US Department of Education
The International Education and Graduate Programs Service (IEGPS) office
provides planning, policy development, and grant administration for Domestic
International Education Programs, Overseas Programs and Graduate Programs. All
of our programs are designed to encourage societal, economic and technological
In association with the Fulbright-Hays Act, IEGPS Overseas Programs
facilitate secondary and postsecondary teaching, research and training of
specialists in foreign countries in order to improve understanding of other
cultures and languages.
They include: Fulbright-Hays Training Grants Doctoral Dissertation Research
Abroad: This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund
individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern
foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to twelve months.
Fulbright-Hays Training Grants Faculty Research Abroad: 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 three to twelve months.
Fulbright-Hays Training Grants Group Projects Abroad: This program provides
grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum
development in modern foreign languages and area studies by teachers, students,
and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term
seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive
Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Special Bilateral Programs: This program
provides short-term study/travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the
social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving the understanding
and knowledge of other cultures. There are approximately seven to ten seminars
with fourteen to sixteen participants in each seminar annually. Seminars are
four to six weeks in duration. All seminars are held in countries outside of
Domestic International Education Programs
Under Title VI of the Higher Education Act, IEGPS supports ten programs
within the United States for individuals and institutions of higher education.
Programs are designed to strengthen the capability and performance of American
education in foreign languages and area/international studies.
They include: American Overseas Research Centers: This program provides
grants to consortia of institutions of higher education to establish or operate
overseas research centers that promote postgraduate research, exchanges and area
Centers for International Business Education: This program provides funding
to schools of business for curriculum development, research, and training on
issues of importance to U.S. trade and competitiveness.
National Resource Centers: This program provides grants to institutions of
higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to establish,
strengthen, and operate comprehensive and undergraduate language and
area/international study centers to serve as national resources.
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships: This program provides academic
year and summer fellowship awards to colleges and universities to assist
graduate students in foreign language in either international studies or area
Language Resource Centers: This program provides grants to institutions of
higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education for the
purpose of establishing, strengthening, and operating a small number of national
language resource and training centers to improve effectiveness of teaching and
learning foreign languages.
Business and International Education: This program provides funds to
institutions of higher education who enter into an agreement with a trade
association and/or business to improve the academic teaching of the business
curriculum and to conduct outreach activities that expand the capacity of the
business community to engage in international economic activities.
Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language: This program
provides funds to institutions of higher education, a consortia of such
institutions, or partnerships between nonprofit educational organizations and
institutions of higher education to plan, develop, and carry out programs to
strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and
International Research and Studies: This program supports surveys, studies,
and development of instructional materials to improve and strengthen education
in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields.
Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access: This
program supports projects that develop innovative techniques or programs using
new electronic technologies to collect information from foreign sources. Grants
will be made to access, collect, organize, preserve, and widely disseminate
information on world regions and countries other than the U.S. that address our
nation's teaching and research needs in international education and foreign
Institute for International Public Policy: This program provides a single
grant to assist a consortium of colleges and universities to establish an
institute designed to increase the representation of minorities in international
service, including private international voluntary organizations and the foreign
service of the U.S.