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CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

19.412:  Educational Exchange: Postgraduates and Faculty

Popular Name:  (Regional Scholar Exchange Program with the New Independent States)

Objectives:  To give scholars from the U.S. and the NIS opportunity to research, write, and publish, disseminates their research; share their perspectives, collaborate and cooperate with their counterparts in the host country; and participate as part of an electronic community of scholars.

PROGRAM AND AWARD FINANCIAL AND INFORMATION CONTACTS
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS INFORMATION CONTACTS
RELATED PROGRAMS ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS


19.412 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  Organizations must have 4 years of experience in exchanges to qualify for grants of more than $60,000. For grants to place and monitor participants, experience conducting academic exchanges is necessary. The organizations providing administration and recruitment/selection must have in-country offices in the NIS.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  U.S. or NIS faculty in the social sciences or advanced graduate students who would like to conduct research for three or six months on a topic in their academic field abroad. Application is through a merit-based open competition.

Credentials/Documentation:  Organizations must have four years of experience in exchanges to qualify for grants of more than $60,000. For grants to place and monitor participants, experience conducting academic exchanges are necessary. The organizations providing administration and recruitment/selection must have in-country offices in the NIS.

19.412 APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Preapplication Coordination:  Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:  For the administration of the program, and open competition is held every three years and is published in the Federal Register. For participation in the program and open competition is held once a year by the administering organization and is advertised through mass mailings, presentations, journals, professional associations, the Internet and other sources.

Award Procedure:  Funding decisions are at the discretion of the Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs and are based on the advice of a panel of reviewers and various Department offices. Final technical authority resides with the Office of Contracts.

Deadlines:  Varies.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:  Varies.

Appeals:  Not applicable.

Renewals:  Are possible for the administration, but not for participation awards.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  Not applicable.

Examples of Funded Projects:  Through the program, scholars are provided with the opportunity to research, write, and publish their work, as well as to participate in lectures, conferences, and seminars in their host countries.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  $13,000 to $24,000.

19.412 RELATED PROGRAMS:

None.

19.412 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In fiscal year 1999, 95 RSEP fellowships were awarded. Eighty-seven for NIS scholars for research in the U.S. and 8 for U.S. scholars for research in the NIS. In fiscal year 2000, the same number of fellowships will be awarded.

19.412 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

Federal Agency:  BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Type of Assistance:  Project Grants.

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $1,500,000; FY 00 est $1,500,000; and FY 01 est $1,500,000.

Budget Account Number:  19-0201-0-1-154.

Authorization:  Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended, Public Law 87-256, Fulbright-Hays Act.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  The Regional Scholar Exchange Program Fact Sheet is published by the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Academic Programs, European Branch, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547.

19.412 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  None.

Headquarters Office:  Department of State, Office of Academic Exchanges, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20547. Phone: (202) 205-0525; Fax: (202) 260-7985. Contact: Lucy Jilka.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

19.412 ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:  Cost-sharing required from grantee organizations.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:  Usually 18 months to two years.

Uses and Use Restrictions:  Grants are awarded to private non-profit organizations to recruit, select, place, monitor, evaluate, and provide follow-on activities for NIS and U.S. faculty in the social sciences and humanities.

19.412 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  Reports are required of administering organization and individual grantees.

Audits:  None.

Records:  As prescribed by grant terms.

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