Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2020

Are you a U.S. exchange alumni with a great idea?

If you are a U.S. government-sponsored international exchange program alumni*, you can team up with other #ExchangeAlumni (team leaders must be non-U.S. citizen alumni) to apply for an Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) grant!

AEIF supports teams of alumni with grants from USD $5,000 up to USD $25,000 for public service projects that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges.

2020 Theme:

Women, Peace, and Security.

AEIF will prioritize funding projects that:

  • Strengthen the role of women in peace, security, and governance;
  • Promote protection of women and girls from violence, abuse, and exploitation;
  • Support women’s political, economic, and civic participation; or,
  • Engage women as partners in preventing terrorism and countering radicalization and recruitment;


 February 25, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Uruguay local time

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be alumni of U.S. government-funded or sponsored exchange programs, and form teams of at least two (2) alumni. This includes J-1 Exchange Visitor Program alumni as well as USG-funded exchange alumni.
  • Alumni who are U.S. citizens may not submit proposals, but U.S. citizen alumni may participate as team members in a project.
  • Alumni teams may be comprised of alumni from different exchange programs and different countries.
  • Proposals must address women in peace, security, and governance. Proposals that do not address the theme as outlined in the program objectives will be deemed ineligible.
  • All project activities must take place outside of the United States and its territories.

Allowable Activities and Costs:

AEIF 2020 can support the following costs and activities:

  • Intra-regional or in-country transportation
  • Rental of venues for project activities
  • Trainer or speaker expenses
  • Reasonable equipment and materials
  • Meals or refreshments integral to the project goals (i.e. working lunch during a meeting)
  • Communications and publicity materials, such as manuals or project advertisements

Ineligible Activities and Unallowable Costs:

AEIF 2020 does not support the following activities or costs, and the selection committee will deem applications involving any of these activities or costs ineligible:

  • Airfare to or from the United States and its territories
  • Activities that take place in the United States and its territories
  • Sustained staff salaries, office space, and overhead/operational expenses
  • Large items of durable equipment or construction programs
  • Alcohol, excessive meals, refreshments, or entertainment
  • Academic or scientific research
  • Charitable or development activities or the provision of direct social services to a population
  • Support or opposition of partisan political activity or lobbying for specific legislation or programs
  • Programs that support specific religious activities
  • Fund-raising campaigns
  • Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization
  • Venture capital, for-profit endeavors, or charging a fee for participation in the project
  • Individual scholarships
  • Personal development
  • Social travel/visits
  • Gifts or prizes
  • Programs that duplicate existing programs



Date Phase
January 15 – February 25 AEIF is open! Send us your proposal.
February 26 – March 13 Embassy Montevideo’s Public Affairs Section will evaluate the proposals and select programs that will be presented to the global AEIF.

Deadline and Application Forms:

Download the application form and the budget form.

Send these two documents to before February 25 at 10:00 p.m. Uruguay local time.

In the subject of your email you must follow this format AEIF2020 URUGUAY PROPOSAL NAME. Example: AEIF2020 URUGUAY EMPOWERING EMERGING WOMEN.


If you have any questions, contact Álvaro Fernández at (Final proposals sent to this email account instead of will be not taken into consideration for the selection process.)