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Fulbright Alumni Initiative Award Program

Fulbright Alumni Initiative Award Program (AIA) - FY 04 Competition Announcement

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce the FY04 competition for the Fulbright Alumni Initiatives Award Program (AIA).

The AIA award is designed to transform an individual Fulbright scholar's experience into an institutional partnership with a long-term, broad impact and not simply as a follow-on grant to continue an alumnus's original research or teaching project. Applications must be submitted to the Council for the International Exchange Of Scholars (CIES) and postmarked no later than February 16, 2004. Awards will be announced by the end of April 2004.

Program design: The AIA program provides both U.S. and visiting Fulbright scholar alumni with the opportunity to develop and sustain ongoing contacts and partnerships initiated as a result of their previous Fulbright awards.

The AIA program provides institutional grants up to $25,000 to develop innovative projects that will foster institutionally-supported linkages and sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships between the Fulbright scholar's home and official host institutions.

Eligibility criteria: U.S. and visiting Fulbright scholar alumni who had grants in 2000/01, 2001/02 or 2002/03 are eligible.

Application requirements: Either a U.S. or visiting scholar alumnus may initiate the application process, but all applicants must submit their proposals jointly with the U.S. institution (home or host) that will assume responsibility for administering the AIA award. Proposals for linkages must be with the Fulbright alumnus's current home institution and the official host institution from his/her original Fulbright award.

Program administration: All AIA awards will be administered as institutional grants to the U.S. institution, which will be fully responsible for all logistical arrangements of administering the grant and implementing its activities. CIES and the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Office overseas will not provide logistical, visa, or other support associated with international travel by program participants. Prospective applicants should consult the appropriate international office at the U.S. institution to clarify any issues regarding visas, insurance, taxes, or the transfer of funds to foreign scholars and institutions.

Application process: The Fulbright alumnus should discuss and develop the proposal together with the host institution colleague with whom he/she will be collaborating on the project. The application preparation should include discussions with the responsible officials at each institution to determine the level and type of support needed and to acquire the necessary letters of institutional support. Both the visiting Fulbright alumnus and the host institution colleague must complete an application cover sheet. Both application cover sheets must be submitted along with all other documentation as required in the application instructions. Prospective applicants should review the CIES website at www.cies.org for information and application forms.

Project proposal: The most competitive proposals will concentrate on one principal activity to establish a linkage rather than incorporating numerous diverse projects. Examples include, but are not limited to: development of joint curriculum, joint distance-learning courses, or joint academic programs; e-journals, summer seminars or institutes for students, faculty, or administrators; faculty/administrator development, student/faculty/administrative exchanges, etc. Grants may cover a period of up to two years.

Project description: The project description should consist of five sections:

  1. Nature of proposed linkage and proposed timeline
  2. Significance and impact of the proposed linkage on both home and host institutions
  3. Sustainability, particularly after Fulbright funding has ceased
  4. Technology and capability of both institutions to carry out and sustain the project
  5. Project participants and their roles.

Selection criteria: The three principal criteria for selection will be the commitment of the institutions involved; demonstrated ability of the linkage to develop cooperation and institutional capacity of both the home and host institutions; and sustainability of the proposed linkage in the long term.

Letters of support: All applications must include letters of support for the project from the Fulbright scholar's home and official host institutions, as well as from the relevant U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Office. The letters of support from the Fulbright scholar's home and host institutions should be submitted by the appropriate institutional officer, illustrate an understanding of the nature of the project, address the anticipated impact of the project on the institution, confirm the specific institutional contribution towards support for the proposed institutional linkage, specify anticipated plans for sustaining the proposed linkage, state that the institution has the necessary technological capacity and in-house support for projects involving the internet, videoconferencing, etc., and include a brief statement from the U.S. institution indicating that it will assume full responsibility for the fiscal and logistical administration of the grant and proposed activities. The institutional letters of support do not need to address the academic credentials of the individual applicants. The letters of support from the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Office should briefly comment on the feasibility of the proposed linkage.

Budget: The application must include a projected budget including itemized support from the home and host institutions using the estimated AIA project budget form. Budget requests will be considered for expenses that are clearly justified in terms of achieving the objectives of the proposed linkage. The institutional contribution may be in the form of matching funds and/or in-kind support (i.e. housing, office space, medical insurance coverage, etc.) AIA applicants are asked to determine the appropriate level and type of institutional support for the proposed project in consultation with their home and host institutions. Estimates for international travel should be based on U.S. carrier fares. Estimates for lodging and food should not exceed United States Department of State per diem rates. AIA funds may not be used for payment of university overhead or indirect costs, purchasing of heavy equipment, construction/renovation costs, catering costs/entertainment, dependent travel, or book publication.

Applicants should send AIA applications, postmarked no later than February 16, 2004, to Dr. Micaela S. Iovine, Senior Program Officer, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 3007 Tilden St., NW, Suite 51, Washington, D.C., 20008-3009, USA email: miovine@cies.iie.org.