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E8–22480 Filed 9–23–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.022A. DATES: Applications Available: September 24, 2008. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: November 13, 2008. Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The FulbrightHays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55055 provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States. Priorities: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(ii), this priority is from the regulations for this program (34 CFR 662.21(d)). Absolute Priority: For FY 2009, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: A research project that focuses on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories). Please note that applications that propose projects focused on Western Europe are not eligible. Within this absolute priority, we give competitive preference to applications that address the following priority. Competitive Preference Priority: For FY 2009, this priority is a competitive preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) and 34 CFR 662.21(d)(2)(iii), we award an additional five (5) points to an application that meets this priority. This priority is: A research project that focuses on any of the seventy-eight (78) languages deemed critical on the U.S. Department of Education’s list of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) found below. This list includes the following: Akan (Twi-Fante), Albanian, Amharic, Arabic (all dialects), Armenian, Azeri (Azerbaijani), Balochi, Bamanakan (Bamana, Bambara, Mandikan, Mandingo, Maninka, Dyula), Belarusian, Bengali (Bangla), Berber (all languages), Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cebuano (Visayan), Chechen, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Gan), Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Min), Chinese (Wu), Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Georgian, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew (Modern), Hindi, Igbo, Indonesian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Khmer (Cambodian), Kirghiz, Korean, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kurdish (Sorani), Lao, Malay (Bahasa Melayu or Malaysian), Malayalam, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, Oromo, Panjabi, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (all varieties), Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala (Sinhalese), Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrigna, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 55056 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 24, 2008 / Notices Urdu, Uyghur/Uigur, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, and Zulu. Program Authority: 22 U.S.C. 2452(b)(6). Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 662. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of higher education (IHEs) only. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants redistributed as fellowships to individual beneficiaries. As part of its FY 2009 budget request, the Administration proposed to continue to allow funds to be used to support the applications of individuals who plan both to utilize their language skills in world areas vital to the United States national security and to apply their language skills and knowledge of these countries in the fields of government, international development, and various professions. Therefore, students planning to apply their language skills in such fields are eligible to apply for this program, in addition to those planning teaching careers. However, authority to use funds in this manner depends on final Congressional action. Applicants will be given an opportunity to amend their applications if such authority is not provided. Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $13,372,000 for International Education and Foreign Language Studies Overseas Programs, of which we propose to allocate $4,731,000 for new awards for this program for FY 2009. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program. Estimated Range of Fellowship Awards: $15,000–$60,000. Estimated Average Size of Fellowship Awards: $37,000. Estimated Number of Fellowship Awards: 127. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: The institutional project period is 18 months beginning July 1, 2009. Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months nor more than twelve months. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:26 Sep 23, 2008 Jkt 214001 III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: IHEs. As part of the application process, students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then officially submits all eligible individual student applications with its grant application to the Department. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost sharing or matching. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: Both IHEs and student applicants can obtain an application package by contacting Carla White, International Education Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 6000, Washington, DC 20006–8521. Telephone: (202) 502–7700 or by e-mail: carla.white@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the program contact person listed in this section. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for this program. Page Limit: The application narrative is where the student applicant addresses the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate the application. The student applicant must limit the application narrative to no more than 10 pages and the bibliography to no more than 2 pages, using the following standards: • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, and both sides. • Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) all text in the application narrative. However, student applicants may single space all text in charts, tables, figures, graphs, titles, headings, footnotes, endnotes, quotations, bibliography, and captions. • Use a font that is either 12 point or larger; or, no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch). Student applicants may use a 10 point font in charts, tables, figures, graphs, footnotes, and endnotes. However, these items are considered part of the narrative and counted within the 10 page limit. • Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, Courier New, or Arial. An application submitted PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in any other font (including Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted. The page limits only apply to the application narrative and bibliography. The page limits do not apply to the Application for Federal Assistance face sheet (SF 424); the supplemental information form required by the Department of Education; and the assurances and certification. However, student applicants must include their complete responses to the selection criteria in the application narrative. We will reject a student applicant’s application if the student applicant exceeds the page limits. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: September 24, 2008. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: November 13, 2008. Applications for grants under this program must be submitted electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-Application) available through the Department’s e-Grants system. For information (including dates and times) about how to submit an IHE’s application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery if an IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, please refer to section IV. 6. Other Submission Requirements in this notice. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the application process, the individual’s application remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this notice. 4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is not subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. 5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice. 6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under this program must be submitted electronically, unless an IHE qualifies for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in this section. E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 24, 2008 / Notices a. Electronic Submission of Applications. Applications for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program, CFDA Number 84.022A, must be submitted electronically using e-Application available through the Department’s e-Grants system, accessible through the e-Grants portal page at: http://e-grants.ed.gov. We will reject an application if an IHE submits it in paper format unless, as described elsewhere in this section, the IHE qualifies for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submits, no later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written statement to the Department that the IHE qualifies for one of these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement. While completing the electronic application, both the IHE and the student applicant will be entering data online that will be saved into a database. Neither the IHE nor the student applicant may e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us. Please note the following: • The process for submitting applications electronically under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program has several parts. The following is a brief summary of the process; however, all applicants should review and follow the detailed description of the application process that is contained in the application package. In summary, the major parts are as follows: (1) IHEs must e-mail the following information to ddra@ed.gov: Name of university, and full name and e-mail address of potential project director. We recommend that applicant IHEs submit this information as soon as possible to ensure that applicant IHEs obtain access to the e-Application system well before the application deadline date. We suggest that applicant IHEs send this information no later than two weeks prior to the closing date, in order to facilitate timely submission of their applications; (2) Students must complete their individual applications and submit them to their IHE’s project director using e-Application; (3) Persons providing references for individual students must complete and submit reference forms for the students and submit them to the IHE’s project director using e-Application; and (4) The IHE’s project director must VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:26 Sep 23, 2008 Jkt 214001 officially submit the IHE’s application, which must include all eligible individual student applications, reference forms, and other required forms, using e-Application. Student transcripts, however, must be mailed or hand delivered to the Department on or before the application deadline date using the applicable mail or hand delivery instructions for paper applications in this notice. • The IHE must complete the electronic submission of the grant application by 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The eApplication system will not accept an application for this program after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that both the IHE and the student applicant not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process. • The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6:00 a.m. Monday until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday; and 6:00 a.m. Thursday until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Washington, DC time. Please note that the system is unavailable on Sundays after 8:00 p.m., and between 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6:00 a.m. on Thursdays, Washington, DC time, for maintenance. Any modifications to these hours are posted on the e-Grants Web site. • Student applicants will not receive additional point value because the student submits his or her application in electronic format, nor will we penalize the IHE or student applicant if the applicant qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submits an application in paper format. • IHEs must submit all documents, except for student transcripts, electronically, including the Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Supplement to the SF 424, and all necessary assurances and certifications. Both IHEs and student applicants must attach any narrative sections of the application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable Document) format. If an IHE or a student applicant uploads a file type other than the three file types specified above or submits a password protected file, we will not review that material. • Student transcripts must be mailed or hand delivered to the Department on or before the application deadline date in accordance with the applicable mail or hand delivery instructions for paper applications described in this notice. PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55057 • Both the IHE’s and the student applicant’s electronic application must comply with any page limit requirements described in this notice. • Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may wish to print a copy of it for your records. • After the individual student applicant electronically submits his or her application to the student’s IHE, the student will receive an automatic acknowledgment. In addition, the applicant IHE’s project director will receive a copy of this acknowledgment by e-mail. After a person submits a reference electronically, he or she will receive an online confirmation. After the applicant IHE submits its application, including all eligible individual student applications, to the Department, the applicant IHE will receive an automatic acknowledgment, which will include a PR/Award Number (an identifying number unique to the IHE’s application). • Within three working days after submitting the IHE’s electronic application, the IHE must fax a signed copy of the SF 424 to the Application Control Center after following these steps: (1) Print SF 424 from e-Application. (2) The applicant IHE’s Authorizing Representative must sign this form. (3) Place the PR/Award Number in the upper right hand corner of the hardcopy signature page of the SF 424. (4) Fax the signed SF 424 to the Application Control Center at (202) 245–6272. • We may request that you provide us original signatures on the SF 424 and other forms at a later date. Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of e-Application System Unavailability: If an IHE is prevented from electronically submitting its application on the application deadline date because the e-Application system is unavailable, we will grant the IHE an extension of one business day to enable the IHE to transmit its application electronically, by mail, or by hand delivery. We will grant this extension if— (1) The IHE is a registered user of eApplication and the IHE has initiated an electronic application for this competition; and (2)(a) The e-Application system is unavailable for 60 minutes or more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date; or (b) The e-Application system is unavailable for any period of time between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 55058 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 24, 2008 / Notices We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability before granting the IHE an extension. To request this extension or to confirm our acknowledgement of any system unavailability, an IHE may contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT (see section VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-Grants help desk at 1–888–336–8930. If the system is down and, therefore, the application deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all registered users who have initiated an e-Application. Extensions referred to in this section apply only to the unavailability of the Department’s eApplication system. Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: An IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit its application in paper format, if the IHE is unable to submit an application through the e-Application system because— • The IHE or a student applicant does not have access to the Internet; or • The IHE or a student applicant does not have the capacity to upload large documents to the Department’s eApplication system; and • No later than two weeks before the application deadline date (14 calendar days; or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business day following the Federal holiday), the IHE mails or faxes a written statement to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception prevents the IHE from using the Internet to submit its application. If an IHE mails a written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If an IHE faxes its written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. Address and mail or fax this statement to: Amy Wilson, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 6000, Washington, DC 20006–8521. FAX: (202) 502–7860. The IHE’s paper application must be submitted in accordance with the mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice. b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail. If an IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, the IHE may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier) its application to the Department. The IHE must mail the original and two copies of the application, on or before VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:26 Sep 23, 2008 Jkt 214001 the application deadline date, to the Department at the applicable following address: By mail through the U.S. Postal Service: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.022A), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202–4260; or By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center—Stop 4260, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.022A), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785–1506. Regardless of which address the IHE uses, the IHE must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following: (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark. (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service. (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier. (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. If the IHE mails its application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing: (1) A private metered postmark. (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service. If the IHE’s application is postmarked after the application deadline date, we will not consider its application. Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, the IHE should check with its local post office. c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery. If an IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, the IHE (or a courier service) may deliver its paper application to the Department by hand. The IHE must deliver the original and two copies of the application, by hand, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.022A), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260. The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily between 8:00:00 a.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays. Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If an IHE mails or hand delivers its application to the Department: PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (1) The IHE must indicate on the envelope and—if not provided by the Department—in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA Number, and suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which the IHE is submitting its application. (2) The Application Control Center will mail a grant application receipt acknowledgment to the IHE. If the IHE does not receive the grant application receipt acknowledgment within 15 business days from the application deadline date, the IHE should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245–6288. V. Application Review Information 1. General: For FY 2009, student applications are divided into seven categories based on the world area focus of their research projects, as described in the absolute priority listed in this notice. Language and area studies experts in seven discrete world areabased panels will review the student applications. Each panel reviews, scores, and ranks its applications separately from the applications assigned to the other world area panels. However, all fellowship applications will be ranked together from the highest to lowest score for funding purposes. 2. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are from 34 CFR 662.21 and are listed in the following paragraphs. The maximum score for all of the criteria, including the competitive preference priority, is 105 points. The maximum score for each criterion is indicated in parentheses. Quality of proposed project (60 points): In determining the quality of the research project proposed by the applicant, the Secretary considers (1) The statement of the major hypotheses to be tested or questions to be examined, and the description and justification of the research methods to be used (10 points); (2) The relationship of the research to the literature on the topic and to major theoretical issues in the field, and the project’s originality and importance in terms of the concerns of the discipline (10 points); (3) The preliminary research already completed in the United States and overseas or plans for such research prior to going overseas, and the kinds, quality and availability of data for the research in the host country or countries (10 points); (4) The justification for overseas field research and preparations to establish appropriate and sufficient research contacts and affiliations abroad (10 points); (5) The applicant’s plans to share the results of the research in progress and a copy of the dissertation with scholars and officials of the host E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 24, 2008 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES country or countries (10 points); and (6) The guidance and supervision of the dissertation advisor or committee at all stages of the project, including guidance in developing the project, understanding research conditions abroad, and acquainting the applicant with research in the field (10 points). Qualifications of the applicant (40 points): In determining the qualifications of the applicant, the Secretary considers (1) The overall strength of the applicant’s graduate academic record (10 points); (2) The extent to which the applicant’s academic record demonstrates strength in area studies relevant to the proposed project (10 points); (3) The applicant’s proficiency in one or more of the languages (other than English and the applicant’s native language) of the country or countries of research, and the specific measures to be taken to overcome any anticipated language barriers (15 points); and (4) The applicant’s ability to conduct research in a foreign cultural context, as evidenced by the applicant’s references or previous overseas experience, or both (5 points). VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: If a student application is successful, we notify the IHE’s U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send the IHE a Grant Award Notice (GAN). We may notify the IHE informally, also. If a student application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we notify the IHE. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the application package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice. We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice and include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also incorporates its approved application as part of its binding commitments under the grant. 3. Reporting: At the end of the project period, the IHE must submit a final performance report, including the final reports of all of the IHE’s fellows, and financial information, as directed by the Secretary. The IHE and fellows are required to use the electronic reporting system International Resource Information System (IRIS) to complete the final report. 4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, the objective for The VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:36 Sep 23, 2008 Jkt 214001 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program is to provide grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months. The Department will use the following DDRA measures to evaluate its success in meeting this objective: Performance Measure 1: The average language competency score of FulbrightHays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship recipients at the end of their period of research minus their average score at the beginning of the period. Performance Measure 2: Percentage of projects judged successful by program officers, based on information provided in annual performance reports. Efficiency measure: Cost per fellow increasing language competency by at least one level in one (or all three) area. The information provided by grantees in their performance report submitted via IRIS will be the source of data for this measure. Reporting screens for institutions and fellows may be viewed at: http://www.ieps-iris.org/iris/pdfs/ DDRA_fellow.pdf and http://www.iepsiris.org/iris/pdfs/DDRA_director.pdf. VII. Agency Contact FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Wilson, International Education Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 6000, Washington, DC 20006–8521. Telephone: (202) 502–7700 or by e-mail: amy.wilson@ed.gov. If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1–800–877–8339. VIII. Other Information Alternative Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice. Electronic Access to This Document: You can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ fedregister. To use PDF, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55059 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, DC area at (202) 512–1530. Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; 
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship 
Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 
(FY) 2009

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.022A.

DATES: Applications Available: September 24, 2008.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: November 13, 2008.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation 
Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to 
doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad 
in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed 
to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern 
foreign languages and area studies in the United States.
    Priorities: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(ii), this 
priority is from the regulations for this program (34 CFR 662.21(d)).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2009, this priority is an absolute 
priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that 
meet this priority.
    This priority is:
    A research project that focuses on one or more of the following 
geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific 
Islands, South Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, 
and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its 
territories). Please note that applications that propose projects 
focused on Western Europe are not eligible.
    Within this absolute priority, we give competitive preference to 
applications that address the following priority.
    Competitive Preference Priority: For FY 2009, this priority is a 
competitive preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) and 34 
CFR 662.21(d)(2)(iii), we award an additional five (5) points to an 
application that meets this priority.
    This priority is:
    A research project that focuses on any of the seventy-eight (78) 
languages deemed critical on the U.S. Department of Education's list of 
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) found below.
    This list includes the following: Akan (Twi-Fante), Albanian, 
Amharic, Arabic (all dialects), Armenian, Azeri (Azerbaijani), Balochi, 
Bamanakan (Bamana, Bambara, Mandikan, Mandingo, Maninka, Dyula), 
Belarusian, Bengali (Bangla), Berber (all languages), Bosnian, 
Bulgarian, Burmese, Cebuano (Visayan), Chechen, Chinese (Cantonese), 
Chinese (Gan), Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Min), Chinese (Wu), 
Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Georgian, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew (Modern), 
Hindi, Igbo, Indonesian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kashmiri, Kazakh, 
Khmer (Cambodian), Kirghiz, Korean, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kurdish 
(Sorani), Lao, Malay (Bahasa Melayu or Malaysian), Malayalam, Marathi, 
Mongolian, Nepali, Oromo, Panjabi, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, 
Portuguese (all varieties), Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, 
Sinhala (Sinhalese), Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, 
Thai, Tibetan, Tigrigna, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian,

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Urdu, Uyghur/Uigur, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, and Zulu.
    Program Authority: 22 U.S.C. 2452(b)(6).
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 81, 82, 
84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The regulations for this program in 34 
CFR part 662.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of 
higher education (IHEs) only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants redistributed as fellowships to 
individual beneficiaries. As part of its FY 2009 budget request, the 
Administration proposed to continue to allow funds to be used to 
support the applications of individuals who plan both to utilize their 
language skills in world areas vital to the United States national 
security and to apply their language skills and knowledge of these 
countries in the fields of government, international development, and 
various professions. Therefore, students planning to apply their 
language skills in such fields are eligible to apply for this program, 
in addition to those planning teaching careers. However, authority to 
use funds in this manner depends on final Congressional action. 
Applicants will be given an opportunity to amend their applications if 
such authority is not provided.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$13,372,000 for International Education and Foreign Language Studies 
Overseas Programs, of which we propose to allocate $4,731,000 for new 
awards for this program for FY 2009. The actual level of funding, if 
any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting 
applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if 
Congress appropriates funds for this program.
    Estimated Range of Fellowship Awards: $15,000-$60,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Fellowship Awards: $37,000.
    Estimated Number of Fellowship Awards: 127.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice.

    Project Period: The institutional project period is 18 months 
beginning July 1, 2009. Students may request funding for a period of no 
less than six months nor more than twelve months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: IHEs. As part of the application process, 
students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then 
officially submits all eligible individual student applications with 
its grant application to the Department.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost 
sharing or matching.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: Both IHEs and student 
applicants can obtain an application package by contacting Carla White, 
International Education Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education, 
1990 K Street, NW., room 6000, Washington, DC 20006-8521. Telephone: 
(202) 502-7700 or by e-mail: carla.white@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the 
Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format (e.g., braille, large print, 
audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the program contact 
person listed in this section.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you 
must submit, are in the application package for this program.
    Page Limit: The application narrative is where the student 
applicant addresses the selection criteria that reviewers use to 
evaluate the application. The student applicant must limit the 
application narrative to no more than 10 pages and the bibliography to 
no more than 2 pages, using the following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative. However, student applicants may 
single space all text in charts, tables, figures, graphs, titles, 
headings, footnotes, endnotes, quotations, bibliography, and captions.
     Use a font that is either 12 point or larger; or, no 
smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch). Student applicants may use 
a 10 point font in charts, tables, figures, graphs, footnotes, and 
endnotes. However, these items are considered part of the narrative and 
counted within the 10 page limit.
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial. An application submitted in any other font 
(including Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.
    The page limits only apply to the application narrative and 
bibliography. The page limits do not apply to the Application for 
Federal Assistance face sheet (SF 424); the supplemental information 
form required by the Department of Education; and the assurances and 
certification. However, student applicants must include their complete 
responses to the selection criteria in the application narrative.
    We will reject a student applicant's application if the student 
applicant exceeds the page limits.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: September 24, 2008.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: November 13, 2008.
    Applications for grants under this program must be submitted 
electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-
Application) available through the Department's e-Grants system. For 
information (including dates and times) about how to submit an IHE's 
application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery 
if an IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, please refer to section IV. 6. Other Submission 
Requirements in this notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact 
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII 
in this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the 
application process, the individual's application remains subject to 
all other requirements and limitations in this notice.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is not subject to 
Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this program must be submitted electronically, unless an IHE qualifies 
for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the 
instructions in this section.

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    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    Applications for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral 
Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program, CFDA Number 84.022A, 
must be submitted electronically using e-Application available through 
the Department's e-Grants system, accessible through the e-Grants 
portal page at: http://e-grants.ed.gov.
    We will reject an application if an IHE submits it in paper format 
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, the IHE qualifies for 
one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and 
submits, no later than two weeks before the application deadline date, 
a written statement to the Department that the IHE qualifies for one of 
these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date 
that is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided 
later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission 
Requirement.
    While completing the electronic application, both the IHE and the 
student applicant will be entering data online that will be saved into 
a database. Neither the IHE nor the student applicant may e-mail an 
electronic copy of a grant application to us.
    Please note the following:
     The process for submitting applications electronically 
under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad 
Fellowship Program has several parts. The following is a brief summary 
of the process; however, all applicants should review and follow the 
detailed description of the application process that is contained in 
the application package. In summary, the major parts are as follows: 
(1) IHEs must e-mail the following information to ddra@ed.gov: Name of 
university, and full name and e-mail address of potential project 
director. We recommend that applicant IHEs submit this information as 
soon as possible to ensure that applicant IHEs obtain access to the e-
Application system well before the application deadline date. We 
suggest that applicant IHEs send this information no later than two 
weeks prior to the closing date, in order to facilitate timely 
submission of their applications; (2) Students must complete their 
individual applications and submit them to their IHE's project director 
using e-Application; (3) Persons providing references for individual 
students must complete and submit reference forms for the students and 
submit them to the IHE's project director using e-Application; and (4) 
The IHE's project director must officially submit the IHE's 
application, which must include all eligible individual student 
applications, reference forms, and other required forms, using e-
Application. Student transcripts, however, must be mailed or hand 
delivered to the Department on or before the application deadline date 
using the applicable mail or hand delivery instructions for paper 
applications in this notice.
     The IHE must complete the electronic submission of the 
grant application by 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date. The e-Application system will not accept an 
application for this program after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that 
both the IHE and the student applicant not wait until the application 
deadline date to begin the application process.
     The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site 
are 6:00 a.m. Monday until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday; and 6:00 a.m. Thursday 
until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Washington, DC time. Please note that the 
system is unavailable on Sundays after 8:00 p.m., and between 7:00 p.m. 
on Wednesdays and 6:00 a.m. on Thursdays, Washington, DC time, for 
maintenance. Any modifications to these hours are posted on the e-
Grants Web site.
     Student applicants will not receive additional point value 
because the student submits his or her application in electronic 
format, nor will we penalize the IHE or student applicant if the 
applicant qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submits an 
application in paper format.
     IHEs must submit all documents, except for student 
transcripts, electronically, including the Application for Federal 
Assistance (SF 424), the Supplement to the SF 424, and all necessary 
assurances and certifications. Both IHEs and student applicants must 
attach any narrative sections of the application as files in a .DOC 
(document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable Document) format. If an 
IHE or a student applicant uploads a file type other than the three 
file types specified above or submits a password protected file, we 
will not review that material.
     Student transcripts must be mailed or hand delivered to 
the Department on or before the application deadline date in accordance 
with the applicable mail or hand delivery instructions for paper 
applications described in this notice.
     Both the IHE's and the student applicant's electronic 
application must comply with any page limit requirements described in 
this notice.
     Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may 
wish to print a copy of it for your records.
     After the individual student applicant electronically 
submits his or her application to the student's IHE, the student will 
receive an automatic acknowledgment. In addition, the applicant IHE's 
project director will receive a copy of this acknowledgment by e-mail. 
After a person submits a reference electronically, he or she will 
receive an online confirmation. After the applicant IHE submits its 
application, including all eligible individual student applications, to 
the Department, the applicant IHE will receive an automatic 
acknowledgment, which will include a PR/Award Number (an identifying 
number unique to the IHE's application).
     Within three working days after submitting the IHE's 
electronic application, the IHE must fax a signed copy of the SF 424 to 
the Application Control Center after following these steps:
    (1) Print SF 424 from e-Application.
    (2) The applicant IHE's Authorizing Representative must sign this 
form.
    (3) Place the PR/Award Number in the upper right hand corner of the 
hard-copy signature page of the SF 424.
    (4) Fax the signed SF 424 to the Application Control Center at 
(202) 245-6272.
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
the SF 424 and other forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of e-Application System 
Unavailability: If an IHE is prevented from electronically submitting 
its application on the application deadline date because the e-
Application system is unavailable, we will grant the IHE an extension 
of one business day to enable the IHE to transmit its application 
electronically, by mail, or by hand delivery. We will grant this 
extension if--
    (1) The IHE is a registered user of e-Application and the IHE has 
initiated an electronic application for this competition; and
    (2)(a) The e-Application system is unavailable for 60 minutes or 
more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date; or
    (b) The e-Application system is unavailable for any period of time 
between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date.

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    We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability 
before granting the IHE an extension. To request this extension or to 
confirm our acknowledgement of any system unavailability, an IHE may 
contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT (see section VII. Agency Contact) or (2) 
the e-Grants help desk at 1-888-336-8930. If the system is down and, 
therefore, the application deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent 
to all registered users who have initiated an e-Application. Extensions 
referred to in this section apply only to the unavailability of the 
Department's e-Application system.
    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: An IHE qualifies 
for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may 
submit its application in paper format, if the IHE is unable to submit 
an application through the e-Application system because--
     The IHE or a student applicant does not have access to the 
Internet; or
     The IHE or a student applicant does not have the capacity 
to upload large documents to the Department's e-Application system; and
     No later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date (14 calendar days; or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the 
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business 
day following the Federal holiday), the IHE mails or faxes a written 
statement to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an 
exception prevents the IHE from using the Internet to submit its 
application. If an IHE mails a written statement to the Department, it 
must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application 
deadline date. If an IHE faxes its written statement to the Department, 
we must receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the 
application deadline date.
    Address and mail or fax this statement to: Amy Wilson, U.S. 
Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 6000, Washington, DC 
20006-8521. FAX: (202) 502-7860.
    The IHE's paper application must be submitted in accordance with 
the mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
    If an IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, the IHE may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a 
commercial carrier) its application to the Department. The IHE must 
mail the original and two copies of the application, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the applicable 
following address:

By mail through the U.S. Postal Service: U.S. Department of Education, 
Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.022A), 400 
Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-4260; or
By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education, 
Application Control Center--Stop 4260, Attention: (CFDA Number 
84.022A), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785-1506.

    Regardless of which address the IHE uses, the IHE must show proof 
of mailing consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service.
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier.
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If the IHE mails its application through the U.S. Postal Service, 
we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark.
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If the IHE's application is postmarked after the application 
deadline date, we will not consider its application.

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated 
postmark. Before relying on this method, the IHE should check with 
its local post office.

    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery.
    If an IHE qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, the IHE (or a courier service) may deliver its paper 
application to the Department by hand. The IHE must deliver the 
original and two copies of the application, by hand, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address:
    U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, 
Attention: (CFDA Number 84.022A), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, 
Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8:00:00 a.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, except 
Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.
    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If an IHE 
mails or hand delivers its application to the Department:
    (1) The IHE must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by 
the Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA Number, and suffix 
letter, if any, of the competition under which the IHE is submitting 
its application.
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail a grant application 
receipt acknowledgment to the IHE. If the IHE does not receive the 
grant application receipt acknowledgment within 15 business days from 
the application deadline date, the IHE should call the U.S. Department 
of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. General: For FY 2009, student applications are divided into 
seven categories based on the world area focus of their research 
projects, as described in the absolute priority listed in this notice. 
Language and area studies experts in seven discrete world area-based 
panels will review the student applications. Each panel reviews, 
scores, and ranks its applications separately from the applications 
assigned to the other world area panels. However, all fellowship 
applications will be ranked together from the highest to lowest score 
for funding purposes.
    2. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition 
are from 34 CFR 662.21 and are listed in the following paragraphs. The 
maximum score for all of the criteria, including the competitive 
preference priority, is 105 points. The maximum score for each 
criterion is indicated in parentheses.
    Quality of proposed project (60 points): In determining the quality 
of the research project proposed by the applicant, the Secretary 
considers (1) The statement of the major hypotheses to be tested or 
questions to be examined, and the description and justification of the 
research methods to be used (10 points); (2) The relationship of the 
research to the literature on the topic and to major theoretical issues 
in the field, and the project's originality and importance in terms of 
the concerns of the discipline (10 points); (3) The preliminary 
research already completed in the United States and overseas or plans 
for such research prior to going overseas, and the kinds, quality and 
availability of data for the research in the host country or countries 
(10 points); (4) The justification for overseas field research and 
preparations to establish appropriate and sufficient research contacts 
and affiliations abroad (10 points); (5) The applicant's plans to share 
the results of the research in progress and a copy of the dissertation 
with scholars and officials of the host

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country or countries (10 points); and (6) The guidance and supervision 
of the dissertation advisor or committee at all stages of the project, 
including guidance in developing the project, understanding research 
conditions abroad, and acquainting the applicant with research in the 
field (10 points).
    Qualifications of the applicant (40 points): In determining the 
qualifications of the applicant, the Secretary considers (1) The 
overall strength of the applicant's graduate academic record (10 
points); (2) The extent to which the applicant's academic record 
demonstrates strength in area studies relevant to the proposed project 
(10 points); (3) The applicant's proficiency in one or more of the 
languages (other than English and the applicant's native language) of 
the country or countries of research, and the specific measures to be 
taken to overcome any anticipated language barriers (15 points); and 
(4) The applicant's ability to conduct research in a foreign cultural 
context, as evidenced by the applicant's references or previous 
overseas experience, or both (5 points).

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If a student application is successful, we notify 
the IHE's U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send the IHE a 
Grant Award Notice (GAN). We may notify the IHE informally, also.
    If a student application is not evaluated or not selected for 
funding, we notify the IHE.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section in this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates its approved application as part of its binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Reporting: At the end of the project period, the IHE must submit 
a final performance report, including the final reports of all of the 
IHE's fellows, and financial information, as directed by the Secretary. 
The IHE and fellows are required to use the electronic reporting system 
International Resource Information System (IRIS) to complete the final 
report.
    4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and 
Results Act of 1993, the objective for The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral 
Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program is to provide 
grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral 
students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign 
languages and area studies for periods of 6 to 12 months.
    The Department will use the following DDRA measures to evaluate its 
success in meeting this objective:
    Performance Measure 1: The average language competency score of 
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship 
recipients at the end of their period of research minus their average 
score at the beginning of the period.
    Performance Measure 2: Percentage of projects judged successful by 
program officers, based on information provided in annual performance 
reports.
    Efficiency measure: Cost per fellow increasing language competency 
by at least one level in one (or all three) area.
    The information provided by grantees in their performance report 
submitted via IRIS will be the source of data for this measure. 
Reporting screens for institutions and fellows may be viewed at: http:/
/www.ieps-iris.org/iris/pdfs/DDRA_fellow.pdf and http://www.ieps-
iris.org/iris/pdfs/DDRA_director.pdf. 

VII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Wilson, International Education 
Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., 
room 6000, Washington, DC 20006-8521. Telephone: (202) 502-7700 or by 
e-mail: amy.wilson@ed.gov.
    If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

    Alternative Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an alternative format 
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on 
request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice.
    Electronic Access to This Document: You can view this document, as 
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 
Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister.
    To use PDF, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. 
Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in 
the Washington, DC area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
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    Dated: September 19, 2008.
Cheryl A. Oldham,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
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