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UNC’s area studies centers are housed in the FedEx Global Education Center on campus. (photo by Donn Young)

Area studies centers awarded $12 million in federal grants

UNC’s area studies centers will receive approximately $12 million in competitive federal Title VI funding over the next four years to support language and area studies coursework, global programming and events, and outreach and opportunities for educators across the southeastern United States.

The U.S. Department of Education will award approximately $5 million under the National Resource Center program and approximately $7 million under the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships program for 2022-25.

UNC is home to six Title VI-funded area studies centers, five of which are designated National Resource Centers for language and area studies. This is more than any other university in the U.S. Southeast. The centers, part of the College, provide programming and resources for instruction, learning and research related to world regions and modern languages.

Centers receiving funding are the African Studies Center, the Carolina Asia Center, the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, the Center for European Studies, the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Center for Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies.