In 2019, the U.S. Department of State hosted its ninth annual Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) project competition. AEIF supports alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges.

We’re so proud of the #ExchangeAlumni community! Alumni from 150 countries submitted over 1,300 projects!

And now, we are happy to announce that 58 alumni teams in 49 countries have advanced to the semifinal round. There’s only one more review to go before many of these projects can begin making important contributions to communities all over the world.

Congratulations, semifinalists!

 

AEIF 2019 Semifinalists by Theme

AEIF 2019 Semi-Finalists by Theme
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Advancing Science, Technology, Health, and Innovation

BangladeshInquiry Based Learning to Promote Science Education
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
• International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP)
• Teaching Excellence & Achievement Program (TEA)

Barbados: Girl Guides Strong: Towards 100% Renewables
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

North Macedonia: InnoTech Club
• Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
• Professional Fellows Program

Palestinian Territories: ENGeeks (Engineering Geeks)
• English Access Microscholarship Program (Access)

South Sudan: Integrated STEM Education
• YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC)

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Building Civic Participation, Good Governance, and Resilient Communities

Afghanistan: Strengthening Local Youth Volunteers for Resilient Community
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
• Professional Fellows Program

Bangladesh: Internet Safety and Security Literacy for School Children
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
• Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI)

Bhutan: Promoting Mental Health, Preventing Suicide and Drug Abuse Amoung Youth
• Hubert Humphry Fellowship Program

Costa Rica: Los Guachis: A Hyper-Local Newsroom Network for Local Government Accountability
• Professional Fellows Program

Dominican Republic: GIS for Risks 2
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
• Fulbright Program (other)
• Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI)

Egypt: Nile Smiles
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
• Fulbright Program (other)

El Salvador: YANKWIK KAL: Innovative Community-Building through El Salvador-US Alumni Associations
• Fulbright Student Program
• Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program
• Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI)

Mali: Community Peace Engineering
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Nigeria: Building Civic Participation and Good Governance in Plateau State Nigeria
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Pakistan: The Next Generation of Journalists
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Philippines: Bayanivation: Sparking Local Government Innovation in the Philippines
• Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)

Poland: Democracy Cake- Promoting Youth Engagement Through Innovative Educational Tools
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Thailand: Building a Transparent Thailand
• Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)

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Empowering Women and Girls

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Young Lionesses of Bosnia & Herzegovina
• FORTUNE/State Dept. Global Women's Mentoring Partnership
• Fulbright Programs
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Burma: Upcycling and Upskilling Women
• Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)

Burma: Women Lead
• Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)

China: Hidden Figures: Supporting Minority EFL Teachers
• Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program

Ethiopia: Establishing Network of Legal Aid Providing Organizations in Tigray
• Community Solutions Program
• Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
• YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC)

Ethiopia: Improving Migration of Girls through Accessible Technology
• YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC)

Germany: EQT- Gender Equality Toolkit
• Fulbright Student Program
• Fulbright English Teaching Assistant

Ghana: Promoting STEM Among Girls in Deprived Communities in Ghana
• International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP)

India: MOJO Girls: Developing Mobile Storytelling Skills Among Women
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
• Fulbright Student Program

Indonesia: Empowomen Forum: A Multi-Stakeholder Forum for Empowering Women in Lampung
• Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)
• Professional Fellows Program

Niger: Girls for Girls (G4G): Second Edition
• Fulbright Student Program
• YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC)

Peru: Women Can Do- Iquitos
• Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)
• Professional Fellows Program
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Nigeria: Media Against Sexual Violence
• Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Poland: Learn, Think, and Be Safe! Beware of Human Trafficking
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

South Sudan: Unleashing Women's Potential through Soccer in South Sudan
• Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Tanzania: Empower Young Women in Agribusiness Tanzania
• Professional Fellows Program

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Fostering Economic Prosperity

Armenia: Creative Economies in Gyumri Smart Zone
• Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
• Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)
• Edmund Muskie Graduate Fellowship/PhD Program

Azerbaijan: Empower Women in Sustainable Economic Growth (EWSEG)
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
• Edmund Muskie Graduate Fellowship/PhD Program
• Professional Fellows Program

Cape Verde: Startup Acceler8 Program
• Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
• YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC)

Greece: Student Entrepreneurship Connecting the Balkans
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
• Fulbright Student Program

Morocco: Alumni Entrepreneurship Boot Camp
• Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)

Sri Lanka: Youth Entrepreneurship Sustainability Hub Sri Lanka- (YES HUB)
• Community Solutions Program
• Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

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Promoting Inclusion and Educational Opportunity

Afghanistan: Khpulwak Family Law Moot Court Competition (KFLMCC)
• U.S. Embassy Programs

Australia: Co-Designing and Empowering Indigenous Australian High-Schoolers Through Data Science
• Fulbright Programs

Belarus: Inclusive Maternity: Promoting Birth-Giving Inclusion in Belarus
• USAID Exchange

Chile: Role Models for Under-Represented Groups Pursuing Higher Education
• Fulbright Programs

Georgia: STEM Saturday School for Refugee High School Students
• Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX)
• WiSci (Women in Science) Girls STEAM Camp

Jamaica: Community Mental Health First Responders Sensitization and Training Project
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Kenya: North-Rift Women in STEM Inclusion Project
• Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young Africa Leaders
• TechWomen
• Fulbright Programs

Kyrgyz Republic: TechAim
• TechWomen

Morocco: The Olive Writers Program
• International Writing Program (IWP)
• Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI)
• Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)

Nicaragua: Expanding Educational Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Children
• Study of the U.S. Institutes
• Fulbright Program (Other)
• Peace Corps

Palestinian Territories: Today’s Learners - Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs
• Youth Leadership/Youth Exchange Programs
• Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)

Panama: Building the Future Innovator and STEM Entrepreneurs
• Fulbright Programs

Sierra Leone: KidsABILITY Project Sierra Leone
• YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC)
• Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

South Africa: Mirror Me for Literacy
• Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Uganda: Improving Air Quality in Schools through Proper Waste Management
• International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

Uruguay: Coding Success: Empowering Uruguay's Youth with Technical Career Mentorship
• Professional Fellows Program
• Fulbright Student Program

Vietnam: Youth Connected for Clean Air Network (YCCA)
• Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI)
• Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)

Yemen: YEMEN READS
• Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)