Overseas Educational Advising

To foster mutual understanding between the United States and other countries by promoting U.S.

higher education through a global network of Education USA educational advising/information centers.


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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.


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories




Program Accomplishments

In 2005, DOS/ECA awarded grants to AMIDEAST, ACIE, IIE, and OSI to provide overseas educational advising, orientation, and information services on opportunities in U.S. education for foreign students and scholars at field offices the Middle East, Eurasia, East Asia and Mexico. Centers received more than 20 million queries in 2005.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding for nonprofit organizations to support implementation of overseas educational advising programs, educational advising coordination, and training for educational advisers to ensure that students in specific international locations receive unbiased, ethical, up-to-date information on U. S. higher education.

Locations 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; 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

Not applicable. 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 renewable for two years after initial competition, following ECA review of program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Cost-sharing requirements set out in Federal Register announcement.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As set out 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

Prescribed in the grant terms.

Financial Information

Account Identification

19-0201-0-1-154.

Obigations

FY 07 $1,775,000; FY 08 est not available; FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$60,000 to $450,000. Average: $200,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Federal Register Announcements; requests for proposals listed on website: http://exchanges.state.gov/education/rfgps/.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

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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