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ECA Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders

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Limited Submission Announcement

The Branch for the Study of the United States, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, invites proposal submissions for the design and implementation of approximately 15 Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders under five different themes. Taking place over the course of five weeks, the institutes will be scheduled throughout a one-year period, starting in April 2010 and ending in March 2011. The scheduling of each institute should coincide with the academic calendar of the participants' home country or countries. The institutes should take place at U.S. academic institutions and provide groups of highly motivated undergraduate students with in-depth seminars. Each institute should include four weeks of academic residency followed by a one-week integrated educational travel tour that will expose participants to a different region of the United States. The one-week educational study tour should conclude with a two- or three-day session in Washington, DC.

Institutes will provide an in depth study of one of the following themes, U.S. Global Environmental Issues, U.S. New Media, U.S. Religious Pluralism, U.S. Social Entrepreneurship, or U.S. Women's Leadership. Participants should gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will allow them to excel in their disciplines. In addition to thematic teaching, all institutes should explore American history, government, society, and culture through the lens of its particular theme. All institutes should include opportunities for leadership development, specifically as it relates to each field. Institutes should also expose participants to community organizations that provide advocacy or other services relevant to the particular theme. Applicant organizations are invited to submit one application to host no more than two institutes under any of the themes.

All proposals should clearly indicate the desired theme, country group, and time line, and should demonstrate thematic expertise, as well as any regional expertise, if applicable. ECA reserves the right to assign the final country groupings.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2009. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include: 1) the desired theme, 2) country group, 3) a time line, and 4) demonstration of thematic expertise, as well as any regional expertise, if applicable.


Up to $240,000 (one institute) or up to $480,000 (two institutes).

Cost Share:

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.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, December 11, 2009

Sponsor Deadlines:

January 14, 2010


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