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National Resource Centers Program for Foreign Language and Area Studies or Foreign Language and International Studies Program and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Program

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education

Objectives:

Centers: To promote instruction in modern foreign languages and area and international studies that are critical to national needs by supporting the establishment, strengthening and operation of such programs at colleges and universities. Centers may focus on undergraduate training only or may be comprehensive, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional training components. Fellowships: To meet the needs of the United States for experts in modern foreign languages combined with area studies and world affairs by supporting fellowships for undergraduate and graduate study at institutions of higher education.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $32,583,000; FY 10 est $34,219,000; FY 11 est $34,219,000 - For Centers. (Project Grants) FY 09 $33,097,000; FY 10 est $35,400,000; FY 11 est $35,400,000 - For Fellowships.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Centers: Funds may be used for instructional costs of language and area and international studies programs, administration, lectures, conferences, library resources and staff, outreach, and travel. Fellowships: Funds may be used for academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education (IHEs) in order to assist graduate students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. A fellowhip awarded to an undergraduate student may include an allowance for educational programs in the United States or education programs abroad that meet certain criteria.

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:

PROJECT GRANTS

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Varies by competition.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Centers: Grants are awarded for project period of up to 48 months. Payments are made as stipulated in the grant. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds. Fellowships: Academic year and summer fellowship awards to student recipients are made by the institutions on a competitive basis. If summer fellowships are issued, they will be for a summer session in which the equivalent of an academic year's foreign language study is completed. Payments are made by the grantee institution. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: This information is included in the award document.

Applicant Eligibility:

Centers: U.S. institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. Applying institutions provide evidence of existing resources and institutional commitment to language and area and international studies through a curriculum that provides instruction dealing with a particular country or world area and its languages, or with international studies and modern foreign languages, including the international aspects of professional or other fields of study. Fellowships: Accredited U.S. institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education offering area or international studies programs combined with language study are eligible to apply for allocations of fellowships.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Centers: U.S. institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education will benefit. Fellowships: Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in funded centers and programs will benefit. Student candidates must be U.S. citizens or nationals or permanent residents training in area or international studies and in modern foreign languages programs that have or are developing performance-based language instruction. Undergraduate students must be engaged in intermediate level study or above of a less commonly taught language. Training must be undertaken through an institution that has an allocation of Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.

Award Procedure:

Centers: Final recommendations are made to the Secretary following evaluations from panels of experts that evaluate applications according to published selection criteria. Fellowships: The student should contact his/her sponsoring institution for information concerning application forms, deadlines, and related matters. Institutional proposals are approved or disapproved by the Secretary, following the same procedures as for Center applications.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Carla White, International Education Programs Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20006 Email: carla.white@ed.gov Phone: (202) 502-7631.

Website Address:

http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsnrc/; or http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsflasf/.

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