100,000 Strong in the Americas uses the principle of leveraged innovation with higher education institutions (HEIs) that demonstrate the greatest commitment and innovation toward increasing study abroad opportunities between the United States and countries in the Western Hemisphere. In applying for the Innovation Fund grants, HEIs will be asked to demonstrate how they will assert leadership in implementing the innovations proposed, how they will address on-campus barriers to student mobility, how they will maintain student engagement, and how they will commit to making concrete changes to expand access to study abroad as sending and/or hosting institutions.

The Department of State, NAFSA, and Partners of the Americas reserve the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted. Please refer to the RFPs below for a complete statement of goals and expected results of the competitions.


Current Open Competitions

**NOTE:  Before applying for an Innovation Fund grant, please ensure that you are registered in the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Network.
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2018 MetLife Foundation Study Abroad Innovation Competition

Thanks to the generous support of MetLife Foundation.

Eligibility & Themes: All higher education institutions in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico—that promote study abroad and training opportunities for students in any academic discipline, with a focus on programs that address inclusion and diversity in study abroad and serve economically disadvantaged and/or underserved student populations—are eligible to compete.

Application Period:  May 15, 2018 – July 16, 2018 by 8:00 am EDT


Click below to begin the application process or to send us your questions on the grant competitions.

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