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$2.9 Million in Grants Awarded for Fulbright-Hays International Education Projects

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The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of 23 Fulbright-Hays international education grants totaling more than $2.9 million to institutions and organizations in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Under the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program, the funds will support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or advanced intensive language programs.

"America's schools--both higher education and P-12--must be a part of the solution to our national language gap," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "The President and I want every child to have a world-class education, and today more than ever a world-class education requires students to be able to speak and read languages in addition to English."

The Fulbright Program, of which the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program is a component, dates to 1946 when the late-U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright sponsored legislation to create the program as a means to increase mutual understanding between America and the rest of the world.

Fulbright-Hays holds a competition for short-term grants annually and competitions for long-term language projects every four years. Eligible applicants included higher education institutions, state departments of education and private, nonprofit educational organizations.

Following are the recipients of the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad-Short-Term awards and the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad-Long-Term Foreign Language awards.

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