Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): American Overseas Research Centers (AORC) Program CFDA Number 84.274A

Funding Agency:
Department of Education

The American Overseas Research Centers (AORC) Program provides grants to consortia of institutions of higher education (IHEs) to establish or operate an AORC that promotes postgraduate research, exchanges, and area studies.

AORC grants may be used to pay all or a portion of the cost of establishing or operating a center or program, including: The cost of operation and maintenance of overseas facilities; the cost of organizing and managing conferences; the cost of teaching and research materials; the cost of acquisition, maintenance, and preservation of library collections; the cost of bringing visiting scholars and faculty to the center to teach or to conduct research; the cost of faculty and staff stipends and salaries; the cost of faculty, staff, and student travel; and the cost of publication and dissemination of materials for the scholarly and general public. 

Deadline: Aug. 4, 2016

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

  • Invitational Priority 1. Projects that propose outreach and related activities designed to inform scholars and faculty at community colleges and minorityserving institutions of potential fellowships and other research and professional development opportunities at the AORC and encourage and facilitate the participation of these individuals in AORC programs
  • Invitational Priority 2. Projects that propose to leverage technology to provide open access to the AORC’s resources such as conference proceedings, and teaching, research, and outreach materials for use by the scholarly and general public

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants: Consortia of United States institutions of higher education that receive more than 50 percent of their funding from public or private United States sources, have a permanent presence in the country in which the center is located, and are organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, which are exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of such code.



Amount Description

Estimated Range of Awards: $48,000– $65,000 per year. 

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Curriculum Development
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

August 4, 2016