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FY 2021 BridgeUSA Leadership Development Program

Cooperative Agreement with a USA IHE or Nonprofit Organization
to Implement Leadership Seminars for Exchange Visitors

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U.S. Department of State (DOS) - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Private Sector Exchange Directorate

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06/04/21 11:59 PM ET


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Cooperative agreement with a USA IHE or nonprofit organization for a series of seminars for eligible foreign exchange visitors. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for leadership seminars where participants will create action plans to take back to their own communities.

This cooperative agreement seeks to further expand ECA/EC’s engagement with BridgeUSA exchange visitors by offering leadership development opportunities in Washington, D.C., and providing opportunities for these program alumni to connect with one another and build on their exchange experience through small grant funding.

The award recipient will organize and implement approximately ten leadership development seminars in Washington, DC, for a total of 150-200 BridgeUSA exchange visitors (EV). Seminars will include three days of facilitated training on a theme of leadership that includes U.S. Department of State officials and one day of participant proposed leadership action plan presentations. On the final day exchange visitors will present their action plans to address problems they identify in their home communities. Their action plans will be based upon knowledge gained during the 3-day facilitated training portion of the seminar. Following the conclusion of the U.S.-based portion of the program, EVs may compete for small grants to assist them in implementing their action plans in their local communities.

The small grants program component should provide a competitive opportunity for any EV seminar participant who wants to apply to propose an action plan that builds on their project developed through the BridgeUSA Leadership Development Program and in support of ECA and foreign policy goals. Project activities can take place overseas and should multiply the effects of participants’ leadership development seminar experience. Local U.S. Embassy Public Affairs staff may be present to observe these local activities. The participant’s action plan would be presented during the seminar and detail how they can positively impact their communities. 

Through the FY 2021 BridgeUSA Leadership Development Program, ECA/EC aims to:

  1. Promote mutual understanding and lasting partnerships between emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States;
  2. Provide opportunities for J1 participants in active SEVIS status to collaborate and share ideas, approaches, and strategies to develop solutions to pressing local and global challenges;
  3. Increase Americans’ global competitiveness through new and expanded partnerships with alumni professionals from around the world;
  4. Create resilient communities and address disinformation by supporting civil society, open transparent institutions, global health, climate change, diversity and inclusion, and human rights; and
  5. Build a global network of like-minded professionals committed to creating positive change in their workplaces and communities.

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Anticipated Award Date: September 1, 2021, pending the availability of funds.

Anticipated Project Completion Date: September 1, 2024

The award period should be approximately 36 months in duration.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit applications for this competition. Applicants must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application.

Eligible applicants may not submit more than one proposal in this competition.

Organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline Date: Friday, June 4, 2021 by 11:59 PM Washington, DC time

Applications may only be submitted electronically through The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

All applicants must also have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI/DUNS) number and be registered in

There is no minimum or maximum percentage required for this competition. However, the Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions about this announcement, contact:

Elizabeth Ongao, U.S. Department of State
2430 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

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