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Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2016!
Get ready for the 2016 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund
The State Department created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. The competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects that utilize skills and knowledge they have gained through their exchange experiences.
To participate, alumni must be members of the International Exchange Alumni (IEA) global online community and form teams of at least four IEA community members (this number includes the team leader). Proposed projects must address one of the AEIF themes. In 2015, 48 grants of up $25,000 were awarded to alumni teams worldwide to support their public service projects. This year's themes include the following:
- Access to Education Civic
- Participation Climate Change and Environmental Protection
- Empowering Women and Girls
- Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment
- Human Rights and Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Populations
Visit the 2016 AEIF pages on International Exchange Alumni (IEA) now to learn all about the competition! If you’re not already a member of IEA, register today so that you can start working on your project as soon as the competition starts on February 9!