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 requests for proposal (RFPs) below for a complete statement of goals and expected results of the competitions.

Current Open Competitions

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The 2019 U.S.-Mexico Innovation Fund Competition for Economic and Financial Inclusion and Agricultural Sustainability for Inequality Reduction

Thanks to the generous support of Fundación Banorte, Fundación Gruma, and the U.S. Department of State 

Eligibility & Themes: All higher education institutions in Mexico and the United States – that promote academic exchange and training for students in the themes of Agricultural Sustainability and Financial/Economic Inclusion, with an emphasis on inequality reduction – are eligible to apply. (For a complete list of eligible fields of study, please refer to the Request for Proposal linked below).

Informational Webinars:

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 2:00 PM EST (Spanish). [Check back soon to access the recording of this webinar!]
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 2:00 PM EST (English). [Check back soon to access the recording of this webinar!]

Application Period: November 21, 2019 – March 2, 2020


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

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