IDEAS Grant Competition Now Open

USA Study Abroad invites U.S. colleges and universities to submit applications for projects to create, expand, or diversify their outbound study abroad programs and/or resources as part of the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad’s IDEAS grant competition (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students). IDEAS 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.

Applications must be submitted by February 26, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern time via the online application portal. World Learning, on behalf of USA Study Abroad, anticipates awarding approximately 24 grants for a maximum funding level of up to $35,000 each for a period of performance of up to 15 months running from approximately June 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022. Successful applicants must demonstrate a strong and sustainable plan for creating, expanding, 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. IDEAS Grants can support the development of overseas programs for U.S. students, but they can also be used to support domestic activities such as creating resources to engage diverse student groups in study abroad, training faculty and staff, and developing curriculum.

The grant competition is open to all accredited U.S. institutions of higher education. The program seeks to engage the full diversity of U.S. higher education, including community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions. Proposals may not include requests for funding to cover student scholarships or travel costs. You can find application tips, sample templates, and FAQs at

IDEAS is designed to increase and diversify American student mobility in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. The program expands the institutional capacity of U.S. colleges and universities to support study abroad programs through IDEAS Grants, IDEAS Incubator Workshops and Webinars, and an online library of resources. The program’s free virtual and in-person trainings offer opportunities for the study abroad community to discuss best practices, share resources, and strengthen community networks. To view recordings of past webinars and to see announcements of upcoming trainings, please visit the ‘Initiatives’ tab of our website.

Should you have any questions regarding the IDEAS grant competition, please contact and include “IDEAS FY20 Application” in the subject line.

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