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The Alumni Small Grants Program, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State, provides grants of up to $3,000 for individual projects or $6000 for joint projects to alumni of the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship program and the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD).

The two small-grant categories are:

1. Community or Public Service Grant – This grant is designed to provide funding for projects that benefit the community-at-large. Alumni are encouraged to work with other alumni and/or volunteers to carry out project activities. Activities proposed under this category may include, but are not limited to:

  •    Conduct a public awareness campaign on HIV/AIDs
  •  • Organize a series of volunteer events (i.e. environmental clean-ups)
  • • Develop a mentoring program for at-risk youth
  • • Launch a campaign to build school workers’ capacity to sustain healthy schools
  • • Organize a week-long Model UN conference for local youth
  • • Teach professional skills to disadvantaged populations

2. Professional Development Grant – This grant is designed to provide funding for professional development activities that develop professional knowledge and skills of the applicant, other ECA alumni, and/or professional colleagues, and facilitate professional networking opportunities. Activities proposed under this category may include, but are not limited to:

  •  Develop a technology training program for EFL teachers
  • Launch a pilot program on literacy promotion at a local NGO
  • Fund the travel of a US professor to an eligible Eurasian country and co-facilitate
  • a series of seminars on US foreign policy for graduate students