Overseas Programs Special Bilateral Projects


To increase mutual understanding and knowledge between the people of the United States and those in other countries by offering qualified U.S. educators opportunities to participate in short-term study seminars abroad on topics in the social sciences and the humanities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended, Section 102(b)(6), Public Law 87-256
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must (1) be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status; (2) hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; (3) have at least 3 years full-time in teaching, administering or supervising in the arts, humanities, or social sciences; (4) be currently employed full-time in teaching, administering or supervising in the aforementioned areas; (5) meet any language requirements if applicable (see the application booklet for details). If selected, awardees must furnish evidence of good health and emotional maturity.
Beneficiary Eligibility
(1) Undergraduate faculty members of 4 year colleges/universities and 2-year community colleges in the fields of the arts, humanities and social sciences; (2) supervisors and secondary (grades 9 through 12) and elementary and junior high school (grades K through 8) teachers of the arts, humanities, and social sciences; and (3) curriculum development specialists, administrators of local and State education agencies who have direct responsibility for developing curriculum in the subject areas encompassed by the arts, humanities, social sciences.
Applicants' basic data; education and professional preparation; present and previous employment; specific statement of objectives; plans to utilize the knowledge and experience gained from the seminar; involvement in educational/professional/civic groups, associations/organizations; personal traits; honors/awards/publications, etc.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. The International Education Graduate Programs Team in the Office of International and Foreign Language Education/Office of Postsecondary Education at the Department of Education publishes an annual announcement of opportunities and conducts open competition to select participants. Binational commissions or foundations or other appropriate agencies receive funding to conduct the seminars. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency must be used for this program.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Eligible applicants may submit applications for a position in one of the seminars when the announcement of a new competition is made though journals, newsletters, educational associations, individuals, etc.
Award Procedure
Recommendations are made to the Secretary of Education following advice from a panel of consultants. 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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applicants notified in March of selection for seminars.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Contact the program office for information.
How may assistance be used?
Program funds provide round-trip economy airfare, room and board, tuition, and fees for seminars. Actual locations may vary from year-to-year. No dependents are to accompany awardees participating in seminars.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Contact program office.
Not applicable.
Retained for one year.
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
From 4 to 6 weeks. The information is included in the award documents.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Matthew Robinson
International and Foreign Language Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: (202) 453-6950
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$735,000.00; FY 23 est $750,000.00; FY 24 est $750,000.00; FY 21$677,500.00; FY 20$618,600.00; FY 19$617,366.00; FY 18$680,600.00; FY 17$532,300.00; FY 16$532,300.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by competition.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Education Department General Administrative Regulations. Program announcements and related information are available from the Office of International and Foreign Language Education within the Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available.