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 Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) Program
Deadline: March 5, 2021

The FY 2021 Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) Program, formerly known as the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad, advances the Bureau’s objective of supporting mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by building the institutional capacity of accredited U.S. higher education institutions to increase and/or diversify U.S. student mobility abroad in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. The IDEAS Program aims to increase and diversify study abroad through two main components, the administration of small grants and the implementation of capacity building initiatives.

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

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FY 2021 International Sports Programming Initiative
Deadline: March 11, 2021

The International Sports Programming Initiative uses sports to help underserved youth around the world develop important leadership skills, achieve academic success, promote tolerance and respect for diversity, and positively contribute to their home and host communities.  Sports Diplomacy programs are an important tool for advancing U.S. foreign policy goals through interaction with hard-to-reach groups such as at-risk youth, women, minorities, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers. 

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

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FY 2021 Global Media Makers
Deadline: March 16, 2021

The Global Media Makers (GMM) program seeks to elevate creative voices, crucial to building strong civil societies, by utilizing film and television to amplify issues such as, but not limited to, freedom of expression, pluralism, tolerance, women’s and youth empowerment.

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

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FY 2021 Global Sports Mentoring Program
Deadline: April 1, 2021

The FY 2021 Global Sports Mentoring Program model has two distinct professional development mentorship exchanges—the Sport for Community GSMP and the espnW GSMP. By empowering women and people with disabilities, the GSMP directly supports U.S. foreign policy goals, promotes social inclusion, and elevates the status of marginalized populations.  Through the mentorship experience, the GSMP encourages mutually beneficial relationships between American sports executives and leaders in the sports sector overseas. Tapping into the power of public-private partnerships and founded on participant-led business plans, the GSMP positively impacts communities at home and abroad and creates a more secure and democratic global playing field for all.

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

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FY 2021 Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program Organizational Components
Deadline: April 15, 2021

The FLEX Program provides scholarships for high school students from Europe and Eurasia to spend an academic year in the United States, living with a family and attending an American high school. In turn, these students expose U.S. citizens to the culture, traditions, and lifestyles of people of their home countries. FLEX students gain leadership skills, learn about American society and values, and teach Americans about FLEX countries and cultures.

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

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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

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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