FR Doc 03-21814
[Federal Register: August 26, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 165)]
[Page 51259-51261]
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[CFDA No. 84.022A]

Office of Postsecondary Education; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral 
Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program; Notice Inviting 
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

    Purpose of Program: The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation 
Research Abroad Fellowship Program provides opportunities for graduate 
students to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern 
foreign languages and area studies.
    For FY 2004 the competition for new awards focuses on projects 
designed to meet the priority we describe in the PRIORITY section of 
this application notice.
    Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education.
    Applications Available: August 26, 2003.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: October 20, 2003.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$4,580,000 for Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad 
Fellowship Program new awards for FY 2004. The actual level of funding, 
if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting 
applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if 
Congress appropriates funds for this program.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $15,000-$60,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Fellowship Awards: $26,941.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 170 fellowships.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 

    Project Period: The institutional project period is 18 months 
beginning July 1, 2004. Students may request funding for 6-12 months.
    Page Limit: The application narrative is where the student 
applicant addresses the selection criteria that reviewers use to 
evaluate the application. The student must limit the narrative to the 
equivalent of no more than 10 pages, and the references to the 
equivalent of no more than 2 pages, using the following standards:

The page limit does not apply to the cover sheet; the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; the assurances and certifications; or the bibliography. However, the student must include the complete response to the selection criteria in the application narrative.

We will reject an application if-- Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99; and (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 662. Priority This competition focuses on projects designed to meet a priority in the regulations for this program (34 CFR 662.21(d)). Absolute Priority: A research project that focuses on one or more of the following areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (Canada, Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean). Please note that applications that propose projects focused on Western Europe will not be funded. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet the priority. Performance Measures: The effectiveness of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program will be measured by the improvement in the language proficiency of fellows. All grantees will [[Page 51260]] be expected to provide documentation of the improved language proficiency of fellows through the Department's Evaluation of Exchange, Language, International and Area Studies (EELIAS) electronic reporting system for the purposes of assessing the effectiveness of individual projects and the program overall. Application Procedures: The Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA) of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-277) and the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Pub. L. 106-107) encourage us to undertake initiatives to improve our grant processes. Enhancing the ability of individuals and entities to conduct business with us electronically is a major part of our response to these Acts. Therefore, we are taking steps to adopt the Internet as our chief means of conducting transactions in order to improve services to our customers and to simplify and expedite our business processes. Note: Some of the procedures in these instructions for transmitting applications differ from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR 75.102). Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department generally offers interested parties the opportunity to comment on proposed regulations. However, these amendments make procedural changes only and do not establish new substantive policy. Therefore, under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A), the Secretary has determined that proposed rulemaking is not required. We are requiring that applications for grants for FY 2004 under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program be submitted electronically using e-Application available through the Department's e-GRANTS system. The e-GRANTS system is accessible through its portal page at: An applicant who is unable to submit an application through the e- GRANTS system may submit a written request for a waiver of the electronic submission requirement. In the request, the applicant should explain the reason or reasons that prevent the applicant from using the Internet to submit the application. The request should be addressed to: Karla Ver Bryck Block or Sara Starke, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K St., NW., Suite 6000, Washington, DC 20006-8521. Please submit your request no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If, within two weeks of the application deadline date, an applicant is unable to submit an application electronically, the applicant must submit a paper application by the application deadline date in accordance with the transmittal instructions in the application package. The paper application must include a written request for a waiver documenting the reasons that prevented the applicant from using the Internet to submit the application. Pilot Project for Electronic Submission of Applications In FY 2004, the Department is continuing to expand its pilot project for electronic submission of applications to include additional formula grant programs and additional discretionary grant competitions. The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program--CFDA 84.022A is one of the programs included in the pilot project. If you are an applicant under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program, you must submit your application to us in electronic format or receive a waiver. The pilot project involves the use of the Electronic Grant Application System (e-Application). Users of e-Application will be entering data on-line while completing their applications. You may not e-mail a soft copy of a grant application to us. The data you enter on- line will be saved into a database. We shall continue to evaluate the success of e-Application and solicit suggestions for its improvement. Note: In order for institutions to apply electronically, potential project directors must email the following information to first and last name of potential project director, university, and email address. This information must be submitted no later than September 8, 2003. If you participate in e-Application, please note the following: The Department must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability before granting you an extension. To request this extension or to confirm the Department's acknowledgement of any system unavailability, you may contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or (2) the e- GRANTS help desk at 1-888-336-8930. You may access the electronic grant application for the Fulbright- Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program at: Note: An applicant institution of higher education must submit all individual applications in electronic format unless the institution receives a waiver of this requirement. Individuals interested in funding under this program must check with [[Page 51261]] the applicant institution to see if the institution is participating in e-Application, or has requested a waiver. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karla Ver Bryck Block or Sara Starke, International Education and Graduate Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Suite 6000, Washington, DC 20006- 8521. Telephone: (202) 502-7632 or via Internet: If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application package in an alternative format by contacting that person. However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternative format the standard forms included in the application package. Electronic Access to This Document You may view this document, as well as all other Department of Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530. You may also view this document in PDF at the following site: Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: Program Authority: 22 U.S.C. 2452(b)(6). Dated: August 21, 2003. Sally L. Stroup, Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. 03-21814 Filed 8-25-03; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000-01-P