American Overseas Research Centers

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
American Institute Of Indian Studies $ 66,600   2020-10-012021-09-30
American Institute For Maghrib Studies, Inc $ 61,475   2020-10-012021-09-30
West African Research Association $ 67,000   2020-10-012021-09-30
Palestinian American Research Center $ 69,682   2020-10-012021-09-30
American Center Of Research, Incorporated, The $ 70,000   2020-10-012021-09-30
American Center For Mongolian $ 68,800   2020-10-012021-09-30
American Institute For Indonesian Studies $ 69,310   2020-10-012021-09-30
American Institute Of Afghanistan Studies $ 52,855   2020-10-012021-09-30
American Research Institute In Turkey Inc $ 67,750   2020-10-012021-09-30
American Institute Of Pakistan Studies $ 70,000   2020-10-012021-09-30

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

Grants may be used to pay all or a portion of the cost of establishing or operating a center or program, including the cost of faculty and staff stipends and salaries; faculty, staff, and student travel; the operation and maintenance of overseas facilities; the cost of teaching and research materials; the cost of bringing visiting scholars and faculty to a center to teach or to conduct research; the cost of organizing and managing conferences; and the cost of publishing and disseminating materials for the scholarly and general public.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Secretary shall only award grants to centers that: (1) receive more than 50 percent of their funding from public or private United States sources; (2) have a permanent presence in the country in which the center is located; and (3) are organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which are exempt from taxation under Section 501(a) of the Code.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Consortia of institutions of higher education that (1) receive more than 50 percent of their funding from public or private United States sources; (2) have a permanent presence in the country in which the center is located; and (3) are organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which are exempt from taxation under Section 501(a) of the Code will benefit.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 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 centers may submit an application for funding when a new competition is announced in the Federal Register. Application forms and guidelines for the submission of applications are available from the Office of International and Foreign Language Education at the Department of Education.

Award Procedures

Applications are evaluated by peer review panels with area studies expertise. Funding recommendations are made to the Secretary based on the outcome of the peer review process.


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


Higher Education Act, as amended, Title VI, Part A, Section 609.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The approval time is approximately 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Centers selected to receive funds for the 4-year project period must submit annual performance reports for continuation of support. Continuation grant awards are subject to the availability of funds.

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

Grants are awarded for 12-month periods for a total project period of up to 48 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Funded centers submit annual performance reports through the International Resource Information System (IRIS).

The annual performance reports provide narratives about the status of project activities, including evaluation efforts, as well as the center?s progress toward achieving the objectives for the reporting period.

The annual reports also provide information about budget expenditures during the reporting period.

A final performance report is due 90 days after the end date of the final budget period of the project.

Financial status reports are not required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

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 grants or relating to accountability for awarded funds must be available on request: (1) for 3 years after the close of the fiscal year that the grant expired; or (2) until the grantee is notified that the fiscal audit has closed, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $756,732; FY 17 est $543,266; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is governed by the authorizing legislation and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79 through 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. Contact the program office for more information.

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

Applications for awards will be evaluated competitively in accordance with the selection criteria published in 34 CFR 75.209 and 75.210. The Secretary will weigh criteria using points indicated in the application package or in a notice published in the Federal Register. Applicants should address the selection criteria only in the context of the program requirements in Title VI, Part A, Section 609 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

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