Academic Exchange Programs - Undergraduate Programs

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,

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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 purpose of Undergraduate Programs is to provide targeted support for American students to pursue intensive language study abroad and for foreign students to gain a better understanding of the United States, while developing new generations of world leaders.

Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.


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Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Individual Recipient $ 150   2020-01-012020-07-20
Individual Recipient $ 150   2019-08-182020-07-20
Individual Recipient $ 322   2019-08-102020-07-01
Individual Recipient $ 288   2019-08-102020-07-01
Individual Recipient $ 380   2019-08-102020-07-01
Individual Recipient $ 309   2019-08-102020-07-01
Individual Recipient $ 760   2020-02-102020-06-19
Individual Recipient $ 170   2019-08-082020-05-31
Individual Recipient $ 150   2019-08-082020-05-31
Individual Recipient $ 150   2019-08-082020-05-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In 2016, approximately 25 individual UGRAD scholarships were awarded. There were approximately 685 participants in Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders including in YSEALI exchanges. Twenty-four universities, colleges, and NGOs throughout the United States hosted the SUSI and YSEALI students. In FY 2016, 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows from all 48 sub-Saharan African countries participated in the inaugural Fellowship. They were hosted by 38 universities and colleges throughout the United States. In FY 20165, 146242 Community College Initiative Program participants from 1113 countries were placed at U.S. community colleges. In FY 20165, 564550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students studied in fourteen countries and twenty-three institutes across the world through the Critical Language Scholarship Program. In FY 2016, approximately eleven U.S. higher education institutions will receive grants to expand or diversify their study abroad opportunities through the Capacity-Building Program for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data 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 supports publicity and recruitment, screening of applications, communication with participants, payment of participant costs, and the provision of enrichment activities.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program provides one semester scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from underrepresented sectors in Central Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Eurasia, the Near East, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere for non-degree full-time study combined with community service, professional development, and cultural enrichment.

The Study of the U. S. Institutes for Student Leaders are five- to six-week academic programs focusing on topics in U. S. studies for groups of foreign undergraduates.

Hosted by universities, colleges, and NGOs throughout the United States, the Institutes include an intensive academic residency, an educational study tour, leadership development, community service activities, and opportunities for participants to engage with American peers.

The Institutes aim to increase the undergraduates? understanding of U. S. history, government, culture, society, and institutions with the overall goal of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

This model includes the Young Southeast Asian Leaders (YSEALI) Academic Fellowship, which aims to build the leadership capacity of youth in Asia, to strengthen ties between the United States and Asia, and to nurture an ASEAN identity.

YSEALI Academic Fellows take part in five-week programs in the themes of Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues, and Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders also follows the SUSI model but targets young professionals from throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama?s Young African Leaders Initiative.

The Fellowship aims to empower young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.

Fellows take part in a six-week intensive academic and leadership program focused in one of three tracks: business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management followed by a three-day Presidential Summit.

Some fellows also take part in six-week professional development experiences at a U. S. workplace. The Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) provides participants from underserved and underrepresented groups with a one-year non-degree academic program at a U. S. community college in the fields of agriculture; applied engineering; business management and administration; early childhood education; information technology; media; public safety; and tourism and hospitality management.

Participants increase their employment-related skills and knowledge of English, increase their ability to contribute to the economic development of their countries, and promote mutual understanding.

Please refer to the Grants.gov or the GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further information. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences to U. S. undergraduate and graduate students through overseas summer institutes.

CLS Program languages include Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu, with institutes held in countries where the target languages are spoken.

The CLS Program includes twenty hours a week of formal language instruction for 8-10 weeks (equivalent to one full year of language study).

Students also participate in activities that are specifically designed and organized to increase language acquisition and cultural knowledge.

CLS students engage with the local host community by living with host families, meeting weekly with local language partners and engaging in volunteer activities while using the host language.

The CLS program plays a critical role in preparing U. S. students for the 21st century?s globalized workforce and increasing American competitiveness.

The Capacity Building Program for U. S. Undergraduate Study Abroad provides awards to U. S. colleges and universities to expand and diversify their study abroad programs.

The program provides support to approximately 11 U. S. higher educational institutions to expand study abroad opportunities for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad and/or develop programs of study for students to destinations, and/or in disciplines, that have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad.

The goal is to increase the number of students who have the knowledge and skills they need to compete in the global economy and to help address global challenges as well as to develop sustainable study abroad programs that can benefit future cohorts of students.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S.

Department of State awards grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions.

Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).

Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application.

Please refer to the Grants.gov or the GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries include recipient organizations, educational institutions, other non-government organizations (NGOs) that meet the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3), as well as sponsored participants, and the American people and the people of participating countries who interact with the international participants.

Credentials/Documentation

Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State awards project grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions. Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application. Please refer to the Grants.gov or the GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria. OMB Guidance2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E Cost Principles under Special Considerations for States, Local Governments, and Indian Tribes applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Guidance 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600, entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Announcements are posted on the Grants.gov and Department of State's website: http://eca.state.gov/organizational-funding or GrantSolutions.gov website for organizations meeting eligibility requirements. Announcements are made as necessary during the fiscal year. The application procedures are described in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement.

Award Procedures

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/validated by an authorized Grants Officer, and sent via GrantSolutions.gov to the recipient?s responsible officer identified in the application.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

The Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended, Public Law 87-256, 22 U.S.C 2451.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. See Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov for announcement.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

As stated in Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. None. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As stated in Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded/released through the Department's central financial management database. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded/released through the Department's central financial management database.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Financial and Program Reporting requirements are described in the Grants.gov announcement.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

As stated in Grants.gov announcements.

As stated in Grants.gov announcements.

As stated in Grants.gov announcements.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Guidance 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart F Audit Requirements, a nonfederal entity that expends $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity?s fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific-audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. The Recipient must comply with the OMB audit requirements. For all DOS awards, regardless of business type, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in OMB audit requirements. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for awards (https://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx) for additional guidance.

Records

The Recipients must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for awards (https://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx) for additional guidance.

Financial Information

Account Identification

19-0201-0-1-154.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $52,845,728; FY 17 est $52,845,728; and FY 18 est $52,845,728

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$130,000 to $8,600,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. In addition, organizations should be familiar with OMB Guidance 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600 entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. For a copy of the OMB Guidance cited, please contact the U.S. Government Publishing Office or download from www.ecfr.gov website.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Heidi Manley (Critical Language Scholarship Program, Capacity-Building Program for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad and Community College Initiative Program) and Lana Muck (Global Undergraduate Exchange Program and Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student 2200 C Street, NW, SA-5, Fourth Floor, Room 4CC16, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: global@state.gov Phone: (202)632-9265

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As stated in Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.



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