Frequently Asked Questions

How can the U.S Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy Division fund my project? What projects do they fund? How can I access the grants/cooperative agreements they offer?

The State Department Sports Diplomacy Division receives funding from Congress that is specifically designated for implementing our four two-way international sports-based exchange programs.  Each of these programs is implemented through cooperative agreements awarded to a U.S.-based implementing partner. For more information on open Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO), please visit and search the keyword “sports”.  The Sports Diplomacy Division does not accept unsolicited proposals for funding. 


If I am a coach or an athlete in the U.S. and would like to contribute to Sports Diplomacy programs, how can I do so?

  • If you are interested in serving as a Sports Envoy, please fill out our interest form here.
  • If you are interested in being involved in a Sports Visitor Program, please contact our implementing partners at FHI 360, via this page.    
  • If you are interested in being involved in the International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI), please see our implementing partner page

Is the Sports Diplomacy Division hiring? Do they offer professional development opportunities?

  • The Sports Diplomacy Division is in the Bureau of Educational Affairs at the U.S. State Department.  If you are interested in being employed by the U.S. State Department, available positions are posted on The Sports Diplomacy Division also takes on two interns per term through the in-person U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program and the e-intern Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program.  For more information on eligibility and application instructions for either of those programs please visit their respective websites hyperlinked above.  Please note that only U.S. citizens may apply for these opportunities. 

How can I request a general meeting to discuss Sports Diplomacy?

If you are interested in learning more about the Sports Diplomacy Division’s programs, please join Sports Diplomacy on Facebook, follow Sports Diplomacy on Twitter and on  Instagram. You may also submit questions or requests to Thank you for your support and interest. 


If I am a coach, or represent an organization, outside of the U.S. and would like to participate in a Sports Diplomacy Division program, how can I do so?

Each Sports Diplomacy Division program is initiated by the U.S. embassies and consulates so please contact the Public Affairs Section at your local U.S. embassy or consulate if you are interested in participating from your home country. Participants are selected locally, so please contact the Public Affairs Section of your U.S. embassy or consulate overseas for information on the U.S. Department of State’s sports efforts in your country. 


How can my sports organization outside of the U.S. become involved?

The Sports Diplomacy Division applauds the work of organizations around the world using sport as a tool to promote positive social change. If you are part of a sports organization interested in sports diplomacy, please contact your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for information on the U.S. Department of State’s sports diplomacy efforts in your country. 


Is there any way that my organization overseas could receive equipment donations?

Due to limited resources, we are generally not able to send equipment donations. In some cases, your U.S. embassy or consulate, private organizations, or local sports federation may be able to help.