Public Diplomacy Funding Opportunities

Open for Application

2018 Community College Initiative Program

U.S. Embassy South Africa Public Affairs Section, U.S. Department of State (PAS) is pleased to announce that funding is available for the following project:

The grantee will work in coordination with the Public Affairs Sections in Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg to manage the logistics for participants in the 2018 Community College Initiative (CCI) Program.  CCI provides scholarships to South African tertiary students to spend up to one academic year (August – May) at U.S. community colleges to build technical skills through professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities.

Institutions interested in bidding on this grant are asked to submit a quote to support and manage the following:

  • Travel logistics and other related expenses of approximately 21 students including domestic travel related to testing, interviews, passports, and pre-departure orientations.
  • Logistics and related expenses for a three-day pre-departure orientation (PDO) in Johannesburg including venue selection and payment, and overnight accommodation and meals for participants.
  • Domestic logistics and related expenses for 21 students to travel to the U.S. including travel allowance, transportation from home city to departure city, and hotel and meals in departure city if needed. (NOTE: U.S. cooperating agencies will arrange for participants’ round-trip international air travel so no travel expenses for international flight need to be included.)

The grantee will communicate with the students, make travel arrangements for domestic travel, and coordinate payment to the student for medical tests and immunizations, travel allowances and other related allowances.

The successful grantee will demonstrate an ability to effectively handle funds, coordinate logistics, and finalize payments in a timely manner.

The authorizing statute for this funding opportunity is the Fulbright-Hays Act.

Deadline for submitting proposals: January 18, 2018

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2018/2019 EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program

U.S. Embassy South Africa Public Affairs Section, U.S. Department of State (PAS) is pleased to announce that funding has been requested for the following project:

The grantee will work in coordination with the Public Affairs Sections in Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg in support of the 2018/2019 EducationUSA Opportunity Funds program.  This program assists highly qualified students who are likely to be awarded full financial aid from U.S. colleges and universities but lack the financial resources to cover the up-front costs of international and domestic airfare, visa fees, SEVIS fees, and settling-in allowance.  U.S. Mission to South Africa EducationUSA advisors located in Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg will select and advise the Opportunity Funds students.

Institutions interested in bidding on this grant are asked to submit a quote to administer the Opportunity Funds of US$76,320 and manage two phases of the EducationUSA selection process.  The first phase requires coordination and payment for qualified perspective students to take standardized tests.

The second phase requires the recipient to manage the travel logistics of approximately 14-18 students, including visa and SEVIS fees, international airfare, domestic airfare, settling-in allowance, and other related expenses.  The grantee will communicate with the students, coordinate visa appointments at the appropriate U.S. consulate, make travel arrangements for domestic and international travel, and coordinate payment to the student of settling-in and other related allowances.  The successful grantee will demonstrate an ability to effectively handle funds, coordinate logistics, and finalize payments in a timely manner.

Deadline for submitting proposals: January 18, 2018

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