National Resource Centers Program for Foreign Language and Area Studies or Foreign Language and International Studies Program and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Program
Centers: To promote instruction in modern foreign languages and area and international studies that are critical to national needs by supporting the establishment, strengthening and operation of such programs at colleges and universities. Centers may focus on undergraduate training only or may be comprehensive, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional training components. Fellowships: To meet the needs of the United States for experts in modern foreign languages combined with area studies and world affairs by supporting fellowships for undergraduate and graduate study at institutions of higher education.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2017
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2018
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2019
No Current Data Available.Fiscal Year 2020
To reflect FY 2020 obligations and other technical corrections.
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title VI, Part A, Section 602
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Centers: U.S. institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. Applying institutions provide evidence of existing resources and institutional commitment to language and area and international studies through a curriculum that provides instruction dealing with a particular country or world area and its languages, or with international studies and modern foreign languages, including the international aspects of professional or other fields of study. Fellowships: Accredited U.S. institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education offering area or international studies programs combined with language study are eligible to apply for allocations of fellowships.
Centers: U.S. institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education will benefit. Fellowships: Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in funded centers and programs will benefit. Student candidates must be U.S. citizens or nationals or permanent residents training in area or international studies and in modern foreign languages programs that have or are developing performance-based language instruction. Undergraduate students must be engaged in intermediate level study or advanced study of a less commonly taught language. Training must be undertaken through an institution that has an allocation of Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.
Contact program office.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. 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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Eligible institutions may submit proposals for the funding of centers only, fellowships only, or both when the announcement of a new competition is issued in the Federal Register. Application forms and guidelines for the submission of proposals are available from the Office of the International and Foreign Language Education at the Department of Education.
Centers: Final recommendations are made to the Secretary following evaluations from panels of experts that evaluate applications according to published selection criteria. Fellowships: The student should contact his/her sponsoring institution for information concerning application forms, deadlines, and related matters. Institutional proposals are approved or disapproved by the Secretary, following the same procedures as for Center applications.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. About 120 days.
Higher education institutions receiving funds for four-year phased program support must submit annual performance reports for the second, third and fourth year for continuation of such support. Students seeking fellowships apply to their institutions for each summer or academic year award period. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
34 CFR 655, 656, and 657 apply to the Centers and Fellowships Programs. Selection criteria for evaluating applications and selecting centers are listed in the Title VI, International and Foreign Language Education Program Regulations in 34 CFR 655.31, 656.21 or 656.22. The Secretary will weigh criteria using points indicated in the application package or in a notice published in the Federal Register. 34 CFR 657.21 gives the criteria for selection of institutional awards for fellowship allocations. The Secretary will weigh criteria using points indicated in the application package or in a notice published in the Federal Register.
How may assistance be used?
Centers: Funds may be used for instructional costs of language and area and international studies programs, administration, lectures, conferences, library resources and staff, outreach, and travel. Fellowships: Funds may be used for academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education (IHEs) in order to assist undergraduate and graduate students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. A fellowship awarded to an undergraduate student may include an allowance for educational programs in the United States or education programs abroad that meet certain criteria.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of the required annual performance report.
Grantees are subject to audit requirements as described in 34 CFR 74.26.
All records supporting claims under grant or relating to the accountability for awarded funds must be available upon request: (1) for 3 years after close of the fiscal year in which the grant expired or (2) until the grantee is notified of completion of Federal financial audit, whichever is later. Fellowships: All records bearing on the receipt and expenditure of funds under the program must be available for inspection by the Department: (1) for 3 years after the fiscal year in which grant funds are spent, (2) until audited or for 5 years after grant, or (3) until resolution of any audit questions.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Centers: Grants are awarded for project periods of up to 48 months. Payments are made as stipulated in the grant. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds. Fellowships: Academic year and summer fellowship awards to student recipients are made by the institutions on a competitive basis. If summer fellowships are issued, they will be for a summer session in which the equivalent of an academic year's foreign language study is completed. Payments are made by the grantee institution. This information is included in the award document.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
International and Foreign Language Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$30,852,116.00; FY 19 est $30,343,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$30,343,000.00; FY 16$30,343,000.00; - For Fellowships.(Project Grants) FY 18$22,743,107.00; FY 19 est $22,743,107.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$22,743,107.00; FY 16$22,743,107.00; - For Centers.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by competition.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
34 CFR 655, 656, and 657, and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.