Program Number: 43948
Title: FY2015 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Southeast Asia
Sponsor: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs/Department of State
SYNOPSIS: The Study of the U.S. Branch, Office of Academic
Exchange Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, invites proposal submissions for the design and implementation of up to nine
(9) FY2015 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Southeast Asia in support of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. Each Institute will provide up to 22 ASEAN undergraduate Student Leaders with a foundation in one of three themes: Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues, and Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. Applicants may submit a proposal to implement up to two Institutes. Taking place over the course of five weeks at a U.S. academic institution, each Institute should be organized for a group of 20 to 22 foreign undergraduate students focusing on one of the above themes. The Institutes should also include an integrated educational study tour lasting approximately one week. It is ECA?s intent to award up to nine Cooperative Agreements for the administration of up to nine FY2015 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Southeast Asia and welcomes applications from accredited post-secondary education institutions in the United States (see Eligibility Information, section III) to apply for up to two Institutes. The awarding of Cooperative Agreements for these programs is contingent upon the availability of FY 2015 funds. Each award would be eligible for one base year plus two option years for an estimated
total amount of up to $720,000. <S2S>
Established Date: 10/14/2014
Follow-Up Date: 01/02/2015
Review Date: 10/14/2014
Contact: Susanna Gransee, Program Officer
Address: Study of the U.S. Branch, ECA/A/E/USS
Fourth Floor, SA-5
2200 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Deadline Ind: Receipt
Deadline Open: No
Award Type(s): Exchange Program
Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution:
Locations Tenable: U.S.A. Institution (including U.S. Territories)
Target Group(s): NONE
Funding Limit: $6,480,000 MINIMUM
Duration: 1 YEAR(s)
Indirect Costs: Unspecified
Cost Sharing: No
Sponsor Type: NONE
Geo. Restricted: NO RESTRICTIONS
OBJECTIVES: The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student
Leaders from Southeast Asia focus on three of the four YSEALI themes.
Targeted at undergraduate students in Southeast Asia, the Institutes include an intensive academic residency, community service activities, leadership development, and an integrated study tour. The Institutes should provide participants with an in-depth examination of a specific field of study, while also heightening their awareness of the history and evolution of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions, broadly defined. The Institutes should address the influence of principles and values such as democracy, the rule of law, individual rights, freedom of expression, equality, diversity, and tolerance, and should also incorporate a focus on contemporary American life. Each program should be five weeks in length; participants should spend approximately four weeks at an academic institution and approximately one week on an integrated educational study tour, including 2 to 3 days in Washington, D.C. at the conclusion of the Institute. The educational travel component should directly complement the academic program. Institutes should provide an in-depth study of one of the themes outlined below. Institute Themes: A) The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Southeast Asia on Civic Engagement should provide participants with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups. The academic program should define civic engagement, examine its development in the United States, and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism. In order to define the content of the Institute and enhance the academic experience, proposals may choose to focus on a specific theme or sub-themes such as civil rights, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, or media. To the extent possible, academic sessions should be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above. The Institute should encourage participants to develop innovative and practical plans to become engaged citizens in their own communities. B) The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Southeast Asia on Environmental Issues should explore the role that environmental policy has played in the economic and political development of the United States. The Institute should use experiential learning techniques to expose participants to current themes in the field, including climate change, natural resource management, sustainable development/sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment. The issues should be explored from numerous
angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and government policies and regulation.
Finally, the Institute should explore environmental issues in the context of a globalized society, and draw comparisons between the United States and the participants? home countries. C) The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Southeast Asia on Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development should provide participants with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches that are employed to address social issues. The Institute should review the development, history, challenges, and successes of social enterprises and community leaders, in the United States and globally. Topics may include, but are not limited to, trade; investment; financial literacy; banking; microfinance; organizational development and management; grant writing; innovation; emerging markets and risk analysis; strategic business planning; corporate social responsibility; and, women and minorities in entrepreneurship. To the extent possible, academic sessions should be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above.
ECA is seeking detailed proposals for 9 different Study of the U.S.
Institutes from accredited U.S. colleges and universities, and other not-for-profit academic organizations with established reputations in a field or discipline related to the specific program theme.
Organizations with less than four years experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.
It is ECA?s intent to award up to nine Cooperative Agreements for the administration of up to nine FY2015 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Southeast Asia and welcomes applications from accredited post-secondary education institutions in the United States to apply for up to two Institutes. The awarding of Cooperative Agreements for these programs is contingent upon the availability of FY 2015 funds. For the implementation of one Study of the U.S.
Institute for Student Leaders from Southeast Asia: $720,000 for one base year plus two option years. For the implementation of two Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Southeast Asia:
$1,440,000 for one base year plus two option years. The total funding is $6,480,000 – this figure represents the funding for up to nine Institutes for the base year plus two option years, pending successful performance and the availability of funds. Each Institute is funded at up to $240,000 per year. Grants.gov (10/09/14). (mmv)