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Foreign Language Studies

Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Fellowship Program

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U.S. Department of Education (DOE) - Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) - International Foreign Language Education (IFLE)

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07/13/22 4:30 PM ET (Electronic applications) or Postmarked by Date (Paper applications)


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Grants to USA public, private, and state institutions of higher education to advance foreign language studies. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Eligible expenses include travel, stipend, affiliation fees, and research-related expenses. This program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of modern foreign language and area studies in the U.S. by providing opportunities for scholars to conduct research abroad.

This program provides grants to institutions of higher education to fund faculty to maintain and improve their area studies and language skills by conducting research abroad for periods of 3 to 12 months. 

This notice contains one absolute priority and three competitive preference priorities:

  • Absolute Priority: Specific Geographic Regions of the World. A research project that focuses 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).
  • Competitive Preference Priority 1—Focus on Less Commonly Taught Languages. A research project that focuses on any modern foreign language except French, German, or Spanish.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2—Thematic Focus on Academic Fields. A research project conducted in modern foreign languages and area studies with an academic focus on any of the following academic fields: Science (including climate change), technology, engineering (including infrastructure studies), mathematics, computer science, education (comparative or international), international development, political science, public health (including epidemiology), or economics.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 3Promoting Equity in Student Access to Educational Resources and Opportunities 

Types of Projects: This program funds fellowships through institutions of higher education (IHEs) to faculty members who propose to conduct research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies to improve their skill in languages and their knowledge of the culture of the people of these countries. 

Expenses Covered by the Award:

  • Travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research.
  • Maintenance stipend for the fellow related to his or her academic year salary.
  • An allowance for research-related expenses overseas, such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel, and other incidental expenses

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GrantWatch ID#: 203316

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Estimated Range of Awards: $25,000-$40,000.
- Estimated Average Size of Awards: $40,000.

Term of Contract:

The institutional project period is 18 months. Faculty may request funding for a period of no less than 3 months and no more than 12 months.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: IHEs. Eligible faculty members at the IHE submit their individual research narratives and forms to their home IHE representative, who compiles the faculty submissions and incorporates them into the grant application that the institution submits electronically to the Department through the G5 system.

Proposals focusing solely on Western Europe are not eligible.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Applications available: May 9, 2022
- Application deadline: July 13, 2022. The IHE must complete the electronic submission of the grant application by 4:30:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on the application deadline date.

IHEs must email the name of the institution and the full name and email address of the project director. The Department suggests that applicant IHEs submit this information no later than 2 weeks prior to the application deadline date to ensure that they obtain access to G5 well before that date.

The Deapartment discourages paper applications, but if electronic submission is not possible (e.g., you do not have access to the internet), (1) you must provide a prior written notification that you intend to submit a paper application and (2) your paper application must be postmarked by the application deadline date.

To do business with the Department, you must—
a. Have a DUNS/UEI number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
b. Register both your DUNS/UEI number and TIN with the System for Award Management (SAM), the Government's primary registrant database (The SAM registration process can take approximately 7 business days, but may take upwards of several weeks);
c. Provide your DUNS/UEI number and TIN on your application

A Pre-application webinar for the FRA program is available to stream beginning May 11, 2022 3:00 p.m. ET at

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HEs must email the name of the institution and the full name and email address of the project director to

Program Manager:
Dr. Pamela J. Maimer,
International and Foreign Language Education
Faculty Research Abroad Program
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 258-24
Washington, DC 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-6891

Julius C Cotton
ED FIND Systems Admin.
Phone 202-245-6288

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