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Overseas Programs - Faculty Research Abroad

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education


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.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $1,398,505; FY 10 est $1,584,200; FY 11 est $1,700,000

Uses and Use Restrictions:

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.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Varies by competition.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

From 3 to 12 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: This information is included in the award document.

Applicant Eligibility:

Institutions of higher education may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Those benefiting: (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.

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 grant covering successful scholars is made to the institutions which employ the faculty members.

Contact Info for 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, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 502-7589.

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