FY 2022 Faculty Research Abroad Program: Competition Announced!

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May 2022

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Fulbright-Hays 60th Anniversary

Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowships

Fiscal Year 2022 Competition Announced!

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The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities for faculty to engage in full-time research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula. 


Program features

Faculty may request funding to support overseas research for a period of no less than three months and no more than 12 months. Funds support the travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research, maintenance allowances based on the salary paid by the fellow's U.S. home institution, and an allowance for research-related expenses overseas. Projects may focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).


Eligible applicants

Institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States are eligible to apply for FRA grants that will be awarded as fellowships to eligible faculty employed at the IHE. As part of the application process, eligible faculty submit their individual FRA research narratives and application forms to the project coordinator at their home IHE. The project coordinator then compiles the individual faculty applications for inclusion in the institutional application that is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. Faculty scholars are eligible to receive a FRA fellowship from their IHE if they:

  • Are a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Are employed by an IHE.
  • Have been engaged in teaching relevant to their foreign language or area studies specialization for the two years immediately preceding the date of the award.
  • Propose research relevant to the faculty scholar’s modern foreign language or area studies specialization, which is not dissertation research for a doctoral degree.
  • Possess sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the research project.

Application Opens May 9, 2022! Deadline to Apply: July 13, 2022.


How to apply

The U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education office (IFLE) expects to make 10-15 new awards totaling approximately $650,000 under the fiscal year (FY) 2022 FRA program competition. The FY 2022 application is available online through the U.S. Department of Education’s G5 system between May 9 and July 15.


Please refer to the official Federal Register notice for detailed information about the FY 2022 competition. 


If you have questions about the program or application process, please send them by email to FRA@ed.gov.

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Application Technical Assistance Webinar and Web Chat

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IFLE will post a prerecorded technical assistance webinar on May 11 3:00 p.m. ET for faculty and institutions to learn more about the FY 2022 FRA program and how to apply. The premiere of the webinar will feature a live chat in which IFLE program officers can answer your questions. The webinar will be available to watch at the following link: https://youtu.be/xa6SVdRRopg.


In addition to the technical assistance webinar, IFLE will host a series of live Q & A sessions to answer specific applicant questions. The live Q & A sessions will take place via Microsoft Teams on May 25 3:00 p.m. ET, and June 9 at Noon ET. A link to join the sessions on the designated date and time will be posted soon under the “Tips and Assistance” section of the FRA program “Applicant Information” webpage. Please check there for updates. Additional questions can be emailed to FRA@ed.gov.


Learn More About the FRA Experience

Check out the video of  Dr. Morgan Liu, a 2008 FRA Fellow to Kyrgyzstan. Liu discusses his time abroad and reflects on his FRA experiences.

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Listen to a new episode of the GoGlobalEd Podcast featuring Dr. David Holmberg, professor at Cornell University and a two-time FRA fellowship recipient who conducted research in Nepal.

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