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The American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS), an association of 14 Universities and Institutes of higher learning including reputed Universities in the USA, aims at promoting scholarly level understanding between Bangladesh and USA. Supported by help and assistance of the Government of Bangladesh, through Ministry of Foreign Affairs (since its establishment in 1989) and the US Federal Government from 1993, the AIBS has been strengthening, steadily and continuously the understanding of Bangladesh in the USA.

The main objectives of the Institute are to promote educational exchange at the advanced level between the peoples of Bangladesh and the United States. Research grants are provided on a regular basis to American scholars to pursue research in Bangladesh on studies and projects aimed at understanding of the history, society and culture of Bangladesh. Grants are also provided to Bangladeshi scholars for reciprocal purposes, under the parallel program initiated in July 1993 with financial assistance of the USIA, (now State Department).

The AIBS operates its activities in Bangladesh through the Centre for Development Research, Bangladesh (CDRB). 66 grantees of the AIBS have completed their assignments in Bangladesh during 1990 to December 2004, one US scholar, grantee of AIBS, is now in the country conducting research. 14 American Universities/Institutions are currently affiliated with the AIBS. These include: University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Berkeley, University of Columbia, University of Chicago, Cornell University, The Pennsylvania State University, Lock Haven University, North Carolina State University, Rowan University, New Jersey, Southern Illinois University, Syracuse University, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas, Austin, University of Washington, Wake Forest University.

With the growing participation and interest in its program both in the United States and Bangladesh, the supporting program funded by the US Federal Government through the USIA (now State Department) and Council of American Overseas Research Centres (CAORC) has helped to expand the activities for scholarly exchanges by providing grants to Bangladeshi scholars to visit the United States for research and educational purposes. This grant from the USIA (now State Department) provided dollar funds, during the last eleven financial years (1993-2004) to finance 17 short-term grants to Bangladeshi scholars from the Dhaka University, Jahangir Nagar University, Chittagong University and Rajshahi University and Shahjalal University, Sylhet. The grant also is designed to support a seminar every year for Faculty and Administration Development in public and private Universities and other higher educational institutions in Bangladesh.
Under the US Federal Government grants the AIBS has been running since 1994, a programme of orientation visit to Bangladesh by undergraduate students teams from various US Universities and colleges. The teams are led by Faculty members and visit Bangladesh for a period of 3 weeks exposing themselves to the life, culture, development and academic activities of Bangladesh. They also travel outside Dhaka to see life in the outlying areas and visit such places as Chittagong, Comilla, Sylhet, Jessore and Khulna. The teams that have so far visited Bangladesh are:

Penn. State University, Muhlenberg College & Juniata College, Pennsylvania, USA (May, 1994).
Juniata College, Pennsylvania, USA May, 1995).
Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA (May-June,1996).
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, USA (June-July, 1997).
Hampton University, Virginia, USA (May, 1998).
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, USA (May-June, 1999).
Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA (May-June, 2000).
Middlebury College, Vermont, USA (January, 2001).
Winona State University Minnesota (November – December 2003).
Penn State University (May – June 2004).
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