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U.S. Department of Education: Undergraduate International and Foreign Language Program

Deadline: July 22, 2016

The Undergraduate International and Foreign Language Program (UISFL) Program provides grants for planning, developing, and carrying out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages in the U.S. Each program assisted with federal funds must enhance primarily the international academic program of the institution. Eligible activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Development of a global or international studies program that is interdisciplinary in design
  • Development of a program that focuses on issues or topics, such as international business or international health
  • Development of an area studies program and programs in corresponding foreign languages
  • Creation of innovative curricula that combine the teaching of international studies with professional and preprofessional studies, such as engineering
  • Research for and development of specialized teaching materials, including language instruction, i.e., business French
  • Establishment of internship opportunities for faculty and students in domestic and overseas settings
  • Development of study abroad programs

Priorities for the FY2016 competition are detailed below.

Competitive Preference priorities:

  • Applications from Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) or community colleges, whether as individual applicants or as part of a consortium of institutions of higher education (IHEs) or a partnership between nonprofit educational organizations and IHEs. A consortium or partnership must undertake activities designed to incorporate foreign languages into the curriculum of the MSI or community college and to improve foreign language and international or area studies instruction on the MSI or community college campus.
  • Applications from an IHE, a consortium of institutions of higher education, or a partnership between nonprofit educational organizations and IHEs that require entering students to have successfully completed at least two years of secondary school foreign language instruction or that require each graduating student to earn two years of postsecondary credit in a foreign language (or have demonstrated equivalent competence in the foreign language) or, in the case of a two-year degree granting institution, offer two years of postsecondary credit in a foreign language.

Invitational priorities:

  • Applications that propose programs or activities focused on language instruction or the development of area or international studies programs to include language instruction in any of the 78 priority languages selected from the U.S. Department of Education’s list of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) (please refer to the solicitation to view this listing).
  • Applicants that create innovative curricula that combine the teaching of international studies with one of the following academic fields of study: business, economics, public health, international and comparative education, science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Amount: A total of $2,257,434 is available. Single applicant grants will average $86,824 and range from $70,000-$95,000. Consortia or partnership grants will average at $120,000 and range from $90,000-$150,000 each. An estimated total of 48 awards are expected to be made (24 single applicant grants and 24 consortia or partnership grants).

Grantees must provide matching funds in either of the following ways: (i) Cash contributions from private sector corporations or foundations equal to one-third of the total project costs; or (ii) a combination of institutional and non-institutional cash or in-kind contributions including state and private sector corporation or foundation contributions, equal to one half of the total project costs.

Eligibility: (1) IHEs; (2) consortia of IHEs; (3) partnerships between nonprofit educational organizations and IHEs; and (4) public and private nonprofit agencies and organizations, including professional and scholarly associations.

Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsugisf/index.html

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