Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2017 Opens Soon!

The Department of State’s Alumni Division invites you to submit funding requests for projects as part of the 2017 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF)!

Between March 2 and 30, projects of up to the amount of $25,000 should be submitted by teams of at least four alumni, and according to the list of specific themes.


The Department of State created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. The competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects that utilize skills and knowledge they have gained through their exchange experiences.

To participate, alumni must be members of the International Exchange Alumni (IEA) global online community and form teams of at least four IEA community members (this number includes the team leader). Proposed projects must address one of the AEIF themes. In 2016, 61 grants of up $25,000 were awarded to alumni teams worldwide to support their public service projects.

2017 AEIF Timeline

  • Proposals and budgets may only be submitted between March 2, 19:00 Tunis time and March 30, 19:00 Tunis time – no exceptions.
  • During the month of May the finalists will be announced and winning projects will be announced by late July!

Competition Rules:

  • Project teams must comprise at least three alumni who are registered members on the IEA website. If you are not registered yet, please write us ASAP and we will register you. You must be fully registered before March 30.
  • At least one team member must be from an ECA-sponsored exchange program (e.g. IVLP or Fulbright) and at least one member must be non-U.S. citizens. Proposals must be submitted by non-U.S. citizen alumni.
  • The projects should be submitted via the IEA website template, which will become available on March 2. Each proposal must include a detailed budget, according to the template.
  • The winning projects will be selected by an expert panel at the Department of State.
  • Projects which are not in line with this year’s themes list will not be considered.

AEIF 2016 Themes:

  • Business Development and Economic Opportunity
  • Civic Participation: Building Resilient Communities
  • Cooperation in Science, Technology, Health and Energy
  • Education and Inclusion: Pathways to Success
  • Empowerment of Women and Girls

Important links:

AEIF official page  |  2015 AEIF winning projects  |  Frequently asked questions