U.S. Mission to India: World Affairs in Theory and Practice Program

Deadline: 20 February 2019

The REPS Office of the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section is seeking proposals for a program entitled “World Affairs in Theory and Practice” to support the U.S. Embassy’s goal of expand avenues between the U.S. and India to strengthen the people-to-people relationship.

Implemented at the New Delhi American Center (NDAC), this competitive program will draw from a target audience of high-achieving undergraduate-level students connected to academic programs in the fields of international affairs, sustainable development, human rights, health policy business, and related disciplines.

The objective of the program is to offer to their target audience of youth leaders three facilitated MOOCs (Massive, Open, Online Courses) on themes of foreign policy importance; provide the opportunity for these leaders to apply their knowledge through “real-world” decision-making on policy matters through diplomacy simulations; and expose them to higher education opportunities in the United States.

Participants will complete one of three MOOCs (Massive, Open, Online Courses) on themes of global health, environmental security, and international trade offered by American universities and expertly facilitated at the NDAC. Courses will meet weekly and will last 4-6 weeks, depending on the format of each MOOC selected for the series. Following the completion of each MOOC course, participants will participate in a live simulation of diplomatic negotiations around a similar theme as their course, helping them understand complex issues in theory and practice. Finally, participants will be introduced to EducationUSA advisors from the U.S. India Educational Foundation (USIEF) for counseling on options for pursuing higher education in the United States.

The goal of this opportunity is to build a network of young influencers at the New Delhi American Center to explore together through formal and informal study the most pressing foreign policy issues of the day, positioning them well as future leaders within India and informed partners with the U.S.

For each course, the grantee will:

  • Select the most compelling/relevant MOOC courses on global health, environmental security, and international trade on offer from American universities, as well as the related diplomacy simulations, offered by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomacy Center and other sources.
  • Develop and execute an application process to recruit 90 high-performing undergraduate youth leaders. The grantee shall divide the youth leaders into 3 cohorts of 30 participants, with each cohort taking a separate thematic MOOC course.
  • Recruit a local facilitator for each course/simulation who is an expert in the topic, whether as an academic or a practitioner. Additionally, the grantee shall work closely with the REPS Office to identify officers within the Mission who could be invited to participate in select MOOC and simulation sessions around their areas of expertise.

Collaborate with the REPS Office to schedule a customized educational advising session with USIEF for each course.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $10,000
  • Award Ceiling: $10,000
  • Award Floor: $8,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility is open to all non-profit, non-governmental organizations. Individuals are not eligible for an award under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Organizations may sub-contract with other entities, but only one, non-profit, non-governmental entity can be the prime recipient of the award. When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.
  • Cost sharing is not required for this funding opportunity.
  • Pre-award costs are not an allowable expense for this funding opportunity.
  • This award does not allow for construction activities or costs.
  • U.S. Embassy New Delhi grants/cooperative agreements cannot be used to fund religious or partisan political activity; fundraising campaigns; commercial projects; scientific research; projects whose primary aim is the institutional development of the organization, or illegal activities.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311405

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