Deadline: 22 June 2020
The objectives of these awards will be to build and increase the institutional capacity of institutions of higher education (IHE) in Iraq, and to enhance partnerships with U.S. and regional IHE for the purposes of research, exchange, and curriculum and pedagogic development, to include faculty exchanges.
American-style higher education plays an important role in influencing and educating the next generation of leaders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), offering students an alternative vision to extremist ideologies, and encouraging economic growth through professional skills development.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) offers Economic Support Fund (ESF) assistance to groups and individuals striving to bring about positive change in the Middle East-North Africa region. The Assistance Coordination Office works in 20 countries and territories, partnering with governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), community leaders, youth and women activists and private sector groups to advance their efforts. Competitively selected projects aim to foster participatory governance, economic reform, and educational advancement in response to local interest and needs.
A successful project will result in:
- Improvement in institutional capacity, as evidenced by:
- Increased student body recruitment, retention, and diversity, consistent with Iraq’s religious, ethnic, and geographic diversity
- Enhanced partnerships and linkages with U.S. and regional IHE that offer American-style curriculum
- Demonstrable progress toward accreditation by U.S. and Iraqi accrediting organizations
Project activities may include:
- Activities to improve institutional capacity and financial sustainability
- Activities, which may include financial assistance, to recruit and retain students that are representative of Iraq’s diverse ethnic, geographic, and religious communities.
- Activities to work toward accreditation by U.S. and Iraqi accrediting bodies.
- Curricula and activities designed to expose students to a broad variety of perspectives and worldviews.
- Activities to enhance partnerships and linkages with U.S. and regional IHE, such as the development and sustainment of exchange programs, joint degree programs, faculty exchanges, and sharing of best practices.
- Program elements that support the transition from academic to professional roles, possibly including, but not limited to, employment counseling and career development programs.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $10,000,000
- Estimated Award Ceiling: $5,000,000
- Estimated Award Floor: $500,000
- Estimated Length of Project Period: Up to 24 Months
- Be an American style Institution of Higher Education that is non-state sponsored.
- Be an American non-profit organization focused on education which can demonstrate an established partnership with an American-style Institution of Higher Education in Iraq.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327308