We’re excited to announce the launch of the 2022 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF)!
Since its inception in 2011, the U.S. Department of State has funded over 500 AEIF alumni-led projects around the world. AEIF grants support ExchangeAlumni team initiatives that increase regional and global collaboration of alumni, support U.S. foreign policy objectives, and benefit local communities.
How can you find out more about this year’s competition and apply? Reach out to your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for more information or visit their website. U.S. Embassies run the competition at their discretion.
For 2022, alumni teams may submit project proposals for funding ranging from $10,000 to $40,000, and may submit their proposals by either of these two dates:
- February 25, 2022
- May 6, 2022
All AEIF projects must address at least one of the following:
- Bring alumni together from different exchange programs to build or expand an alumni network capable of working together on common interests, and increase regional and global alumni collaboration
- Strengthen the relationship between alumni and the U.S. government to work together on activities that address mutual goals and challenges
- Support alumni as they develop their leadership capacity and implement projects in their communities
Each AEIF project proposal must include the involvement of at least two or more alumni, or involve an alumni and an alumni association. All project activities must take place outside of the United States and its territories.
To be considered, AEIF proposals must be submitted to your local U.S. Embassy. Only proposals submitted using the official forms will be considered for funding.
Examples of successful project proposals from 2021 include:
- Young Conservationists to Save the Wildlife - this project will raise awareness among Vietnamese youth about the importance of wildlife protection and threats raised by illegal wildlife trade. The project will engage 800 high school and university students through a media campaign competition and a volunteer program at a national park to increase awareness and engagement about biodiversity conservation and sustainability.
- ATLAS (Atlantic Academy of Space) - this project will introduce Atlantic Canadian high school students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, including space exploration and artificial intelligence. In cooperation with local project partners, the project will design a course to be delivered to 20 high school classrooms throughout the academic school year, providing over 600 high school students (particularly schools in Indigenous and Black communities) with critical guidance and insight into STEM careers.
- STAND OUT: Empowering the Current and Next Generation of Women Entrepreneurs in Togo - this project will empower 175 women in a leadership capacity by fostering entrepreneurship skills among female students and business owners. The mentorships provided will support a historically underrepresented group in Togo and promote trade and sustainable business practices with export opportunities to American markets.