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Academic Exchange Programs - Scholars

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State


As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange programs, including the exchange of scholars, researchers, professionals, students, and educators. ECA programs foster engagement and encourage dialogue with citizens around the world. Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today. ECA programs inform, engage, and influence participants across strategic sectors of society – including young people, women, teachers, scholars, journalists, and other professionals – increasing the number of foreign individuals who have first-hand experience with Americans and with the values of freedom, representative government, rule of law, economic choice, and individual dignity, while building international knowledge and capacity among Americans. The Fulbright Scholar Program offers opportunities for American and foreign scholars to conduct research, lecture, and/or consult with other scholars and institutions in the U.S. and abroad. The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions overseas.

Funding obligations:

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $52,745,100; FY 09 est $52,867,350; FY 10 est $0 - FY2010 estimate not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Funding is provided to non-profit organizations, colleges, and universities to support their work in designing and administering programs as well as coordinating program logistics. Funding to these organizations, colleges and universities supports activities such as publicity and recruitment, screening of applications, communication with recipients, payment of stipends, and the provision of enrichment activities. The flagship international exchange program sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It promotes leadership development through learning and international cooperation. For Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars, recipient institutions design and administer thematically focused seminars on a field or topic of U.S. studies where participants interact with American scholars, meet with experts in their disciplines, visit civic institutions, and explore the diversity and culture of the United States. Please refer to the or Federal Register announcement for further information.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Not Applicable.

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:

Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

No Data Available.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

As stated in the and Federal Register announcements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Through the Department's central financial management database.

Applicant Eligibility:

To individuals with the following qualifications: (1) U.S. citizenship at the time of application. (2) Foreign language proficiency, in some cases, for lecturing in certain countries, and for doing field-based research. (3) For lecturing: college or university teaching experience at the level for which application is made or equivalent professional standing in non-academic fields. (4) For research: a doctoral or terminal degree or, in some fields, recognized professional standing as demonstrated by faculty rank, publications, compositions, exhibition record, concerts, etc. Candidates for a doctorate and persons wishing to undertake other pre-doctoral professional training abroad should write to the Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

U.S. citizens who are educational professionals on the post graduate level, or able to lecture or conduct research in professional fields such as law, business, journalism, etc.

Award Procedure:

Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. Successful applicants will receive a Federal Assistance Award (FAA) from the Bureau’s Grants Office. The FAA and the original proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. Government. The FAA will be signed by an authorized Grants Officer, and mailed to the recipient’s responsible officer identified in the application.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Roz Swenson 301 4th Street, S.W., SA-44,, Washington, District of Columbia 20547 Email: Phone: (202) 453-8534

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