Apply by February 28 for an IDEAS Program Grant to Increase and Diversify Study Abroad at Your Institution

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USA Study Abroad within the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce a grants competition for accredited U.S. colleges and universities under the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad, also known as the IDEAS Program (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students). This is a program of the U.S Department of State with funding provided by the United States Government and supported in its implementation by World Learning.

USA Study Abroad and World Learning invite U.S. colleges and universities to submit applications for projects to create, increase, and/or diversify their outbound study abroad programs for undergraduate students (though programming may also benefit graduate students). Successful applicants must demonstrate a strong and sustainable plan for creating, increasing, and/or diversifying U.S. study abroad at their institution that leads to increasing the number of U.S. students who study abroad in the near term. The grant competition is open to all accredited U.S. institutions of higher education from associate’s colleges through doctoral universities. The program seeks to engage the full diversity of U.S. higher education, including community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions.

On behalf of USA Study Abroad, World Learning anticipates awarding approximately 21 grants for a maximum funding level of up to $35,000 each for a period of performance of up to 14 months starting on or about July 1, 2020.

Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2020 at 11:59pm Eastern time via the IDEAS Program online application portal. Applications submitted after the closing date and time will not be considered. There are no exceptions.

For more information on the IDEAS Program and this grant competition, please visit the program website at Questions concerning this Request for Proposals should be submitted by email to Please include “IDEAS FY19 Application” in the subject line. The list of frequently asked questions will be posted on the program website on or about January 10th, 2020. If necessary, an updated version of the list of frequently asked questions will be posted on or about February 1st, 2020. Additionally, World Learning will host a webinar to discuss the grant competition process on Wednesday, January 18th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern time. Please visit the program website and download the Request for Proposals documents for more information on how to join this webinar.

Thank you for your consideration of this initiative. We look forward to your institution’s participation.

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