13 September, 2018
Stevens Initiative for non-profit organizations and educational institutions
The Initiative opened to fund virtual exchange programs in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa in order to help young people gain the collaboration, language, problem-solving skills, technical and vocational skills, as well as the familiarity with and empathy for different perspectives, that they need to succeed in today’s economy and society.
The Initiative is interested in seeding new models as well as scaling proven models of virtual exchange through proposals focused on technology and computing, world affairs and global studies, business and entrepreneurship, and language learning and practice. Proposals must demonstrate that young people participating in the program will have the opportunity to build practical skills and global competencies through hands-on and collaborative activities.
Opportunity Focus Areas:
- Technology and computing
- World affairs and global studies
- Business and entrepreneurship
- Language learning and practice
EGYPT, SYRIA, IRAQ, PALESTINE, JORDAN, LEBANON, TUNISIA, ALGERIA, MOROCCO, SUDAN, LIBYA, SAUDI ARABIA, EMIRATES, KUWAIT, QATAR, BAHRAIN, OMAN, YEMEN, SOMALIA, DJIBOUTI, MAURITANIA, IRAN, COMOROS
beginning April 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2021
- Applicants should apply for either a Seeding or Scaling award, which have different parameters and selection criteria. Scaling award applicants are required to submit a response to the Initiative’s Survey of the Field (alongside the Letter of Interest; this survey is optional for Seeding award applicants and open to non-applicants, as well.
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to focus on one of the topics listed in the Priority Topics section
- Applicants are expected to demonstrate how their proposed program would reach young people whose access to international exchange has been limited;.
- Applicants are encouraged to consider some of the Initiative’s particular interests listed in the Invitational Priorities section
- Applicants may propose to conduct an impact evaluation of the program as a whole or of a specific program attribute. The evaluation component of these awards will be more intensive than the evaluation requirements of typical awardees. Applicants proposing to conduct an impact evaluation of the program as a whole or a specific program attribute are required to complete an Impact Evaluation Supplement included in the Letter of Interest (and subsequently full application) form.
- Applying organizations must be based in the United States or in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Applicants based in the United States must be tax-exempt non-profit organizations, including educational institutions. U.S. applicants in the process of registration must submit proof that they are seeking non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service at the time of submission. .
- Applicants based in the Middle East or North Africa must be non-profit organizations, including educational institutions, that can demonstrate current in-country registration.
- An organization can request no more than 80% of the amount of their Fiscal Year 2017 operating budget.
- Organizations may submit more than one letter of interest or proposal if the proposed programs are distinct and do not involve any overlap in staff, curriculum, participants,
- Participants should be young people in the age range that corresponds to the middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate education levels, and young professionals under the age of 35. Educators, facilitators, or group leaders who work with the youth participants are counted as participants for the purposes of travel but are not counted as part of the youth participants number.
- Past recipients of Stevens Initiative awards are eligible to submit applications.
- Awardees will be expected to notify all participants that they are in a Stevens Initiative program and explain what the Stevens Initiative is and who supports the Stevens Initiative.
- Applicants will be asked to share more information about several aspects of the program plan – such as monitoring and evaluation, alumni engagement, communications, sharing lessons learned with the virtual exchange community, and other areas – at the full application stage, if they are invited to that stage after the review of the Letter of Interest.
- Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to meet U.S. reporting requirements as specified in the “Office of Management and Budget” and “Department of State” sections of “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards”
- Seeding Awards support promising new virtual programs at the proof-of-concept stage to test, refine, and evaluate their models. These proposals must demonstrate the potential to find an institutional home, replicate, or scale in the future. This growth may include expansion across an educational institution, network of institutions
- Scaling Awards support innovators and institutions that are ready to expand an existing, successful virtual exchange program. These proposals must demonstrate an intention and pathway to scaling up considerably while reducing cost per participant. This growth may include expansion across an educational institution or network of institutions
- Seeding Award Size Range: $100,000 to $300,000
- Scaling Award Size Range: $350,000 to $1,000,000
Note: Letters of Interest may only be submitted online through aspen.fluidreview.com.
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This Scholarship Published by:
“ Radwa Shorbany/ Egypt “
Reviewed by” Nashwa Attallah/ Egypt ”
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