Overseas Programs - Faculty Research Abroad


To contribute to the development and improvement of modern foreign language and area studies in the U.S. by providing opportunities for scholars to conduct research abroad.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2012 No current data available.
Fiscal Year 2010 Eighteen new grants are expected to be awarded in FY 2010. 16 awards and 18 participants
Fiscal Year 2011 No awards made.
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
Institutions of higher education may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
A faculty member is eligible to receive an award if he or she (a)(1) Is a citizen or national of the United States; or (2) Is a permanent resident of the United States; (b) Is employed by an institution of higher education; (c) Has been engaged in teaching relevant to his or her foreign language or area studies specialization for the two years immediately preceding the date of the award; (d) Proposes research relevant to his or her modern foreign language or area specialization which is not dissertation research for a doctoral degree; and (e) Possesses sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the research project
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. Eligible institutions will be responsible for accepting, screening, and applying through the Department of Education's e-Application website to the International Education Programs Service (IEPS) those individual applications that meet the institution's technical and academic criteria and the program's eligibility requirements. 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. Faculty members may address requests for general information to the Advanced Training and Research Team (ATRT), IEPS. Completed applications should be submitted directly to the faculty member's employing institution, which will then be submitted to the Department via e-Application.
Award Procedure
The IEPS will make the initial selection and recommendation of fellowship recipients with the advice of a panel of academic specialists in modern foreign language and area studies and comments by U.S. embassies and binational commissions in the proposed countries of research. The selections are subject to review and final approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB). The grants for successful scholars are made to the institutions which employ the faculty members.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
180 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The following selection criteria for this program are from 34 CFR 663.21 and are as follows: The maximum score for all of the criteria, including the competitive preference priority is 105 points. The maximum score for each criterion is indicated in parentheses. Quality of proposed project (60 points): In determining the quality of the research project proposed by the applicant, the Secretary considers (1) The statement of the major hypotheses to be tested or questions to be examined, and the description and justification of the research methods to be used (10 points); (2) The relationship of the research to the literature on the topic and to major theoretical issues in the field, and the project's originality and importance in terms of the concerns of the discipline (10 points); (3) The preliminary research already completed or plans for research prior to going overseas, and the kinds, quality and availability of data for the research in the host country or countries (10 points); (4) The justification for overseas field research and preparations to establish appropriate and sufficient research contacts and affiliations abroad (10 points); (5) The applicant's plans to share the results of the research in progress with scholars and officials of the host country or countries and the American scholarly community (10 points); and (6) The objectives of the project regarding the sponsoring institution's plans for developing or strengthening, or both, curricula in modern foreign languages and area studies (10 points). Qualifications of the applicant (40 points): In determining the qualifications of the applicant, the Secretary considers (1) The overall strength of the applicant's academic record (teaching, research, contributions, professional association activities) (10 points); (2) The applicant's excellence as a teacher or researcher, or both, in his or her area or areas of specialization (10 points); (3) The applicant's proficiency in one or more of the languages (other than English and the applicant's native language) of the country or countries of research, and the specific measures to be taken to overcome any anticipated language barriers (15 points); and (4) The applicant's ability to conduct research in a foreign cultural context, as evidenced by the applicant's previous overseas experience, or documentation provided by the sponsoring institution, or both (5 points). Subject to change. Contact program officer for further information.
How may assistance be used?
Generally, awards are not available for projects focusing primarily on Western Europe or on countries where the United States has no diplomatic representation. This program funds fellowships through institutions of higher education (IHEs) to faculty members who propose to conduct research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies to improve their skill in languages and knowledge of the culture of the people of these countries. Funds support: travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research, a maintenance stipend for the fellow related to his or her academic year salary, and an allowance for research-related expenses overseas such as books and photocopying, tuition, affiliation fees, local travel, and other incidental expenses. Fellowships are adjusted for duplicating support.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Grantees are subject to audit requirements as described in 34 CFR 74.26.
Records bearing on receipt and expenditure of grant funds must be made available for the Department inspection: (1) For 3 years after the close of the fiscal year in which expenditures are made if departmental audit has occurred by that time; (2) until audit or for 5 years following end of budget period in which grant expired, whichever is later; or (3) until resolution of outstanding 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
From 3 to 12 months. This information is included in the award document.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Cynthia Dudzinski,
Advanced Training and Research Team, International Education Programs Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: (202) 502-7589.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 10$1,743,620.00; FY 11 est $0.00; FY 12 est $0.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by competition
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
34 CFR 663, and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.