Updated Mar 17, 2021

Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2021

Offered by U.S. Department of State

AEIF provides alumni of U.S. sponsored and facilitated exchange programs with funding to expand on skills gained during their exchange experience, and to design and implement innovative solutions to global challenges facing their community. Since its inception in 2011, AEIF has funded nearly 500 alumni-led projects around the world through a competitive global competition.
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Apr 15, 2021Deadline
$10,000 - $50,000Amount
12 monthsDuration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
Focus AreasEntrepreneurship (Economic Growth and Trade)
Economic Growth and Trade
Digital Development
Digital Finance
Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
Refugees (Humanitarian Assistance)

The following individuals are eligible to apply:

  • Applicants must be alumni of a U.S. government-funded exchange program (https://alumni.state.gov/list-exchange-programs) or a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program (https://j1visa.state.gov/).

  • Project teams must include teams of at least two (2) alumni.

  • Alumni who are U.S. citizens may not submit proposals, but U.S. citizen alumni may participate as team members in a project.

  • Alumni teams may be comprised of alumni from different exchange programs and different countries.

  • Applications must be submitted by exchange alumni. Not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions are not eligible to apply in the name of the organization but can serve as partners for implementing project activities.

Other Requirements

Reporting RequirementsRecipients will be required to submit financial reports and program reports. The award document will specify how often these reports must be submitted. All recipients must submit a formal report to the Grants Officer upon completion of the project. The report should discuss what was done, whether the project was successful from the applicant's perspective and how it might be improved in the future. Copies of video materials, CDs and other video and audio aids generated during the implementation of the project attesting to the success of the grant activities are welcome, and sometimes required indeed. An accounting of the use of the grant funds must also be included.

Application And Awards Process

Exchange alumni interested in participating in AEIF 2021 should submit proposals to: yerevangrants@state.gov by April 15, 2021 11:59 p.m. (local, Armenia time). Applications submitted directly to ECA will not be accepted.


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