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Professional Fellows Program

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits to
Implement International Fellowship Programs

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U.S. Department of State (DOS) - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Citizen Exchanges

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06/07/21 11:59 PM, Washington, DC time


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Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations to implement and facilitate an international fellowship program. Focus areas include governance and society, civic engagement, and economic empowerment. Funding is intended to support an exchange program that promotes leadership and professional skills, partnerships, and mutual understanding between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States.

The Global Leaders Division (formerly known as the Professional Fellows Division) in the Office of Citizen Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) invites proposal submissions for the FY 2021 Professional Fellows Program (PFP) in the regions of Africa (AF), East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), Europe and Eurasia (EUR), the Middle East and North Africa (NEA), South and Central Asia (SCA), and the Western Hemisphere (WHA).  

The non-U.S. Fellows will travel to the United States for a professional Fellowship, which will be five- to six-weeks in length. The Fellowship will include an individually tailored working placement, “the Fellowship placement,” that is a minimum of four weeks in length. The U.S.-based exchange component will conclude with a capstone three-day Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, D.C., attended by participating Professional Fellows from all over the world. Several months after the non-U.S. Fellows complete the U.S. Program, the American Fellows will travel overseas on an outbound program that is approximately two weeks in length and directly supports follow-on projects and long-term collaboration.

The Professional Fellows Program supports the following broad goals:

  1. Promote mutual understanding and lasting partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States;
  2. Provide opportunities for non-U.S. and American emerging leaders to collaborate and share ideas, approaches, and strategies regarding pressing challenges; 
  3. Enhance leadership and professional skills for both non-U.S. and American Fellows to encourage positive change in their workplaces and communities; and
  4. Build a global network of like-minded professionals.

Themes: All proposals should carefully incorporate the specific requirements noted below, especially those that are unique to a particular region. For more information and a full list of countries eligible for each theme, see A.3. Themes and Eligible Countries in the NOFO in Supporting Documents below. 

  1. Governance and Society
  2. Economic Empowerment
  3. Civic Engagement

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GrantWatch ID#: 195454

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Approximate Average Award: $400,000 - $550,000. Note that proposals for all geographic regions that include a minimum of four countries will be considered for projects of a larger participant scope and a funding level of approximately $500,000, and up to, but not exceeding $750,000.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Award Date: September 1, 2021
Anticipated Project Completion Date: December 30, 2023


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Closing Date for Applications: Jun 07, 2021

Applicants have until 11:59 p.m., Washington, D.C. time of the closing date to ensure that their entire application has been uploaded to the site.

For a Projected Program Timeline for Fall 2022 U.S. Program for the non-U.S. Fellows and Spring 2023 U.S. Program for the non-U.S. Fellows, see

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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: Anne Shue, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges, ECA/PE/C/PF, SA-5, 3rd Floor, 2200 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037,

Contact Information by Region: The program officers noted below are available to answer questions regarding programs in the various regions:
- Africa (AF): Anne Shue -
- Middle East and North Africa (NEA): Nalinee Cain -
- East Asia and the Pacific (EAP): Chris Remsen -
- South and Central Asia (SCA): Karin Brandenburg -
- Europe and Eurasia (EUR): Linnéa Allison
- Western Hemisphere (WHA): Rachel O’Hara -

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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