Academic Exchange Programs - English Language Programs
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 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 – 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 purpose of English Language Programs is to support the participation of U.S. English language educators in exchanges overseas, and the participation of underserved foreign students and teachers of English as a foreign language in English study courses, professional development, and international exchanges.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of State
Office: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: English Access Microscholarship Program (Access): Under FY14 funding, approximately 15,000 bright, economically disadvantaged 13 to 20 year old students will receive scholarships to study English through the worldwide Access Program.
English Language Fellow Program: Approximately 153 English Language Fellows were placed in 10-month programs in 59countries for Academic Year 2014-15.
English Language Specialist Program: In 2014, 81English Language Specialists conducted 93 projects in 55 countries.
E-Teacher Scholarship Program: For Academic Year 2014-15, over 1,375 teachers participated in the E-Teacher Scholarship program worldwide. An additional estimated 40,000 more participated in the second iteration of the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), Shaping the Way We Teach English, launched during FY14. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
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?
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.
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.
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?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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.
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/validated by an authorized Grants Officer, and sent via GrantSolutions.gov to the recipient’s responsible officer identified in the application.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.
How are proposals selected?
As stated in Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.
How may assistance be used?
Funding is provided to non-profit organizations to support their work in designing and administering programs as well as coordinating program logistics for U.S. English language educators, underserved foreign students and teachers of English as a foreign language as participants in study and professional development and international exchanges. Funding to those organizations supports activities such as publicity and recruitment, screening of applications, communication with recipients, payment of stipends, and the provision of enrichment activities.
The English Language Fellow Program fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries by sending talented, highly qualified U.S. educators in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) on ten-month fellowships to overseas academic institutions in all regions of the world. The Program promotes English language learning and enhances English teaching capacity abroad.
The English Language Specialist Program recruits U.S. academics and professionals in the fields of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to conduct programs overseas for a minimum of two weeks.
The English Access Micro scholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to bright, economically disadvantaged 13 to 20 year-olds through after-school classes and intensive summer learning activities. Access students also gain an appreciation for U.S. culture and democratic values through cultural enhancement activities. The E-Teacher Scholarship Program is designed to improve the quality of overseas English language teaching through the use innovative distance learning technology. Participants are English teaching professionals who receive instruction from U.S. experts in the most recent English language teaching methods and techniques.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Financial and Program Reporting requirements are described in the Grants.gov announcement. Cash reports are not applicable. No progress reports are required. As stated in the Grants.gov announcements. As stated in the Grants.gov announcements.
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 Requirements, 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.
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 Domestic Financial Assistance 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: Assistance is awarded/released through the Department's central financial management database.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Caryn Danz English Language Fellow Program:
Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, English Language Fellow Program, 2200 C Street, NW
SA-05, Rm.4B14, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: DanzCB@state.gov
Phone: (202) 632-9412
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $36,800,000; FY 15 est $36,800,000; and FY 16 est $36,800,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$1,800,000 to $25,000,000.
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