International Exchange Alumni Programs
As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange programs, including the exchange of scholars, researchers, professionals, students, and educators. ECA programs foster engagement and encourage dialogue with citizens around the world. Educational and cultural engagement is premised on the knowledge that mutual understanding, the development of future leaders, and the benefits of education programs influence societies and affect official decision-making almost everywhere in the world today. ECA programs inform, engage, and influence participants across strategic sectors of society – including young people, women, teachers, scholars, journalists, and other professionals – increasing the number of foreign individuals who have first-hand experience with Americans and with the values of freedom, representative government, rule of law, economic choice, and individual dignity, while building international knowledge and capacity among Americans.
The purpose of International Exchange Alumni Programs is to advance U.S. foreign policy by maintaining relationships with current and future leaders who have participated in international exchanges. Alumni engagement is an integral component of the U.S. Department of State’s public diplomacy that generates maximum return on the U.S. government’s investment in exchange programs. Alumni programs aim to unite alumni communities around the globe and to foster post-exchange opportunities through follow-on activities, virtual engagement and regional programs.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of State
Office: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants
The Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended., Title 87, Part 256.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State awards grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions. Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application. Please refer to the Grants.gov or the GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria.
Beneficiaries include recipient organizations, educational institutions, other non-government organizations (NGOs) that meet the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3), as well as sponsored participants, and the American people and the people of participating countries who interact with the international participants.
Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended (Fulbright-Hays Act) the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State awards project grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions. Applications may be submitted by public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3). Organizations must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application. Please refer to the Grants.gov or the GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria. OMB Circular 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E Cost Principles under Special Considerations for States, Local Governments, and Indian Tribes applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600, entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program, . Announcements are posted on the Grants.gov and Department of State's website: http://eca.state.gov/organizational-funding or GrantSolutions.gov website for organizations meeting eligibility requirements. Announcements are made as necessary during the fiscal year. The application procedures are described in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement.
Final awards cannot be made until funds have been appropriated by Congress, allocated and committed through internal Bureau procedures. Successful applicants will receive a Federal Assistance Award (FAA) from the Bureau’s Grants Office. The FAA and the original proposal with subsequent modifications (if applicable) shall be the only binding authorizing document between the recipient and the U.S. Government. The FAA will be signed/validated by an authorized Grants Officer, and sent via GrantSolutions.gov to the recipient’s responsible officer identified in the application.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
As stated in Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.
How are proposals selected?
As stated in Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.
How may assistance be used?
With as many as 1,000,000 alumni worldwide, EC is committed to providing resources to sustain engagement with and harness the energy, enthusiasm, and expertise of these current and emerging leaders. Working closely with Department of State regional bureaus and U.S. embassies worldwide, EC supports alumni programs that are strategic, responsive to U.S. embassy priorities, and designed to reinforce U.S. foreign policy objectives. To best address those objectives, ECA focuses alumni programs on topics relating to civic engagement, social inclusion, education diplomacy, English language learning, environmental security, entrepreneurship, conflict resolution, and good governance.
In addition to providing expertise, training, and support for on-the-ground alumni activities led by U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, ECA maintains a robust, targeted virtual engagement system. One of the key ways the Office currently unites and engages the alumni community virtually is through the International Exchange Alumni website (alumni.state.gov), an exclusive, password-protected on line global community, which serves as the U.S. Department of State’s official website for U.S. government-sponsored exchange alumni. The site offers alumni a place to network and connect with other alumni, share news, and access resources such as grants and research databases.
Funding provided to a non-profit organization supports regional or sub-regional enrichment seminars for exchange alumni, which focus on thematic topics that support U.S. foreign policy priorities and foster a sense of shared identity, networking, and dialog among participating alumni.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Financial and Program Reporting requirements are described in the Grants.gov announcement. Cash reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Financial and Program Reporting requirements are described in the Grants.gov announcement. As stated in Grants.gov announcement.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart F Audit Requirements, a nonfederal entity that expends $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity’s fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific-audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. The Recipient must comply with the OMB audit requirements. For all DOS awards, regardless of business type, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in OMB audit requirements. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for awards (https://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx ) for additional guidance.
The Recipients must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for awards (https://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx ) for additional guidance.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
As stated in Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded/released through the Department's central financial management database.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Suzanne Weinerman Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Alumni Affairs, 2200 C Street, NW, SA-5, Floor C2-, Room A17, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: WeinermanSS@state.gov
Phone: (202) 632-6179
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No current data available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements. In addition, organizations should be familiar with OMB Circular 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600 entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. . For a copy of the OMB circulars cited, please contact the U.S. Government Publishing Office or download from www.ecfr.gov website.
Examples of Funded Projects