With Grant Program, U.S. Embassy Supports Exchange Program Alumni in Development Efforts

The U.S. Embassy is accepting applications from alumni of U.S. exchange programs for the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) grant competition.  The grant program is designed to support exchange program alumni to collaborate and develop public service projects that promote innovative solutions to global challenges.

“Our exchange programs are not fun little vacations to America,” U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Keays said during a networking session for exchange program alumni on Friday.  “Some exchanges are academically rigorous.  Other trips have weeks jam packed with presentations, discussions, and meetings with your American peers.  But, no matter the exchange program, you return with new insights, new ideas, and new passion to build a strong and productive future for Suriname.”

This year, the AEIF is focused on the role women play in a country’s development. Through the globally competitive grant program, alumni can apply for between $5,000 USD to $25,000 USD for projects focused on any one of the following four areas:

  • Strengthening the role of women in peace, security, and governance;
  • Engaging women as partners in preventing terrorism and countering radicalization and recruitment;
  • Promoting protection of women and girls from violence, abuse, and exploitation; or,
  • Supporting women’s political, economic, and civic participation.

Teams of alumni must submit their AEIF proposals to the U.S. Embassy by February 28. Full details can be found online: https://sr.usembassy.gov/education-culture/alumni-engagement-innovation-fund/