Limited Submission: Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program


The purpose of the Fulbright-Hays GPA Program is to promote, improve, and develop modern foreign languages and area studies at varying levels of education. The program provides opportunities for faculty, teachers, and undergraduate and graduate students to conduct individual and group projects overseas to carry out research and study in the fields of modern foreign languages and area studies.

This competition invites applicants to submit an application to request support for either a Fulbright-Hays GPA short-term project or a Fulbright-Hays GPA long-term project. There are 3 types of GPA short-term projects:

  1. Short-term seminar projects of 4 – 6 weeks in length designed to help integrate international studies into an institutions or school system’s general curriculum by focusing on a particular aspect of area study, such as the culture of an area or country of study
  2. Curriculum development projects of 4 – 8 weeks in length that provide participants an opportunity to acquire resource materials for curriculum development in modern foreign language and area studies for use and dissemination in the U.S.
  3. Group research or study projects of 3 – 12 months in duration designed to give participants the opportunity to undertake research or study in a foreign country.

GPA long-term projects are advanced overseas intensive language projects that may be carried out during a full year, and academic year, a semester, a trimester, a quarter, or a summer. GPA long-term projects are designed to take advantage of the opportunities that exist in the foreign country for intensive advanced language training and for using the language while experiencing the culture in the foreign country. Participants should have successfully completed at least two academic years of training in the language to be studied in order to be eligible to participate in a GPA intensive advanced language training program. In addition, the language to be studied must be indigenous to the host country and maximum use must be made of local institutions and personnel.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Absolute Priority

Specific Geographic Regions of the World: A group project that focuses on one or more of the following geographic regions of the world: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere (Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), Eastern and Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Near East.

Award Amount

GPA short-term Projects

  • Estimated Range of awards: $50,000-$100,000
  • Estimated number of awards: 10
  • Project period: up to 18 months

GPA long-term projects

  • Estimated range of awards: $50,000-$250,000
  • Estimated number of awards: 15
  • Project period: up to 24 months

Citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States, who are (1) faculty members who teach modern foreign languages or area studies in an IHE, (2) teachers in elementary or secondary schools, (3) experienced education administrators responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign language or area studies at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary levels, or (4) graduate students, or juniors or seniors in an IHE, who plan teaching careers in modern foreign languages or area studies.

Selection Criteria

Plan of Operation (20 points)

  • High quality in the design of the project;
  • An effective plan of management that ensures proper and efficient administration of the project;
  • A clear description of how the objectives of the project relate to the purpose of the program;
  • The way the applicant plans to use its resources and personnel to achieve each objective; and
  • A clear description of how the applicant will ensure that project participants who are otherwise eligible to participate are selected without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, or handicapping condition

Quality of Key Personnel (10 points)

  • The qualifications of the project director;
  • The qualifications of each of the other key personnel to be used in the project;
  • The time that each person referred to in paragraphs (b)(2)(i) and (ii) of this section will commit to theproject; and
  • The extent to which the applicant, as part of its nondiscriminatory employment practices, will ensure that its personnel are selected for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, or handicapping condition.

Budget and Cost Effectiveness (10 points)

  • The budget for the project is adequate to support the project activities; and
  • Costs are reasonable in relation to the objectives of the project.

Evaluation Plan (20 points)

  • The Secretary reviews each application for information that shows the quality of the evaluation plan for the project.
  • The Secretary looks for information that shows that the methods of evaluation are appropriate for the project and, to the extent possible, are objective and produce data that are quantifiable.

Adequacy of Resources (5 points)

  • The Secretary reviews each application for information that shows that the applicant plans to devote adequate resources to the project.
  • The Secretary looks for information that shows that the facilities, equipment, and supplies that the applicant plans to use are adequate.

Specific Program Criteria (35 points)

  • The potential impact of the project on the development of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in American education. (15 points)
  • The project’s relevance to the applicant’s educational goals and its relationship to its program development in modern foreign languages and area studies. (10 points)
  • The extent to which direct experience abroad is necessary to achieve the project’s objectives and the effectiveness with which relevant host country resources will be utilized. (10 points)

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit one proposal.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:
  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • GPA project type: short-term or long-term
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae
Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the program officer, Cory Neal, at 202-453-6137 or

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