**The 2018 deadline for this opportunity has passed or the internal application slot has been granted. Updated information will be posted when the next funding cycle opens.**
Program should empower, connect, and support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The exchange program uses a mentorship model to support emerging STEM leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa. Organizations applying for this federal award should demonstrate the capacity to recruit, select, and place in mentorships a total of approximately 100-110 women from select countries in these regions to participate in a five- to six-week intensive peer-mentoring program in the United States. The mentoring experience should focus on advancing the status of professional women in the STEM fields through project-based peer mentorships, skill building, networking opportunities, and enhancement activities. Funding will also support follow-on activities in the participants’ home countries that inspire and encourage girls and university-age women interested or working in STEM-based careers, engage young women using technology in their professions, and support former participants of the program (“alumnae”). Special emphasis should be placed on finding creative ways to involve alumnae in strengthening a network of female STEM professionals, building professional standards and capacity, and inspiring the next generation of girls interested in STEM careers by exposing them to female role models. Award applicants must exhibit their ability to manage all program logistics and overseas follow-on programming.
Internal Competition Deadline: 11:59pm MST May 1, 2018
Sponsor Application Deadline: 10:00pm MST May 31, 2018
The internal competition deadline has passed without interest; email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)
- Up to 2-page project summary
- Up to 2-page curriculum vitae
- Up to 1-page budget overview: a basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.
To access the online application, visit: https://colorado.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/4186
Organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.
Limited Submission Guidelines
Applicants may submit only one proposal under this competition.
Award Information and Duration
Award Amount: $9,240,000 total ($3,080,000 base year; same amount will be issued in years 2 and 3 pending the availability of funds and successful performance).
Number of Awards: 1
Project Period: 3 years