NAICU Washington Update

New Discretionary Grant Program Applications Available

January 07, 2022

The Department of Education is accepting grant applications for three discretionary grant programs available to many NAICU members. Applications are due in the coming weeks. 

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) Program - The FLAS Program allocates academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist undergraduate and graduate students who are receiving modern foreign language training in combination with area studies, international studies, or the international aspects of professional studies. FLAS fellowships may also assist graduate students engaged in predissertation-level study, preparation for dissertation research, dissertation research abroad, or dissertation writing. There are two competitive preference priorities for this program: (1) FLAS Fellowships for Students Who Demonstrate Financial Need; and (2) Applications that propose to award at least 25% of academic year FLAS fellowships in modern foreign languages other than French, German, and Spanish. 

Applications are due February 14. 

National Resource Centers (NRC) Program - The NRC Program provides grants to institutions of higher education to operate comprehensive and undergraduate centers that will be national resources for: (a) teaching of modern foreign languages; (b) instruction in fields needed to provide a full understanding of world regions where the modern foreign languages are used; (c) research and training in international studies and international and foreign language aspects of professional and other fields of study; and (d) instruction and research on issues in world affairs. There are two absolute priorities and one competitive priority. The absolute priorities include: (1) applications that explain how the activities funded by the grant will reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of views and describe how the applicant will encourage government service in areas of national need; and (2) applications that propose teacher training activities on the languages, area studies, or thematic focus of the NRC. The competitive priority is any partnership with Minority-Serving Institutions or community colleges. 

Applications are due February 14. 

Upward Bound (UB) Program - The UB Program is one of the seven programs, known as the Federal TRIO Programs that support projects designed to provide students with the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and enter into and succeed in a program of postsecondary education. There are three types of grants under the UB Program: (1) UB; (2) Veterans UB; and (3) UB Math and Science grants. Applications are just for the UB grants and not those targeted to veterans or math and science. There are three competitive preference priorities: (1) Applications that demonstrate that a key project component included in the project’s logic model is informed by research or evaluation findings that suggest the project component is likely to improve relevant outcomes; (2) meeting student social, emotional, and academic needs; and (3) projects that are designed to take a systemic evidence-based approach to improving outcomes for underserved students. 

Applications are due January 31. 

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