Deadline: 31 March 2020
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for the FY2020 U.S. Embassy Promoting Study-in-the-United-States and Fostering English Language Learning Programs.
U.S. and/or Japanese non-profit organizations or individuals may submit proposals to manage and administer programs designed to increase the number of Japanese students studying in the United States and to foster English learning opportunities (one of the biggest impediments to studying in the U.S.) for Japanese students.
The U.S.-Japan relationship is stronger than ever, largely due to the goodwill built between Americans and Japanese over decades of studying in the U.S. and other people-to-people exchange opportunities. At its peak, the number of Japanese students studying in the U.S. exceeded 47,000; however, over the subsequent decades, those numbers have dropped to under 18,000.
The Government of Japan recognizes the importance of the English language, as it constantly updates the national curriculum to include English language instruction sooner and sooner. However, despite these efforts, Japanese students have expressed frustration in being able to communication in English.
As a result, there is fear among leaders that the future of the U.S.- Japan relationship is in jeopardy without the strong, multigenerational support for the U.S.-Japan relationship that comes from studying in the U.S. and that the influence Japan has had in the region will diminish as a result of its inability to communicate with the international community.
The Embassy is particularly interested in supporting the following priority areas:
- Offer information and resources necessary for Japanese students when considering studying in the United States;
- Introduce world-class higher education in the United States to Japanese students;
- Encourage Japanese students to learn English as a communication tool;
- Show and tell American education and/or its system to Japanese students.
All programs should include ideas and suggestions on how to in cooperate with EducationUSA to maximize the efforts.
- Award Ceiling: $180,000
- Award Floor: $5,000
Priority Region: Japan
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations
- Public and private educational institutions
- Public international organizations and governmental institutions
How to Apply
Complete applications, including all documents, must be submitted in one email at the address given on the website.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323945