FY 2020 American Overseas Research Centers Program: Competition Announced!

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February 2020

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FY 2020 American Overseas Research Centers Program Competition

Competition Now Open! Deadline to Apply: March 27, 2020

U.S. scholars participating in American Overseas Research Center programming in Indonesia

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office at the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the competition for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Title VI 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. AORC program activities may also include modern foreign language training and instructional materials to strengthen the language proficiency of researchers and project participants.


Application Now Available

The FY 2020 AORC application package is now available at www.grants.gov. The deadline for submitting applications is March 27, 2020


IFLE expects to make 17 new awards totaling approximately $1 million under the FY 2020 AORC competition.

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Application Technical Assistance Webinar: Coming Soon


A pre-application virtual technical assistance webinar will be held on March 3, 2020, and made available on YouTube that same afternoon. The webinar will cover a variety of topics, including AORC eligibility, program requirements, and selection criteria. To stream the webinar recording, please visit the link below on or after March 3, 2020.


IFLE Program Technical Assistance Webinars

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General Information: The AORC Program

AORC activities

The AORC program provides grants to consortia of institutions of higher education 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.

Current AORC Institutions

FY 2019 American Overseas Research Centers

Explore our Google map of FY 2019 IFLE grantees to learn more about the institutions that are currently funded under the Title VI American Overseas Research Centers program.

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