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U.S. Department of Education: Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program

Deadline: March 7, 2017

The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program seeks to promote, improve, and develop modern foreign languages and area studies at varying levels of education. The program provides opportunities for faculty, teachers, and undergraduate and graduate students to conduct individual and group projects overseas to carry out research and study in the fields of modern foreign languages and area studies. This competition will support both Fulbright-Hays GPA short-term projects (GPA short-term projects) and Fulbright-Hays GPA long-term projects (GPA long-term projects).

There are three types of GPA short-term projects: 1) short-term seminar projects of four to six weeks in length designed to increase the linguistic or cultural competency of U.S. students and educators by focusing on a particular aspect of area study, such as the culture of an area or country of study; 2) curriculum development projects of four to eight weeks in length that provide participants an opportunity to acquire resource materials for curriculum development in modern foreign language and area studies for use and dissemination in the U.S.; and 3) group research or study projects of three to twelve months in duration designed to give participants the opportunity to undertake research or study in a foreign country.

GPA long-term projects are advanced overseas intensive language projects that may be carried out during a full year, an academic year, a semester, a trimester, a quarter, or a summer. GPA long-term projects are designed to take advantage of the opportunities in the foreign country that are not present in the U.S. when providing intensive advanced foreign language training. Only participants who have successfully completed at least two academic years of training in the language to be studied are eligible for language training under this program. In addition, the language to be studied must be indigenous to the host country and maximum use must be made of local institutions and personnel.

The following absolute and preference priorities are included:

  • Absolute preference priority – specific geographic regions of the world: A group project that focuses on one or more of the following geographic regions of the world: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere (Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), Eastern and Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Near East.
  • Competitive preference priority 1: Applications for GPA short-term projects from the following types of selected institutions and organizations: Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), community colleges, new applications, and state educational agencies (SEAs).
  • Competitive preference priority 2: Applications for GPA long-term advanced overseas intensive language training projects from MSIs.
  • Competitive preference priority 3: Applications that propose GPA short-term or GPA long-term projects that provide substantive training and thematic focus on any of the 78 priority languages selected from the U.S. Department of Education’s list of Less Commonly Taught Languages (see solicitation for listing).
  • Competitive preference priority 4: Applications that propose short-term projects abroad that develop and improve foreign language studies, area studies, or both at elementary and secondary schools by including K–12 teachers or K–12 administrators as at least 50 percent of the project participants.

Amount: A total of $2,792,440 is available with short-term projects ranging from $50,000-$100,000 and averaging $80,059, and long-term projects ranging from $50,000-$250,000 and averaging $185,025. It is estimated that five awards will be made for short-term projects and 15 awards will be made for long-term projects. The short-term project period is up to 18 months and the long-term project period is up to 24 months.

Eligibility: Institutions of higher education; state departments of education; private nonprofit educational organizations; and consortia of these entities.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291056

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