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Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Program

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Program Office: International and Foreign Language Education

CFDA Number: 84.019
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: Fulbright

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Program Description

This program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of modern foreign language and area studies in the U.S. by providing opportunities for scholars to conduct research abroad.

Types of Projects

This program funds fellowships through institutions of higher education (IHEs) to faculty members who propose to conduct research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies to improve their skill in languages and their knowledge of the culture of the people of these countries. Funds support: travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research, a maintenance stipend for the fellow related to his or her academic year salary, and an allowance for research-related expenses overseas such as books and photocopying, tuition, affiliation fees, local travel, and other incidental expenses.

Additional Information

This program provides grants to institutions of higher education to fund faculty to maintain and improve their area studies and language skills by conducting research abroad for periods of 3 to 12 months. Proposals focusing solely on Western Europe are not eligible.

For the 2023 competition year of the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program, the Department of Education intends to assign one point to selection criterion 34 C.F.R. §663.21(c)(3), which currently reads as follows:

(3) The applicant's proficiency in one or more of the languages (other than English and the applicant's native language), of the country or countries of research, and the specific measures to be taken to overcome any anticipated language barriers . . .

Points to be awarded to other selection criteria will be announced in the forthcoming Notice Inviting Applications for this competition.

Also, as announced in the Department’s regulatory agenda, the Department intends to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding this program that will address 34 C.F.R. §663.21(c)(3). Interested parties will have the opportunity to comment on any proposed changes to these regulations at that time.

Last Modified: 01/10/2023