American Impact Award Application Now Open

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During the Alumni Enrichment Institute held at Georgia State University, Dr. Sharon Hill organized a panel discussion on women and girls issues in Sub-Saharan Africa at the Women and Girls Leadership and Empowerment Conference, featuring a documentary produced by Tamlin Hall and 2021 Alumni as speakers.

Applications for the American Impact Award (AIA) are now closed.

In-person AIA activities should be conducted in accordance with local COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, and precautions should be outlined in the work plan. Applicants may also apply to implement virtual projects or events.

The AIA is designed to enhance the U.S. impact of Reciprocal Exchange projects.  This small grant program provides funds for Reciprocal Exchange Participants to implement programming and/or present at events in the United States that continue, expand, or deepen the local impact of their Reciprocal Exchange projects.  Participants from all Reciprocal Exchange years and who have not previously been awarded an AIA are eligible to apply for grants of up to $3,000 to support a follow-on AIA activity related to their Reciprocal Exchange project.

As the focus of this award is domestic U.S. impact, eligible projects should clearly demonstrate both direct and indirect impact on U.S. stakeholders such as local businesses, community groups, youth organizations, and/or Fellowship Institute Partners.  The intent of the AIA is to increase the number of U.S. beneficiaries who gain global skills, cultural knowledge, and strategic partnerships as a result of the Reciprocal Exchange component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.  Please note that no funding will be provided to bring Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni to the United States; however, Fellowship Alumni may choose to travel to the United States without funding or support from the U.S. Department of State.  They may also participate in the AIA virtually.  Projects should not be contingent upon Fellowship Alumni participation.  Cost-share is strongly encouraged.

Award Timeline

  • Application Deadline: September 23, 2022
  • Grant Period: January 16 – September 30, 2023

Eligibility Requirements

Reciprocal Exchange Participants from all years are eligible to apply for grants of up to $3,000 to support a follow-on project or activity related to their Reciprocal Exchange project. As the focus of this award is domestic impact, eligible projects should clearly demonstrate both direct and indirect impact on U.S. stakeholders such as local businesses, community groups, youth organizations, or Institute Partners.  Collaboration and cost-sharing with U.S. stakeholders for AIA projects is strongly encouraged.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be Reciprocal Exchange Participants who have completed a Reciprocal Exchange project prior to applying for the AIA;
  • Be U.S. citizens currently living in the United States;
  • Not be employees of the U.S. Government (including a U.S. Embassy, USAID, or other U.S. Government entity); and
  • Agree to sign an Award Terms & Conditions agreement.

Note: Applicants proposing conference attendance will be required to present or exhibit at the proposed conference to share the outcomes of their Reciprocal Exchange projects.

All completed applications received by 11:59 PM EDT on September 23, 2022, will be evaluated competitively against the eligibility requirements and selection criteria. 

IREX reserves the right to verify all information included in the application. In the event of a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. IREX reserves the right to offer partial funding to selected recipients.

Application Materials

  • AIA Application Form (click “Apply Now” to begin)
  • Work Plan Template and Guidelines (download)
  • Budget Template and Guidelines (download)
  • Resume (must be submitted in English and no longer than two pages)

Contact

Please contact REmwf@irex.org with any questions.

Download a copy of the AIA Application Instructions