Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

ECA US / Pakistan Professional Partnership 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

In his December 1, 2009, speech in West Point, New York, President Obama said that a new diplomatic initiative in Pakistan would be part of the United States strategy to bring peace and stability in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region. As part of this initiative, the United States Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is seeking proposals for a new two-part program, called "The United States / Pakistan Professional Partnership Program." This program will bring young professionals (ages 20 to 35) from the two countries together to develop cross cultural relationships and develop professional skills that will positively impact people's lives and will result in stronger ties between the two nations.

ECA is seeking proposals from qualified applicants for two separate programs. The first project, "Professional Partnerships: Journalism", will involve Pakistani and American journalists in a program designed to demonstrate journalism skills, offer professional development opportunities, and offer internships at US-based media outlets for Pakistani journalists. The second project, "Professional Partnerships: Public Administration", will examine the skills employed by American and Pakistani public administration professionals at the national, regional, and local levels. This program will include internships for Pakistani professionals with United States-based professionals.

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 Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to a 3-page summary, including 1) the type of project (Journalism or Public Administration), 2) target audience and recruitment plan, 3) a brief description of planned activities, and 4) the evaluation plan.


ECA anticipates making two awards (Journalism Program: $2,200,000 and Public Administration Program: $1,500,000) to support program and administrative costs required to implement this exchange program. The Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines:

April 9, 2010


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