Academic Exchange Programs - Scholars

 

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. ECA programs foster engagement and encourage dialogue with citizens around the world. Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of leaders and future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today. ECA programs inform, engage, and influence participants across strategic sectors of society – including young people, women, teachers, scholars, journalists, and other professionals – increasing the number of foreign individuals who have first-hand experience with Americans and with the values of freedom, representative government, rule of law, economic choice, and individual dignity, while building international knowledge and capacity among Americans. The Fulbright Scholar Program offers opportunities for American and foreign scholars to conduct research, lecture, and/or consult with other scholars and institutions in the U.S. and abroad. The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars strengthens curricula and improves the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions overseas.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
19.401
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of State
Office: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Approximately 460 Fulbright Specialist Program projects were funded in FY 2014.
Approximately 185 scholars and teachers from around the world participated in Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars. They were hosted by nine different U.S. universities across the United States,. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Authorization
The Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended., Public Law 87-256, 22 U.S.C 2451.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State awards grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions. Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application. Please refer to the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries include recipient organizations, educational institutions, other non-government organizations (NGOs) that meet the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3), as well as sponsored participants, and the American people and the people of participating countries who interact with the international participants.
Credentials/Documentation
Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State awards grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions. Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application. Please refer to the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria. OMB Circular2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E Cost Principles under Special Considerations for States, Local Governments, and Indian Tribes applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600 entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Announcements are posted on the Grants.gov and Department of State's website: http://eca.state.gov/organizational-funding or GrantSolutions.gov website for organizations meeting eligibility requirements. Announcements are made as necessary during the fiscal year. The application procedures are described in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement.
Award Procedure
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 by an authorized Grants Officer, and mailed to the recipient’s responsible officer identified in the application.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.
How are proposals selected?
As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.
How may assistance be used?
The flagship international exchange program sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Funding is provided to non-profit organizations, colleges, and universities to support their work in designing and administering programs as well as coordinating program logistics. Funding supports publicity and recruitment, screening of applications, communication with participants, payment of recipient costs, and the provision of enrichment activities. Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars are designed to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions overseas. Foreign university faculty, secondary educators and other scholars spend approximately four weeks at host universities where they take part in a series of lectures, seminar discussions and site visits related to each institute’s theme. They learn about American educational philosophies, explore new teaching methods and pursue related research interests. Participants spend the remaining two weeks on a study tour, which complements the academic program and includes visits to sites of interest in another geographic region of the country. Each institute concludes with several days of meetings and related study in Washington, D.C. The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) assists overseas universities or institutions through capacity-buliding activities and institutional linkages by funding short-term visits from U.S. scholars and experienced professionals. The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program enables U.S. colleges and universities to host foreign academics to lecture on a wide range of subject fields for a semester or academic year as part of an internationalization effort. Preference is given to institutions less involved in international exchange and/or institutions serving minority audiences, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, Asian American and Pacific Islander serving Institutions, and small liberal arts colleges and community colleges. Please refer to the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further information.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Financial and Program Reporting requirements are described in the Grants.gov announcement. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Financial and Program Reporting requirements are described in the Grants.gov announcement. As stated in the Grants.gov announcements.
Auditing
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 Circular 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart F Audit Requirement, 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://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx) for additional guidance.
Records
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. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for awards (https://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx) for additional guidance.
Other 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
As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded/released through the Department's central financial management database.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Lana Muck Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, 2200 C Street, NW, SA-5, Fourth Floor, Room 4B07, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: fulbright@state.gov Phone: (202) 632-3238
Website Address
http://exchanges.state.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
19-0201-0-1-154.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $36,076,796; FY 15 est $36,076,796; and FY 16 est $36,076,796
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$239,183 to $33,399,192.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. In addition, organizations should be familiar with OMB Circular 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 www.ecfr.gov website.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 


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