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Announcement: IFLE Awards Over $71 Million in FY 2017 Grants to Strengthen International Studies, World Language Training and Global Experiences for Educators and Students

The U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $71 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 new and non-competing continuation grants to help strengthen the capacity and performance of American education in world languages, world area and international studies, and research. The grant programs are under the Fulbright-Hays Act, also known at the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, and Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and are administered by the International and Foreign Language Education office in the Office of Postsecondary Education.

“There has never been a more critical time to ensure that all our students are prepared for the challenges of an increasingly interconnected global economy”, said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “At the Department, we strive to help all students master the skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary education and in-demand careers. More and more, these careers involve working across cultures, in multinational organizations. The work our students will pursue – even some we can’t imagine yet -- will be increasingly technical and global in nature. We can and must prepare them for what lies ahead.….”

The Department aims to address the nation’s need by preparing leaders who are highly competent in world languages, international studies, and critical thinking skills to fill roles in national security and diplomacy, international business, and to be the educators to help America’s students achieve greater global competence. These grants support our students, teachers, faculty, administrators, and institutions of higher education as they engage in projects focused on international studies, world languages, cross-cultural understanding and research.

In addition to supporting foreign language and area studies instruction and research, Title VI and Fulbright-Hays grantees will use FY 2017 grant awards to create interdisciplinary curriculum projects, establish collaborations with minority-serving institutions and community colleges, and develop programs that expand global opportunities for K-16 educators. For example, Savannah State University, a historically black university (HBCU), in partnership with the Savannah Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS), will undertake a short-term Group Project Abroad (GPA-ST) in Ghana to expose a group of SCCPSS middle- and high-school teachers and SSU faculty members to the historically significant relationship that exists between Savannah, a major port city during the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade, and the West Coast of Africa, the departure point for a large number of slaves. Through new courses and modules in existing courses, the project intends to make the social sciences more interesting and relevant to students at both the secondary and postsecondary levels.

Other GPA-ST projects bring together global studies and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. For example, the Global Teach Ag Consortium, comprising Pennsylvania State University, Hawkeye Community College, and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, will carry out an innovative group study abroad project for U.S. pre-service and current agricultural educators at the secondary and postsecondary levels. The project aims to give globally-minded agricultural education teachers the opportunity to link content and practice through a short-term experience in a contextually relevant situation in Malaysia.

Seven GPA Long-Term (GPA-LT) projects will provide advanced intensive language and area studies training to US students and educators in Arabic (Morocco), Yoruba (Nigeria), Mandarin Chinese (China), Indonesian (Indonesia), Russian (Russia), Persian (Tajikistan), and Turkish (Turkey). For example, the “Siberia by Southwest” program administered by the University of Texas (UT) at Austin will provide 20 educators, undergraduates, and graduates at the third and fourth-year levels of language proficiency with ten weeks of advanced Russian-language and area studies training. Among qualified applicants, preference will be given to non- UT students and to students who are minorities, first-generation college students, or those attending Minority Serving Institutions.

Eight new research projects garnered International Research and Studies (IRS) grants, responding to one of two priorities: studies that help to understand the link between international education experiences and postsecondary outcomes, or studies that help to understand the features of effective Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs in pre-K-12 schools. Under the first priority, for example, the University of Georgia System will establish a national databank and “co-laboratory” for research on international education and college outcomes, to enable a “big-data” approach to understanding the impact of international education on college success. Addressing the DLI priority, the Center for Applied Linguistics will identify features of Dual-Language Immersion in high-achieving programs across the country by analyzing state-wide longitudinal data, while Delaware State University will study instructional practices, assessment, and proficiency development in Dual-Language Immersion programs from the state’s three counties.

The Department also awarded non-competing continuation (NCC) grants for Centers for International Business Education, Language Resource Centers, National Resource Centers for Foreign Language and Area/International Studies, American Overseas Research Centers, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, and Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language projects. Collectively these programs support an infrastructure to strengthen the U.S. capacity to teach and carry out research in foreign languages and world area and international area studies.

The list of FY 2017 new grantees and non-competing continuation grantees follows:

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Short-Term Awards

State

Institution

Grant

AZ

Arizona State University

$93,252

AZ

University of Arizona

$88,263

CA

University of California- Berkeley

$96,073

CA

Mills College

$84,115

CO

Metropolitan State University of Denver

$92,416

FL

University of Central Florida

$91,795

GA

American Institute for Resource and Human Development

$87,315

GA

Savannah State University

$100,000

GA

University of Georgia

$86,810

MD

Johns Hopkins University

$82,945

MD

Towson University

$99,556

MI

University of Detroit- Mercy

$98,928

NC

Western Carolina University

$79,760

NJ

Rowan University

$74,089

NJ

William Patterson University

$99,078

NM

New Mexico Highlands University

$97,018

PA

Pennsylvania State University- University Park

$75,900

SC

Voorhees College

$99,605

TX

Richland College

$94,978

 

Total

$1,721,896

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Long-Term Awards

State

Institution

Grant

DC

American Councils for International Education

$219,755

DC

Howard University

$73,530

MA

Harvard College

$240,399

MA

University of Massachusetts- Boston

$248,925

NY

Cornell University

$90,516

PA

American Research Institute in Turkey

$120,000

TX

University of Texas- Austin

$197,418

 

Total

$1,190,543

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

State

Institution

Grant

AZ

University of Arizona

$90,440

CA

Stanford University

$30,768

CA

University of California, Berkeley

$157,336

CA

University of California, Los Angeles

$120,668

CA

University of California, Santa Cruz

$50,918

CA

University of California, San Diego

$88,455

CT

University of Connecticut

$36,326

CT

Yale University

$36,310

DC

Georgetown University

$95,315

FL

University of Florida

$13,100

IL

University of Chicago

$338,857

IL

University of Illinois

$44,722

IN

Indiana University

$156,744

IN

University of Notre Dame du Lac

$47,690

MA

Boston University

$35,767

MA

Clark University

$18,756

MA

Harvard University

$131,369

MD

Johns Hopkins University

$24,140

MI

Michigan State University

$43,247

MI

University of Michigan

$114,062

MO

Washington University

$33,708

NC

Duke University

$143,765

NC

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

$216,837

NJ

Princeton University

$142,792

NM

University of New Mexico

$18,752

NY

City University of New York

$82,542

NY

Columbia University

$129,938

NY

Cornell University

$50,637

NY

New York University

$81,941

NY

Syracuse University

$131,229

OH

Ohio State University

$25,359

PA

Pennsylvania State University

$65,967

PA

University of Pennsylvania

$112,468

RI

Brown University

$67,061

TX

Texas A&M University

$30,357

TX

University of North Texas

$60,296

VA

University of Virginia

$32,206

WA

University of Washington

$37,797

WI

University of Wisconsin

$163,976

 

Total

$3,302,618

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad

Seminar

Funding

Grades K-9 Educators to Thailand

$165,000

Grades 9-12 Educators to Bulgaria

$162,020

Postsecondary Educators to Chile

$205,280

Total

$532,300

Title VI International Research and Studies

State

Institution

Grant

DC

Center for Applied Linguistics

$84,612

DE

Delaware State University

$82,200

GA

University System of Georgia

$93,208

IA

Iowa State University

$95,395

NC

Diane Villwock, Independent Researcher, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

$85,490

NY

Institute for International Education

$90,149

PA

Pennsylvania State University

$84,850

PA

University of Pittsburgh

$96,425

 

Total

$712,329

Title VI Non-Competing Continuation Grants

Programs

Grant

(100) National Resource Centers (NRCs)

$22,743,107

(108) Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

$30,343,000

(17) Centers for International Business Education (CIBEs)

$4,571,400

(16) Language Research Centers (LRCs)

$2,746,768

(33) Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) projects

$2,862,833

(10) American Overseas Research Centers (AORC)

$543,266

Total

$63,810,374

TOTAL FOR ALL FULBRIGHT-HAYS AND TITLE VI AWARDS: $71,270,060


For more information, visit the Google Map of IFLE FY 2017 Grantees.



   
Last Modified: 03/01/2018