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Open Competition for the Professional Fellows Program

Post Date

December 11th 2009

Application Due Date

February 26th 2010

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Eligibility Categories

Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
Non-Profits With 501 (c) (3) Status With The IRS (Except Higher Education Institutions)
Private Institutions of Higher Education

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  • Award Range:

    $None - $1000000

Grant Description

The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/PE/C) announces an open competition for grants to conduct a Professional Fellows Program in Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Near East, North Africa, South Central Asia and the Western Hemisphere. U.S. public and non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue code section 26 U.S.C. 501(c) (3) may submit proposals that support the goals of the Professional Fellows Program. The goals of the program, which encompass both bureau and programmatic goals, are to: 1) provide foreign participants from eligible countries the opportunity for professional development through four- to eight-week internships in the U.S; 2) provide U.S. participants the opportunity to take part in reciprocal fellowships and/or to share their professional expertise with counterparts in eligible countries; 3) promote mutual understanding and partnerships between key professional groups in the United States and counterpart groups in eligible countries. Proposed projects should be two-way exchanges involving participants from both the U.S. and foreign countries. Projects should take place over the course of one to two years and target current or potential professional leaders who will effect positive change in their communities. Specific themes for consideration under this competition include: climate change, education to employment, food security, global health, and legislative development. Eligible countries and guidance for each theme are provided in Section I.7 below. Proposals that target themes and 2 countries not specifically authorized in this Request for Grant Proposals will be considered technically ineligible. Applicants may submit only one proposal under this competition. If multiple proposals are received from the same applicant, all submissions will be declared technically ineligible and receive no further consideration in the review process. No guarantee is made or implied that grants will be awarded in all themes or for all countries listed.

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