Every four years, area centers at U.S. universities compete for Title VI grant awards from the US Department of Education. There are two grants—National Resource Centers (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS).
NRC grants are awarded to the institutions with the most comprehensive resources on specific regions of the world, and with the grant comes the appellation of National Resource Center. For the 2010-2013 grant period, 21 grants were awarded for East Asia NRCs, 7 grants were awarded for Southeast Asia NRCs, and only 1 grant was awarded for a Pacific Islands NRC. The SPAS East Asia Council (Centers for Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies), the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies all received Title VI grants for this period. These grant funds are applied to a variety of projects which include curriculum development, library collection acquisitions, faculty professional development and outreach activities.
FLAS grants are awarded to the institutions that excel at the teaching and training of students in languages and area studies. Again, SPAS East Asia Council and Center for Southeast Asian Studies won significant awards which will provide scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students who study both language and area studies.
The three NRC grant awards to SPAS centers total nearly $3 million over four years, and the two FLAS awards add close to another $3 million for the same period. These funds are shared across UH, supporting students, faculty and programs beyond SPAS to strengthen the entire university.