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National Resource Center


National Resource Center

The National Resource Center (NRC) Program of the U.S. Department of Education provides funding grants to American universities to establish, strengthen, and operate language and area or international studies centers that will be national resources for teaching any modern foreign language.

Also known as Title VI grants, because the program is formally established in Title VI, Part A, § 602 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (Title VI was originally authorized as Title VI of the National Defense Education Act of 1958 as a response to the launch of Sputnik I and the U.S. government’s recognition that a stronger and broader capacity in foreign language and area studies was needed.),[1] these grants support undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on:

  • instruction of fields and topics that provide full understanding of areas, regions or countries;
  • research and training in international studies;
  • work in the language aspects of professional fields and research, and
  • instruction and research on issues critical to current world affairs.[2]

The NRC grants are awarded on a quadrennial schedule, through a competition overseen by the Office of International and Foreign Language Education (formerly the International Education Programs Service) within the Department of Education. The most recent award competition provided funding for the FY 2010-2013 period.

2006-2009 National Resource Centers[3]

International studies



  • Michigan State University
  • University of Minnesota - Consortium for the Study of the Asias [1]
  • University of Colorado - Center for Asian Studies


East Asia

Europe and Russia

  • Cornell University,
    Syracuse University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Yale University

Inner Asia

Latin America

Middle East

Pacific Islands

Russia East Europe

  • Columbia University
  • Duke University,
    University of North Carolina (joint)
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University — Russian and East European Institute
  • Ohio State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago — Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES)
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Texas
  • University of Washington — Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
  • University of Wisconsin - Center for Russia, East Europe & Central Asia

South Asia

Southeast Asia

  • Cornell University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Ohio University
  • University of California, Berkeley,
    University of California, Los Angeles (joint)
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Washington — Southeast Asia Center
  • University of Wisconsin - Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Western Europe/Europe

  • Indiana University
  • New York University,
    Columbia University (joint)
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois - European Union Center
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Washington — Center for West European Studies
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison - Center for European Studies


  1. ^ "Title VI 50th Anniversary Meeting".  
  2. ^ "National Resource Centers Program for Foreign Language and Area Studies white paper" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ "NRC and FLAS Fellowship Program Grantees and Funding for FY 2006 and 2007" (PDF). National Resource Centers Program. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 

External links

  • International Education Programs Service
  • Title VI National Resource Centers web portal
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