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Academic Exchange Programs - Graduate Students

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State


As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange programs, including the exchange of scholars, researchers, professionals, students, and educators. ECA programs foster engagement and encourage dialogue with citizens around the world. Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today. ECA programs inform, engage, and influence participants across strategic sectors of society – including young people, women, teachers, scholars, journalists, and other professionals – increasing the number of foreign individuals who have first-hand experience with Americans and with the values of freedom, representative government, rule of law, economic choice, and individual dignity, while building international knowledge and capacity among Americans. The purpose of the Fulbright Student Program is to promote mutual understanding by providing opportunities for American and foreign students to study, do research, and/or serve as teaching assistants of their native languages abroad.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 08 $121,140,405; FY 09 est $127,197,425; FY 10 est $0 - FY2010 estimate not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Funding is provided to non-profit organizations to support their work in designing and administering programs as well as coordinating program logistics. Funding to those organizations supports activities such as publicity and recruitment, screening of applications, communication with recipients, payment of stipends, and the provision of enrichment activities. The flagship international exchange program sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program promotes leadership development through learning and international cooperation. Please refer to the or Federal Register announcement for further information.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Not Applicable.

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

No Data Available.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

As stated in the and Federal Register announcements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Through the Department's central financial management database.

Applicant Eligibility:

To individuals with the following qualifications: (a) U.S. citizenship at the time of application; (b) with certain exceptions, B.A. degree or its equivalent before the beginning date of the grant; (c) candidates may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application; (d); preference will usually be given to candidates who have not had extensive recent experience in the country to which they are applying; (e) language proficiency sufficient to communicate with the people of the host country and to carry out the proposed study; (f) language proficiency is especially important for students wishing to undertake projects in the social sciences and the humanities; and (g) good health.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

U.S. citizens who are graduate students and who want to live and study in a foreign country for one academic year.

Award Procedure:

Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. Successful applicants will receive a Federal Assistance Award (FAA) from the Bureau’s Grants Office. The FAA and the original proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. Government. The FAA will be signed by an authorized Grants Officer, and mailed to the recipient’s responsible officer identified in the application.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Roz Swenson Office of Academic Exchange Programs, Room 234, SA-44,301 4th Street, S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20547 Email: Phone: (202) 453-8534

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