International Education Training and Research

To foster mutual understanding between the United States and other countries by supporting professional development for international education professionals at U.S.

institutions of higher education and by supporting research on international educational exchange.


Examples of Funded Projects

Varied.


Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.

Office - Regional or Local Office International Education Training: NAFSA: Association of International Educators, 1307 New York Avenue, NW, Eighth Floor, Washington, DC 20005-4701, Attn: Mr. Nick Seamons.

Telephone: (202) 737-3699.

Fax: (202) 737-3657.

E-mail: NickS@nafsa.org.

The College Board, 1233 20th St.

NW, Washington, DC 20036-2304, Attn: Carol Blythe.

Research: Institute of International Education (IIE), 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017; Attn: Hey-Kyung Koh, Assistant Editor.

Telephone: (212) 984-5331.

E-mail: HKOH@iie.org.


Program Accomplishments

In 2005 DCS/ECA gave grants to NAFSA, IIE and the College Board. NAFSA's Academy for International Education enabled over 400,000 U.S. and international students and scholars, community members, faculty and campus staff to participate in activities that increase international understanding on campuses and in communities across the country. Open Doors, published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), is the only comprehensive information resource on international student mobility. The publication includes statistics on foreign students and scholars in the U.S. and on U.S. students abroad, as well as scholarly analyses of the data and their implication for policy makers. The College Board provided training and professional development opportunities to over 150 overseas educational advisers on topics including the admissions process at U.S. higher education institutions, standardized testing, pre-departure orientation and understanding the student visa process.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding for nonprofit organizations to support training of international education professionals on U. S. campuses and to conduct research on international exchange programs specified by requests for grant proposals published in the Federal Register and on the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website: http://exchanges.state.gov/education/rfgps/.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration, organizations must: 1) Be incorporated in the U.S.; 2) have not-for-profit status as determined by the IRS; and 3) a proven record of successful work in international educational and cultural exchange, including responsible fiscal management.

Beneficiary Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration, organizations must: (1) Be incorporated in the U.S.; (2) have not-for-profit status as determined by the IRS; and (3) a proven record of successful work in international educational and cultural exchange, including responsible fiscal management.

Credentials/Documentation

To be eligible for consideration, organizations must: (1) Be incorporated in the U.S.; (2) have not-for-profit status as determined by the IRS; and (3) a proven record of successful work in international educational and cultural exchange, including responsible fiscal management.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Announcements are made in the Federal Register for organizations meeting eligibility requirements. Announcements are posted to Department of State's website: http://exchanges.state.gov/education/rfgps/.

Award Procedures

Final selection of grantees is made by the Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs on recommendation of an Advisory Committee made up of Department staff experienced in international exchanges.

Deadlines

See http://exchanges.state.gov/education/rfgps/.

Authorization

Public Law 87-256, as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2451 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Six weeks to three months from deadline.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Grants may be renewed for two years after initial competition, following ECA review of program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Formula and Matching Requirements Cost-sharing requirements stated in Federal Register Announcement.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As stated in Federal Register announcements.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Financial and Program Reports are required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, "nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.

Records

None.

Financial Information

Account Identification

19-0201-0-1-154.

Obigations

FY 07 $1,625,000; FY 08 est not available; FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY06, $190,000 for international educational exchange research; $535,000 for international education professional training at U.S. institutions of higher education; $900,000 for student advising training for overseas educational advisers.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Regional or Local Office International Education Training: NAFSA: Association of International Educators, 1307 New York Avenue, NW, Eighth Floor, Washington, DC 20005-4701, Attn: Mr. Nick Seamons. Telephone: (202) 737-3699. Fax: (202) 737-3657. E-mail: NickS@nafsa.org. The College Board, 1233 20th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036-2304, Attn: Carol Blythe. Research: Institute of International Education (IIE), 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017; Attn: Hey-Kyung Koh, Assistant Editor. Telephone: (212) 984-5331. E-mail: HKOH@iie.org.

Headquarters Office

Headquarters Office Educational Information and Resources (ECA/A/S/A), SA-44, 301 4th St. SW, Washington DC 20547, Attn: Mary Thompson-Jones, Branch Chief. Telephone: (202) 453-8872. FAX: (202) 453-8890.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Quality of program idea; Program planning; Ability to achieve project objectives; Multiplier effect/impact; Support of diversity; International capacity; Institution's record/ability; Cost-effectiveness; and Cost-Sharing.



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