IFLE Newsletter


                International Education:  Investing in Our Global Future

                                          Volume 1, Issue 2,  December 2012


Dear Colleagues:

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to read the second issue of the Office of Postsecondary Education’s (OPE’s) International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) online newsletter!  This issue will highlight results of our FY 2012 grant competitions and present our plans for the FY 2013 competitions.  We also want to use this issue to apprise you of any proposed priorities and procedures as well as webinars and other outreach efforts that relate to the FY 2013 competitions.    

Today, more than ever, we are keenly aware of the need for a globally competent citizenry.  OPE/IFLE is helping to meet that need through the array of Title VI, Title VII, and Fulbright-Hays grant programs that we offer.  The staff and I take pride in what you and your colleges and universities have achieved through funding provided under the legislation that supports our programs.

We hope that this issue of the IFLE newsletter will have the catalytic impact of triggering ideas and thoughts from you about approaches that further improve foreign language learning and understanding of other cultures for our students, faculty, and administrators in postsecondary education.

Please enjoy and don’t forget to provide us with your feedback.


Sylvia W. Crowder, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Senior Director,OPE/IFLE


Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program: China

Contact: Carly Borgmeier, Program Officer, 202/502-7691 carly.borgmeier@ed.gov                                                                                                                    

The U.S. Department of Education and the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office announced a Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program opportunity for Summer 2013 for U.S. K-12 educators to travel and study in China. 

The competition was opened on October 24, 2012 and closed on December 10, 2012.  A record number of over 225 applications were received for one seminar.  Sixteen participants will be selected.  Awards will be announced in the Spring 2013. For more information please visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/elsecseminars.html.



IFLE World



$650,000 in Grants Awarded  Under the Title VI American Overseas Research Centers (AORC) Program  

October 3, 2012

Contact:  Cheryl Gibbs, Senior Program Officer, 202/502-7634 cheryl.gibbs@ed.gov

The grants support the establishment or operation of ten overseas research centers in Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, West Africa, and Western Europe.  The AORC Program provides funds to eligible consortia of U.S. institutions of higher education that are incorporated as Centers for the purpose of promoting postgraduate research, area studies, and exchanges. The Centers meet this purpose via a broad range of scholarly and operational activities such as-- research and networking opportunities for scholars; outreach projects that contribute to understanding the culture, language, and history of the country or region where the Centers are located;  language training programs; conferences to explore relevant topics and issues; and support services such lodging and assistance with research clearances. 

These Centers serve an important and a unique role in strengthening the U.S. capacity in area studies and language training because they make it possible for  American scholars and international scholars to learn from one another in a cultural immersion experience. In addition to the kinds of projects described above, the  FY 2012 competition announced an invitational priority to encourage “projects that propose outreach and related activities designed to inform scholars and faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) of potential fellowship and other research and professional development opportunities at the overseas centers and that encourage and facilitate the participation of these individuals in the Centers’ programs.”  The following activities are examples of how the Centers will use their new grant awards to address the invitational priority: 

  • Develop South Asia coursework and pedagogy methods with faculty at Huston-Tillotson University
  • Increase the number of applicants and participants from community colleges and MSIs in professional development and research opportunities in Mongolia
  • Target historically black colleges and universities, small colleges, and community colleges that have been underrepresented among scholars of Indonesia in the United States

It is also worth noting that the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS), a new grantee Center, will be engaging in projects that complement the Department’s U.S. – Indonesia Higher Education Partnership initiatives. For example, AIFIS will host symposia and lectures in Jakarta for visiting American researchers and Indonesian scholars, to promote intellectual exchange and provide a place for these scholars to network

For more information about the American Overseas Research Center Program and a list for 2012 funded applicants please visit the website at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsaorc/index.html


$3.2 Million in Grants Awarded for Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

October 2, 2012

Contact:  Amy Wilson, Senior Program Officer, 202/502-7689  amy.wilson@ed.gov

Today the U.S. Department of Education announced the award of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grants, totaling more than $3.2 million, to 34 institutions of higher education. At these institutions, 84 individual fellowships were awarded to doctoral students to conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies, for periods of six to 12 months. Under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program, research projects deepen knowledge on and help the nation develop capability in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula.  Visit article at  http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/32-million-grants-awarded-fulbright-hays-doctoral-dissertation-research-abroad

$2.9 Million Awarded for Fulbright-Hays International Education Projects

September 27, 2012

Contacts: Loveen Bains, Ph.D, Program Officer, 202/502-7709, loveen.bains@ed.gov Tanyelle Richarson, Senior Program Officer, 202/502-7626, tanyelle.richardson@ed.gov


The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of 23 Fulbright-Hays international education grants totaling more than $2.9 million to institutions and organizations in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Under the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program, the funds will support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or advanced intensive language programs.  Visit article at http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/29-million-grants-awarded-fulbright-hays-international-education-projects

More Than $1.5 Million to Strengthen and Improve Undergraduate international Studies and Foreign Language Instruction

September 20, 2012

Contacts: Michelle Guilfoil, Senior Program Officer, 202/502-7625 michelle.guilfoil@ed.gov                        Carla White, Program Officer, 202/502-7631 carla.white@ed.gov 

The U.S. Department of Education today awarded $1,537,875 in grants to 17 higher education institutions to create, plan, develop, and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign language. The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL) grants also may be used to develop programs that focus on international health, peace or democracy, and to create innovative curricula that combine teaching of international studies with professional and pre-professional studies, such as engineering. UISFL funding also supports programs that allow students to study abroad and to incorporate different cultures into their educational experienceVisit article at http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-awards-more-15-million-strengthen-and-improve-undergradu