Professional and Cultural Exchange Programs - Citizen Exchanges

 

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 Citizen Exchange programs is to support professional, youth, sports and cultural exchange programs between the United States and other countries through grants and cooperative agreements to American non-profit, non-governmental institutions and organizations, including community organizations, professional associations, and universities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
19.415
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of State
Office: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The Professional Fellows program supports young professionals in specific fields from countries around the globe to undergo internships at businesses, NGOs and government offices in the United States for three-four weeks, and sends their American counterparts overseas for follow-on programming. There were approximately 174 U.S. participants and approximately 456 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

The Community Solutions program supports young professionals in specific fields from countries around the globe to undergo leadership training and four-month internships at NGOs and government offices in the United States to experience firsthand the interaction between the government and non-profit sector to enact change in local communities. There were approximately 65 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

TechWomen empowers women engaged in science and technology from select countries in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East through networking activities and month-long mentorships where they are matched with women at leading technology and innovation companies in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, and through outreach projects to women and girls overseas. There were approximately 99 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

The Fortune/State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership develops the management and business skills of emerging women leaders from countries around the world through month-long mentorships in the United States where they are matched with senior women executives in the fields of business, law, non-profit management and sports. There were approximately 35 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

The Traditional Public-Private Partnerships are long-standing programs to support the Bureau’s commitment to work with the U.S. NGO community to implement cooperative international exchange projects. There were approximately 100 U.S. participants, and approximately 122 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

The National Youth Science Camp encourages the most talented science-inclined high school students to achieve their full potential. ECA supports the participation students from other countries in the Western Hemisphere in this month-long camp. There were approximately 16 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

The International Sports Programming Initiative supports educational exchanges designed to foster mutual understanding and help start a dialogue at the grassroots level among American youth and youth from around the world through participation in sports. There were approximately 64 U.S. participants, and approximately 132 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports promotes participation in sports while fostering mutual understanding among the youth of the United States and those from countries representing all world regions through mentorships, sports visitor and sports envoy program. There were approximately 12 U.S. participants, and approximately 100 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program promotes mutual understanding between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by providing scholarships for high school students to live in the United States for an academic year. There were approximately 768 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program promotes mutual understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations by providing scholarships for high school students to live in the United States for an academic year. There were approximately 917 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

Through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) program, American high school participants from across the United States study for up to eleven months in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. There were approximately 65 U.S. participants in FY 2012.

Youth Leadership Programs foster greater understanding and respect between the people of the United States and other countries, to develop leadership skills and a sense of civic responsibility among teenagers and educators. There were approximately 386 non-U.S. participants and 30 U.S. participants in FY 2014.

TechGirls is an educational exchange initiative for teenage girls from the Middle East and North Africa that focuses on promoting the high-level study of technology while fostering mutual understanding among the youth of the United States and the countries and territories of this region. There were approximately 27 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

The American Youth Leadership Program provides high school students and educators from the United States the opportunity to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues. There were approximately 127 U.S. participants in FY 2014.

The Youth Ambassadors Program provides high school students and educators the opportunity to explore civic education, community service, and leadership through three-week exchanges between the United States and Latin America. There were approximately and 76 U.S. participants, and approximately 293 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

The American Serbia & Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange (A-SMYLE) Program was established to reach out to youth and create stronger linkages between the United States and the countries of Montenegro and Serbia by providing scholarships for high school students to live in the United States for an academic year. There were approximately 53 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program (CBYX) was inaugurated in 1983 through a bilateral agreement between the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag. The program celebrates German-American friendship based on common values of democracy and creates lasting personal and institutional relationships through an academic year school and home stay experience for American and German high school students and vocational school graduates. There were approximately 350 U.S. participants, and approximately 360 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014.

Designed to increase the number of Americans who learn foreign languages that are critical to advancing U.S. national interests, the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program provides scholarships to American high school students for overseas intensive language programs in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish. There were approximately 620 U.S. participants in FY 2014.

The International Writing Program is a five-part international exchange of writers who participate in a residency program at the University of Iowa, which also hosts the Between the Lines program, and supports residency programs focused on creative writing. American writers conduct public policy-related reading, lecture and teaching tours in several priority overseas countries with limited access to creative writing courses. There were approximately 5 U.S. traveling participants, and approximately 27 non-U.S. traveling participants in FY 2014.

The American Film Showcase (AFS) presents award-winning independent American documentaries and narrative films and their filmmakers to audiences around the world, offers contemporary insights into American life and culture, and explores issues affecting democratic societies. There were approximately 70 U.S. participants, and approximately 10 foreign traveling participants in FY 2014.

The American Music Abroad Program is designed to bring American music and culture to audiences around the globe through person-to-person exchanges. U.S. musical groups engage with foreign audiences through workshops, master classes, jam sessions, and performances to present a positive image of the United States and provide a greater understanding of our society. There were approximately 40 U.S. participants in FY 2014.

Through DanceMotion USA, American dance companies tour approximately nine overseas countries in three world regions, selected based on U.S. foreign policy interests, to present workshops, master classes and performances in the following American dance genres: contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap/or step and hip hop. There were approximately 30 U.S. participants in FY 2014.

Through the Center Stage program, foreign performing artists tour the United States to encourage the exchange of ideas between artists and audiences in the United States by conducting residencies comprised of public and school performances in host communities to be complemented by lecture/demonstrations, classroom visits, workshops, master classes, and artist-to-artist exchanges designed to offer context and foster dialogue between artists, audiences, and the host communities. There were approximately 24 non-U.S. traveling participants in FY 2014.

The Museums Connect program is designed to increase the capacity of American and foreign museums worldwide to engage and affect local communities through institutional partnerships, outreach to local communities – particularly those with underserved or disaffected populations – and creating connections between U.S. and foreign audiences. There were approximately 50 U.S. participants, and approximately 50 non-U.S. participants in FY 2014. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Authorization
The Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended., Public Law 87-256.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
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 GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further eligibility criteria.
Beneficiary Eligibility
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.
Credentials/Documentation
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 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?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
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.
Award Procedure
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.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.
How are proposals selected?
As stated in the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcements.
How may assistance be used?
Funding is provided to eligible non-profit organizations, colleges and universities to support their work in designing and administering programs as well as coordinating program logistics. Funding to those organizations supports activities such as publicity and recruitment, screening of participant applications, communication with participants, domestic and international travel, payment of stipends and program benefits, and the provision of enrichment activities. Citizen Exchanges constitute a range of professional, youth, sports and cultural exchange programs designed to promote priority U.S. interests around the world by developing mutual understanding of key issues and promoting long-lasting ties between the United States and other countries. Programs are designed to promote good governance, civil society and civic responsibility, public health, conflict prevention and management, women’s empowerment, trade, environmental awareness and responsibility, leadership, arts management, cultural diversity and heritage, sports education, and educational reform, as well as other topics through people-to-people exchanges. Please refer to the Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov announcement for further information.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
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.
Auditing
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 Domestic Financial Assistance Awards (https://www.statebuy.state.gov/fa/pages/home.aspx) for additional guidance.
Records
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 the 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
None.
Headquarters Office
Sheila Casey Department of State
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Office of Citizen Exchange Programs
2200 C Street, NW
SA-05, Rm. 3B14, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: caseysd@state.gov Phone: (202) 632-6070
Website Address
http://eca.state.gov/about-bureau-0/organizational-structure/office-citizen-exchanges
Financial Information
Account Identification
19-0201-0-1-154.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $98,272,133; FY 15 est $98,272,133; and FY 16 est $98,272,133
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$110,664 to $16,200,000.
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 circular cited, please contact the U.S. Government Publishing Office or download from www.ecfr.gov website.

Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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