Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

ECA Professional Fellows Program

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for grants to conduct a Professional Fellows Program in Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Near East, North Africa, South Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. The goals of the program, which encompass both bureau and programmatic goals, are to (1) provide foreign participants from eligible countries the opportunity for professional development through four- to eight-week internships in the United States; (2) provide U.S. participants the opportunity to take part in reciprocal fellowships and/or to share their professional expertise with counterparts in eligible countries; and (3) promote mutual understanding and partnerships between key professional groups in the United States and counterpart groups in eligible countries. Proposed projects should be two-way exchanges involving participants from both the United States and foreign countries. Projects should take place over the course of one to two years and target current or potential professional leaders who will effect positive change in their communities. Specific themes for consideration under this competition include climate change, education to employment, food security, global health, and legislative development.

Applicants must identify the United States-based and foreign-based organizations and individuals with whom they are proposing to collaborate and describe previous cooperative activities, if any. Successful proposals will include qualified and established partner organizations/offices in each of the regions where participants are being recruited. Also, proposals must demonstrate capacity in the USA to secure relevant placements for foreign participants; proposals that include this information - especially with letters of commitment from possible United States-based host organizations - will be deemed more competitive.

No funding is available to send U.S. citizens exclusively to conferences or conference type seminars overseas; nor is funding available for bringing foreign nationals exclusively to conferences or to routine professional association meetings in the United States.

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, January 15, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) the project goals, objectives and anticipated outcomes, 2) the target countries, 3) the names of all partner organizations responsible for program implementation, and 4) the evaluation plan.


Ranging from $200,000 to $1,000,000.

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, January 15, 2010

Sponsor Deadlines:

February 26, 2010


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