Global Competition for the 2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund is Now Open!

The Embassy of the United States in Poland is pleased to announce the opening of a competition for past participants (“alumni”) of U.S. government-funded and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to submit applications for the U.S. Department of State’s 2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2020).   Alumni can submit proposals requesting funding from $5,000 up to $25,000 to finance community service/development projects in Poland that focus on women, peace, and security.

Applications must be for projects proposed and managed by teams of at least two (2) alumni that support themes that do one of, or a combination of the following:

  • Strengthen the role of women in peace, security, and governance
  • Engage women as partners in preventing terrorism and countering radicalization and recruitment
  • Promote protection of women and girls from violence, abuse, and exploitation
  • Support women’s political and civic participation

For more details and all of the program eligibility requirements, please click here.  Alumni interested in participating in the AEIF 2020 competition should submit proposals with the subject title “AEIF 2020 Project Proposal” to no later than March 1, 2020.

The U.S. Department of State created the AEIF in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges.  The competition provides small grants from $5,000 up to $25,000 for teams of at least two international alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects that draw on the skills and knowledge alumni have gained through their exchange experiences in the United States.  Since its inception in 2011, AEIF has funded nearly 500 alumni-led projects around the world.  In 2019, 64 alumni teams representing 52 countries out of more than 1,400 project submissions were selected for AEIF funding.