2016 American Overseas Research Centers Program: Competition OPEN!

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2016 AORC Program Competition

Group visits Sufi shrines in Sri Lanka through AORC


The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the the opening of the competition for the Fiscal Year 2016 American Overseas Research Centers (AORC) Program


The AORC program provides grants to establish or operate overseas research centers that promote postgraduate research, exchanges, and area studies. Eligible applicant centers are consortia of United States institutions of higher education that have a permanent presence in the host countries or regions and that provide logistical and scholarly assistance to postgraduate researchers, students, faculty, and visiting scholars.

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The FY 2016 AORC competition opens today, June 20, 2016. The application is now available at www.grants.gov. The deadline for submitting applications is August 4, 2016

IFLE expects to make 10 new awards totaling $650,000 under the FY 2016 AORC competition.

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Application Technical Assistance Webinar: July 8

Join the IFLE team for a webinar at 2:30pm ET on July 8, 2016, for technical assistance in preparing your application. This webinar will cover the competition priorities, the selection criteria, allowable costs, and the Performance Measures Form, in addition to other application components.

In order for the webinar to best serve the needs of all applicants, please submit any questions regarding the competition and application in advance to Cheryl Gibbs (cheryl.gibbs@ed.gov) so that we can be sure to address them during the session.


When:  Friday, July 8, 2016 (2:30pm - 4:00pm ET)

How to Participate:  Register online at http://bit.ly/28IPyqV. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.


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General Information: AORC Program

Students on Urdu langauge program in Pakistan through AIPS

The American Overseas Research Centers (AORC) Program provides grants to consortia of institutions of higher education (IHEs) to establish or operate an AORC that promotes postgraduate research, exchanges, and area studies.


AORC grants may be used to pay all or a portion of the cost of establishing or operating a center or program, including: 

  • operation and maintenance of overseas facilities;
  • organizing and managing conferences; 
  • teaching and research materials; 
  • acquisition, maintenance, and preservation of library collections; 
  • bringing visiting scholars and faculty to the center to teach or to conduct research;
  • faculty and staff stipends and salaries; 
  • faculty, staff, and student travel; and
  • publication and dissemination of materials for the scholarly and general public.
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Current AORC Grantees

Map of Current AORCs

Explore our Google map of IFLE grantees to learn more about the institutions that are currently funded under the FY 2012-2015 AORC program. 

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Examples of AORC Activities

AIIS assists Morgan State students during visit to India

The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) has operated intensive summer and academic-year language programs in India for decades and has provided language training to nearly 4,000 students. The number of language programs has expanded in recent years; in addition to offering regular programs in Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil and Urdu, the Institute will operate summer programs in lesser-taught Indian languages upon demand, even for one student. The Institute’s intensive language programs provide invaluable training to students who need the language training in order to conduct their research projects or pursue their other career goals.


Presentation from Scholars at WARC

The West Africa Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal plays an important role as a center for academic activity in the region. It has contributed significantly to the development of area and language expertise through programs that promote postgraduate research in a range of disciplines; scholarly exchanges between U.S. faculty and researchers and their West African counterparts; and African area studies through conferences, workshops, and publications. WARC’s conferences and programs stimulate critical inquiry into issues such as conflict resolution, regional security, and development. 

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Questions about the AORC Program? Contact Cheryl Gibbs at cheryl.gibbs@ed.gov.


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