U.S. Mission in Vietnam seeking Proposals for 2019 Exchange Alumni Small Grants Competition

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Deadline: 28 July 2019

The U.S. Mission in Vietnam is currently inviting Vietnamese alumni of U.S. Government-funded (USG) academic and professional exchange programs (Exchange Alumni) to submit proposals for the 2019 International Exchange Alumni Small Grants Competition.

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These grants aim to strengthen the USG Alumni community in Vietnam by creating opportunities for alumni to work together on a shared vision of a brighter future for Vietnam and U.S.-Vietnam relations by addressing shared concerns. Alumni teams can submit proposals as a group of individuals or under the auspices of a non-profit organization in which alumni are working.

Grant Information

Project budgets cannot exceed $10,000. Proposals must be in English.

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Project Location

The project’s location must be from Quang Tri to the northern provinces of Vietnam.

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In 2019, they would like to encourage projects that support the following themes:

  • Educational Cooperation
    • Enhance quality and assist with reform, alliances, and partnerships
    • Promote U.S. higher education
    • Improve English teaching and learning
  • Reconciliation/Removal of War Legacy Issues
    • Build trust
    • Encourage investment to enhance people-to-people ties
    • Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the U.S.-Vietnam relations
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    • Expand mentoring and training
    • Create or deepen the work of Social Enterprises
    • Promote women’s leadership in businesses
  • Respect for fundamental freedoms, human rights, and social inclusion

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible teams must include at least three alumni members who have participated in one of the following U.S. Government-sponsored programs, including (but not limited to):

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  • Fulbright Program (including Fulbright Economics Teaching Program – FETP)
  • Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF)
  • Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program
  • International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
  • International Visitor Program on Demand (former Voluntary Visitor Program)
  • Programs under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), e.g.: ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP); the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), e.g.: Borlaug
  • Eisenhower Fellowship Program
  • Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) and Studies of the U.S. Institute (SUSI)
  • English Language Programs (English Access Micro-scholarships, AE-Teachers, Brunei U.S. Partnership)
  • Teacher Excellence Awards
  • Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) programs (Professional and Academic Fellows, regional exchanges)
  • American Council for Young Political Leaders (ACYPL)
  • Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP)

Selection Criteria and Review Process

A panel of Embassy personnel will review and select finalists. Priority will be given to projects that have:

  • Relevance to the themes noted above
  • A high number of alumni from different programs or an alumni thematic group (alumni working in a common field)
  • The greatest geographic and/or demographic reach
  • A high level of cost-sharing (any cost shared by alumni instead of being requested from the Embassy, e.g.: venue rental, voluntary contribution of time, travel, accommodation, coordination, etc.)
  • Implementation in underserved locations

Grant funds can be used to:

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  • Initiate activities for an alumni-run group
  • Initiate a public or community service program
  • Launch a pilot program at a non-governmental organization or academic institution
  • Organize training programs or workshops for professional colleagues and/or other alumni
  • Develop and publish curricula, textbooks, or related reference or educational materials
  • Conduct alumni networking events
  • Conduct community development projects judged by the grants selection committee to be in the interest of the above program goals
  • Award only a reasonable amount of honorarium to trainers

How to Apply

Applicants should submit their proposals online via given website.

For more information, please visit https://vn.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grants-and-scholarship-opportunities/

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