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Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/PE/C) Trans-Saharan Professionals 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/PE/C) announces an open competition for the Trans-Saharan Professionals Program. The program provides grant funding to conduct one of three professional exchange programs in the Trans-Sahara Africa Region. The Office anticipates awarding separate grants to three different organizations, one for each of the following three Professional Fellowship themes: Elections Fellows, Business Development Fellows or Leadership Fellows. Each theme will be carried out in specifically named countries (see for more information).

Proposals are invited that support the goals of the Trans-Saharan Professionals Program. These goals, which encompass both bureau and programmatic goals, are (1) to provide foreign participants from eligible countries an opportunity for professional development through three- to four-week study tours and internships in the USA; (2) to provide U.S. participants the opportunity to share their professional expertise with counterparts in eligible countries while also learning from them; (3) to promote mutual understanding and partnerships between key professional groups in the United States and counterpart groups in eligible countries with a plan for working relationships to continue well beyond the period of ECA funding; and (4) encourage mass media to report on the program to a wider audience. Proposed projects should be two-way exchanges involving participants from both the USA and foreign countries traveling to each others' countries. Each project should contribute to the strengthening of civil society where it is carried out. Participants in these projects will be provided professional learning programs that will enhance their careers with the expectation that they will contribute their expertise to the program.

Eligible applicants may only propose working with the countries and themes listed under each of the themes of this funding opportunity. No funding is available exclusively to send U.S. citizens to conferences or conference type seminars overseas; nor is funding available for bringing foreign nationals 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, May 14, 2010.  Letters of intent should be limited to a 3-page summary, including 1) the fellowship theme, 2) target audience and recruitment plan, 3) a brief description of planned activities, and 4) the evaluation plan.


Up to $650,000 for an Elections Fellows theme proposal, up to $600,000 for a Business Development Fellows theme proposal, and up to $400,000 for a Leadership Fellows theme proposal.

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.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, May 14, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines:

May 20, 2010


URL for more information:

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