR 664.31 and are as follows: (a) Plan of operation (20 points), (b) quality of key personnel (10 points), (c) budget and cost effectiveness (10 points), (d) evaluation plan (20 points), (e) adequacy of resources (5 points), (f) potential impact of the project on the development of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in American education (15 points), (g) relevance to the institution's educational goals and its relationship to its program development in modern foreign languages and area studies (5 points), (h) the extent to which direct experience abroad is necessary to achieve the project's objectives and the effectiveness with which relevant host country resources will be utilized (10 points), and (i) the extent to which the proposed project addresses the competitive preference priorities (10 points). Subject to change. Contact program officer for further information.

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