Current Funding Opportunities

The following Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) have been announced on Grants.gov and will remain on this site until the closing dates. This site is updated whenever a NOFO opens or closes. Please read each NOFO for the closing date and other information for proposal preparation. If you have questions, staff contact information may be found in the text of each NOFO. Please review the proposal submission announcements below.

Updates and Announcements

Notice of Funding Opportunities
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FY 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Deadline: April 23, 2021

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which also includes the YALI Africa Regional Leadership Centers and the online YALI Network.  The Fellowship aims to build the skills of young African leaders to improve the accountability and transparency of government, start and expand their own businesses, and serve their communities. 

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (POGI) (PDF)
Sample Budget (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2021 Youth Leadership Programs with Algeria, Iraq, the Philippines, and Russia
Deadline: May 10, 2021

Youth Leadership Programs provide youth (typically between the ages of 15-17) and adult educators/community leaders (select programs) the opportunity to examine civic education, leadership development, respect for diversity, and community engagement through month long exchanges in the United States.  Participants engage in a variety of activities such as workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes and subthemes, interactive training, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, homestays with American families, and other activities designed to achieve the program’s stated goals. 

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (POGI) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2021 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators
Deadline: May 17, 2021

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators are intensive academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary-level educators (administrators, curriculum developers, education ministry officials, teachers, teacher trainers, and textbook writers) the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, education, culture, and institutions.  The ultimate goal is to promote the development and improvement of courses and teaching about the United States at secondary schools and teacher training institutions abroad. 

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (POGI) (PDF)
Budget Worksheet (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2021 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship
Deadline: May 17, 2021

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship began in 2006 to honor the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin, the legendary American statesman and diplomat, whose career, interests, and studies took him across the Atlantic Ocean, bringing about greater understanding between Americans and Europeans. As a diplomat and a printer, he used the power of diplomacy and the media to increase the exchange of information between Americans and the people of other countries.  The Fellowship aims to foster relationships among the younger generation of Americans and Europeans to build strong linkages and an awareness of shared values.  The program also explores how young people interact with the media, both as consumers and producers of information, and how freedom of expression provides rights to citizens and imposes responsibilities.

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (POGI) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2021 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Academic Fellowship
Deadline: May 24, 2021

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is designed to strengthen leadership development across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), deepen engagement with young leaders on key regional and global challenges, and strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and Southeast Asia.  The Academic Fellowship component of the greater YSEALI program is targeted at undergraduate students and recent graduates in Southeast Asia, and includes an intensive academic residency, community service activities, leadership development, and an integrated study tour.  Institutes should provide participants with an in-depth examination of Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues, or Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, while also heightening their awareness of the history and evolution of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions, broadly defined. 

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (POGI) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2021 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from the Western Hemisphere
Deadline: May 24, 2021

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders are intensive academic programs that provide groups of foreign undergraduate students with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, and institutions.  The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from the Western Hemisphere provides multinational groups of undergraduate students from the Western Hemisphere, primarily from indigenous, Afro-Latino, and underserved communities, with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (POGI) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2021 Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program
Deadline: May 25, 2021

The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program, offers foreign English teaching professionals and language learners the opportunity for professional development through high-quality virtual programming, including online university-level Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) methodology courses, online English language learning courses, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), webinars, communities of practice, social media, virtual exchanges, and other types of engaging and innovative virtual learning.

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2021 U.S. Exchange Alumni Network and Capacity Building Program
Deadline: May 27, 2021

The FY 2021 U.S. Exchange Alumni Network and Capacity Building Program seeks to build upon prior successes and further expand ECA/P/A’s engagement with U.S. alumni by offering professional development opportunities in different regions of the United States, providing funding opportunities for alumni to build on their exchange experience through small grants, and by enabling alumni to share their experiences through opportunities for mentorship, public outreach, and social media.  

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2021 Leaders Lead On-Demand Program
Deadline: June 1, 2021

The FY 2021 Leaders Lead On-Demand Program (formerly Professional Fellows On-Demand).  On-Demand is a program that takes ideas generated by U.S. Embassies and Consulates in the field and develops them into ECA has developed the Leaders Lead On-Demand Program to complement existing public diplomacy efforts supporting emerging young professionals and to allow the Department of State to more nimbly respond to emerging foreign policy issues and events around the world.  The Leaders Lead On-Demand Program will allow professionals from countries and regions around the world to take part in a specially-designed exchange focused on a specific U.S. foreign policy priority or foreign policy goal.

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2021 J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (Stevens Initiative)
Deadline: June 3, 2021

The J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (Stevens Initiative), developed in partnership with the Stevens Family Foundation is a multilateral public-private partnership that will strengthen engagement between young people in the Middle East and North Africa (NEA) and in the United States as a lasting tribute to the legacy of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.  The Stevens Initiative will use technology and online tools to facilitate educational exchanges between the United States and the Middle East and North Africa.  Through intensive, structured online engagements between youth at various education levels, the Initiative will increase mutual understanding and equip more than one million youth with the skills and aptitudes they need to succeed in the 21st century. 

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2021 TechGirls Program
Deadline: June 4, 2021

Launched in 2012, the TechGirls program is an intensive, educational youth exchange program designed to empower and support young women (ages 15-17) to pursue higher education and careers in in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields through hands-on skills development.  Echoing the goals of the Bureau’s TechWomen program, the TechGirls program supports development in the field of technology and helps young women to reach their full potential in the technology industry.  The program builds on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world and promote STEM education.  It also fosters sustained connections/networks and mutual understanding among the youth of the United States and participating countries around the globe.

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (POGI) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2021 BridgeUSA Leadership Development Program
Deadline: June 4, 2021

Through person-to-person exchanges, BridgeUSA supports the Department’s foreign policy objectives and strategic priorities, e.g., creating resilient communities, addressing disinformation by supporting civil society, open transparent institutions, global health, climate change, diversity and inclusion, and human rights. 

Since 2006, over four million exchange visitors have participated in BridgeUSA programs.  Exchange visitors who experience successful BridgeUSA programs become ”citizen ambassadors” who share their new understanding of American values with their friends and family upon return home.  This cooperative agreement seeks to further expand the Private Sector Exchange Directorate’s engagement with BridgeUSA exchange visitors by offering leadership development opportunities in Washington, D.C., and providing opportunities for these program alumni to connect with one another and build on their exchange experience through small grant funding.

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2021 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Alumni Exchange
Deadline: June 4, 2021

The FY 2021 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Alumni Exchange (AFCP-AE) is one of three initiatives that the Cultural Heritage Center will launch in 2021 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  Since its inception 20 years ago, the AFCP has supported over a thousand projects in more than 650 communities in 133 countries around the world. 

The AFCP-AE will strengthen connections between American cultural preservation experts and the vast network of cultural heritage preservation professionals from around the world who have participated in one or several of the preservation projects funded through AFCP since 2001.  The AFCP-AE supports the development of workshops to provide AFCP alumni networking, skill-building, and other professional development opportunities. 

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2021 Community Heritage Exchange Initiative
Deadline: June 4, 2021

The FY 2021 Community Heritage Exchange Initiative (CHEI) is one of three initiatives that the Cultural Heritage Center will launch in 2021 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  Since its inception 20 years ago, the AFCP has supported over a thousand projects in more than 650 communities in 133 countries around the world. 

The CHEI will strengthen connections between American and foreign communities by documenting and sharing stories of cultural heritage.  This initiative will provide communities, filmmakers and media specialists, both American and foreign, with new technical knowledge and skills that they may apply in their work.  The CHEI supports the documentation and exchange of community-centered stories about the value and impact of the AFCP and efforts to preserve and protect cultural heritage more broadly.  Communities participating in the initiative will receive technical and storytelling training and have opportunities to collaborate with U.S. experts to share their stories about the heritage the AFCP has helped to preserve using multi-media and virtual reality.

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

Notice of Funding Opportunities (Pending FY 2022 Funds)
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FY 2022 Fulbright Scholar Program
Deadline: June 1, 2021

For 75 years, the core Fulbright U.S. and Visiting Scholar Programs have offered awards for college and university faculty, including early career scholars, and for non-academic professionals (such as attorneys, artists, journalists, and business professionals), to lecture and conduct research abroad.  More than 100,000 U.S. and visiting (non-U.S.) scholars and professionals have participated in these exchanges since the Fulbright Program's inception in 1946.

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Project Objectives, Goals and Implementation (POGI) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2022 Fulbright Specialist Program
Deadline: June 1, 2021

The Fulbright Specialist Program is a key element of the Fulbright Program and a distinct component of the Fulbright Scholar Program.  It offers opportunities for U.S. academics and professionals (such as attorneys, business professionals, artists, and journalists) who possess significant professional, academic or artistic experience in their respective field, to build capacity and promote linkages between their home and overseas host institutions by engaging in short-term, collaborative projects.

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Project Objectives, Goals and Implementation (POGI) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2022 Critical Language Scholarship Program
Deadline: June 2, 2021

The CLS Program is a component of the U.S. Department of State’s effort to increase the number of Americans who learn critical foreign languages in support of the U.S. foreign policy goals of bolstering national security; promoting U.S. competitiveness and economic prosperity; and building mutual understanding with critical regions of the world.  The CLS Program languages for this award, determined annually by ECA, currently include Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Project Objectives, Goals and Implementation (POGI) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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FY 2022 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
Deadline: June 30, 2021

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was established by presidential initiative in 1978.  The program enhances leadership among international professionals who collaborate to address local and global challenges and foster change for our collective good.

Through academic study and professional development with U.S. counterparts, this growing global network shares best practices and builds expertise in fields of critical importance to advance societal and institutional capacity, promote human rights and freedoms, ensure sustainable environments, and develop thriving communities. As leaders in their fields, Humphrey Fellowship alumni become important interlocutors within their countries and regions, advancing solutions to global problems, often in collaboration with the United States and in support of U.S. bilateral relationships.

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) (PDF)
Project Objectives, Goals, and Implementation (POGI) (PDF)
Instructions and Mandatory Application Forms

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