Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) Grant

Do you have a great public service project in mind, but need funding to get it off the ground?

If you are an U.S. government-sponsored international exchange program alumni, you can team up with other #ExchangeAlumni (team leaders must be non-U.S. citizen alumni) to apply for an Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) grant!

AEIF supports teams of alumni with grants from $5,000 up to $25,000 for public service projects that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges.

Since its inception in 2011, AEIF has funded nearly 500 alumni-led projects around the world through a competitive global competition.

Last year, 64 alumni teams representing 52 countries were selected for AEIF funding out of more than 1,400 project submissions.

What’s new for #AEIF2020?

  • One theme: Women, Peace, and Security
  • Apply through the Alumni Programs of the U.S. Embassy Tashkent by completing the attached application forms
  • Two alumni = a team

The theme of Women, Peace, and Security includes projects that:

  • Strengthen the role of women in peace, security, and governance;
  • Engage women as partners in preventing terrorism and countering radicalization and recruitment;
  • Promote protection of women and girls from violence, abuse, and exploitation; or,
  • Support women’s political, economic, and civic participation.

Before you start your application:

  • Make sure that you are a verified member of the International Exchange Alumni (IEA) global online community. If you need an account or don’t remember your password, get help with your account setup here.
  • Form your AEIF team of two U.S. exchange alumni (this number includes the team leader). The team can be comprised of local alumni who reside in Uzbekistan or other U.S. Exchange Alumni from abroad. However, every team member including the team leader should have an active account in the IEA global online community.
  • We encourage you to read the attached guidance closely.

How to apply?

Complete the attached application along with the budget form and email the complete package to no later than Monday, March 2, 2020.

What happens after you submit your application?

AEIF Grants Committee at the U.S. Embassy Tashkent will review all submissions and recommend up to three top-ranked alumni proposals to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) in Washington D.C. for their further consideration. Pending availability of funds, ECA will announce proposals recommended for funding in June 2020.