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Cultural, Technical and Educational Centers

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State


To assist various organizations identified by Congress to achieve objectives specified by Congress. As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange programs, including the exchange of scholars, researchers, professionals, students, and educators. Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today.

Funding obligations:

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $20,227,000; FY 09 est $20,074,000; FY 10 est $0 - FY 2010 estimate not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Assistance is provided to implement specific projects identified by Congress. Funding is provided to the Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East and West (East-West Center) to promote better relations and understanding between the United States and the nations of Asia and the Pacific through cooperative study, training, and research. Scholars, students, teachers, government officials, NGO leaders, journalists and other professionals in various fields from the U.S. and the Asia Pacific regiont may study and carry out research, exchange ideas and views, lead and participate in seminars and training activities, take part in cultural programs, and conduct other activities primarily in support of the objectives of the Fulbright-Hays Act, as amended, and other Acts promoting the international, educational, cultural, and related activities of the United States. Funding is appropriated each fiscal year from interest and earnings credited to the Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue Trust Fund for operations of the International Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue to promote dialogue and scholarship in the Middle East.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Not Applicable.

Program Accomplishments:

Not Applicable.

Types of Assistance:

Cooperative Agreements

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

No Data Available.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Not applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Through the Department's central financial management database.

Applicant Eligibility:


Beneficiary Eligibility:


Award Procedure:

Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. Successful applicants will receive a Federal Assistance Award (FAA) from the Bureau’s Grants Office. The FAA and the original proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. Government. The FAA will be signed by an authorized Grants Officer, and mailed to the recipient’s responsible officer identified in the application.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Lana Muck Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Office of Academic Programs 301 4th Street, SW SA-44, Washington, District of Columbia 20547 Phone: 202-453-8116

Website Address:

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