Eligibility is limited to ACCREDITED public, state-controlled, and private institutions of higher education acting on behalf of the faculty mentor and doctoral-level graduate students. Additionally, research foundations that are affiliated with an accredited institution of higher learning are eligible. Eligible U.S. institutions may apply on behalf of their own university faculty who will serve as a mentor and Principal Investigator for an international non-U.S. citizen who is an advanced graduate student enrolled in their program.
To be eligible to administer the grant on behalf of the student, the institution must be fully accredited by one of the regional accrediting commissions recognized by the Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF ACCREDITATION with their application (e.g., letter from the Higher Learning Commission or the Office of Post-Secondary Education ID (OPE ID) number, which can be found at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx.). Research institutions must submit this information for the institution of higher learning to which they are affiliated.
Justification for limiting the competition to accredited public, private, and state-controlled universities and institutions of higher education and to faculty mentors with aforementioned academic credentials is based on the rationale that accredited universities and institutions of higher education provide the infrastructure to support doctoral-level student researchers. Applications from individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship for-profit organizations are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.