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19.418:  Educational Exchange: Fulbright American Studies Institutes

Popular Name:  Study of the U.S. Program_Office of Academic Exchange Programs

Objectives:  To provide participants with a deeper understanding of American society, culture and institutions, past and present, in order to improve courses and teaching about the United States abroad.

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


19.418 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  Accredited colleges, universities, consortia of colleges and universities, and other not-for-profit academic organizations that have an established reputation in American studies and related disciplines, and that can demonstrate expertise in conducting post-graduate level programs for foreign educators, are eligible to apply. Applicant institutions must have a minimum of four years' experience in conducting international exchange programs. Proposals from consortia may be submitted by a member institution with documented authority to represent all members. The project director or one of the key program staff responsible for the academic program must have an advanced degree in American studies or a related discipline.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  Participants should be highly-motivated and experienced foreign university faculty, including: teachers; teacher trainers; administrators; department chairs; and, curriculum developers and textbook writers. They will have demonstrated an ability and desire to include aspects of American civilization in their teaching and professional work in their home countries. Participants must be nominated by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or by a Fulbright Commission.

Credentials/Documentation:  See eligibility requirements above.

19.418 APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Preapplication Coordination:  Not applicable.

Application Procedure:  Initial proposals are generally solicited through open competition, and only occasionally through sole-source or limited solicitations.

Award Procedure:  Proposals are analyzed by the Study of the U.S. Branch, and are reviewed by an impartial panel of senior Department of State officers. Final funding decisions are at the discretion of the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State. Final technical authority rests with the Grants Division of the Office of the Executive Director.

Deadlines:  Deadline dates are specified in the requests for proposals (RFP's) or in the letter of solicitation.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:  Grant decisions are usually complete within three months of the due date of the proposals.

Appeals:  Not applicable.

Renewals:  Based on host institution performance and demand for the program among the overseas audience, applicants may be asked to submit renewal proposals for up to two years following the initial award.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  Overall quality, program planning, institutional capacity, diversity, experience with foreign educators, evaluation and follow-up, administration and management, and cost effectiveness.

Examples of Funded Projects:  Summer Institute on the History of the U.S. at New York University; Summer Institute on the U.S. Political System at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; Summer Institute on U.S. Society and Institutions for Foreign Policy Officials at the New School for Social Research; Summer Institute on American Contemporary American Literature at the University of Louisville.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  $155,000 to $240,000; $172,000 average.

19.418 RELATED PROGRAMS:

None.

19.418 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In fiscal year 1999, 11 cooperative agreements were awarded to U.S. educational institutions, which hosted over 200 foreign American studies faculty, teacher trainers, textbook writers, curriculum developers and government officials.

19.418 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

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

Type of Assistance:  Project Grants.

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $2,626,000; FY 00 est $2,626,000; and FY 01 est $2,626,000.

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

Authorization:  Public Law 87-256, as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2451.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  Calls for proposals, including guidelines, are published in the Federal Register, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and posted on the internet.

19.418 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  None.

Headquarters Office:  Department of State, ECA/A/E/USS -Study of the U.S. Branch, Attention: William Bate, Room 252 - State Annex 44, 301 4th Street, SW., Washington, DC, 20547, Phone: 202-619-4562. FAX: 202-619-6790. Email: wbate@usia.gov. Website: e.usia.gov/education/amstudy.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

19.418 ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:  Cost-sharing is strongly encouraged, although there is no minimum requirement.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:  Cooperative agreements are usually for periods of 6 to 8 months.

Uses and Use Restrictions:  Through an integrated series of lectures, readings, interactive discussions, research and independent study opportunities, and site visits, the 6-week graduate-level American Studies Institutes provide participants with a multi-dimensional view of the U.S. Host institutions are responsible for institute design and implementation, and all logistical aspects of the program, including: lodging and subsistence; books and materials; allowances; and transportation.

19.418 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  Interim and final program and budget reports are required.

Audits:  All grants are subject to OMB Circular No. A-133.

Records:  Not applicable.

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