The program provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the people and cultures of other countries. Support is generally made available through interagency agreements. The Department of Education transfers funds through the State Department to Fulbright commissions in various countries to pay the costs associated with administering seminars. This partnership allows the program to use the services and expertise of bi-national organizations to plan and conduct seminars for U.S. educators.
In order to broaden understanding of India, USIEF administers at least one program annually over five weeks in the summer in India. The seminar exposes U.S. educators to different aspects of Indian civilization and cultural heritage such as the land and its people, religion and society, visual and performing arts, and history. The programs also focus on other contemporary issues in economic development, education, women's rights, grassroots movements and Indo-American relations. As part of the seminar activity, each participant also develops a curriculum project. The Education Resources Information Center, in Washington, D.C., maintains record of all projects submitted as part of the Seminars Abroad programs.
Number of Awards: Approximately 16
Duration: Five weeks
Please visit http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap for grant benefit details and application procedures.