Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased
to announce the FY2016 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF)
competition. AEIF offers alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange
programs the opportunity to propose innovative projects that address one of six
global foreign policy themes. Alumni are invited to submit project ideas
through the International Exchange Alumni (IEA) website (https://alumni.state.gov
) February 9 - March 9, 2016.
2016 AEIF Timeline
- Tuesday, February 9: AEIF Launches at Noon ET. Alumni
can start submitting proposals and budgets.
- Wednesday, March 9: AEIF Proposal and Budget Forms Due
by Noon ET. This is the final and only deadline, so make
sure you get your four team members and submit your final projects in before
the deadline, no exceptions.
- Late April: AEIF 2016 Winning Projects Announced!
Now in its sixth year, the competition increases the
leadership capacity of alumni and their associations to develop and implement
projects that benefit their communities, in addition to promoting use of the
International Exchange Alumni website (alumni.state.gov). Alumni may
request up to $25,000 for project proposals that address strategic foreign
Project teams must comprise at least four alumni who are registered members of
the IEA website by noon ET on March 9, 2016. At least one team member
must be from an ECA-sponsored exchange program and at least two members must be
non-U.S. citizens. Proposals must be submitted by non-U.S. citizen alumni
and be executed outside the borders of the United States.
All submitted projects must address one of the eight global
- Empowering Women and Girls
- Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment
- Access to Education
- Climate Change and Environmental Protection
- Civic Participation
- Human Rights and Social Inclusion of Vulnerable
An individual alumnus/a should not submit more than one
proposal per theme. Alumni are welcome to submit projects that involve
partnerships across borders and activities in multiple countries.
We invite our Mongolian alumni to take advantage of this
great opportunity. Please feel free to reach out to us via email, phone or
social media for advice and clarification. If you have an idea but have trouble
putting together a team, please feel free to approach us. We will be happy to
announce your idea to the other alumni and help you find a team.