FR Doc 03-21814
[Federal Register: August 26, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 165)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
[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:
- A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1[sec]
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
- Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch)
all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings,
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
- Use a font that is either 12-point or larger or no smaller
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
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
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.
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
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
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: http://e-grants.ed.gov.
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
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
email@example.com: 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:
- You apply these standards and exceed the page limit; or
- You apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the
- When you enter the e-Application system, you will find
information about its hours of operation. We strongly recommend that
you do not wait until the application deadline date to initiate an e-
- You will not receive additional point value because you
submit a grant application in electronic format, nor will we penalize
you if you submit an application in paper format.
- You must submit all documents electronically, except
transcripts, including the Application for Federal Education Assistance
(ED 424), and all necessary assurances and certifications. Transcripts
must be mailed separately.
- Your e-Application must comply with any page limit
requirements described in this notice.
- After you electronically submit your application, you will
receive an automatic acknowledgement, which will include a PR/Award
number (an identifying number unique to your application).
- Within three working days after submitting your electronic
application, fax a signed copy of the Application for Federal Education
Assistance (ED 424) to the Application Control Center after following
- Print ED 424 from e-Application.
- The institution's Authorizing Representative must sign this
- Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the
hard copy signature page of the ED 424.
- Fax the signed ED 424 to the Application Control Center at (202)
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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Program Authority: 22 U.S.C. 2452(b)(6).
Dated: August 21, 2003.
Sally L. Stroup,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.
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BILLING CODE 4000-01-P
- We may request that you give us original signatures on
other forms at a later date.
- Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of System
Unavailability: If you are prevented from submitting your application
on the application deadline date because the e-Application system is
unavailable, we will grant you an extension of one business day in
order to transmit your application electronically, by mail, or by hand
delivery. For us to grant this extension--
- You must be a registered user of e-Application and have
initiated an e-Application for this competition; and
- The e-Application system must be unavailable for 60 minutes or more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date; or
- The e-Application system must be unavailable for any period of
time during the last hour of operation (that is, for any period of time
between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time) on the application