and Training Programs for the NIS
Charity Know How
Training Tuition Scholarships for College Faculty, Students and
College Partnerships Program
The Trust for Mutual
and Training Programs for the NIS
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Office of Citizen Exchanges, is offering
a grant opportunity for U.S. organizations to conduct exchanges
and training programs in collaboration with partner organizations
for the New Independent States. Information regarding current and
previous years' programs is posted on our website.
Please take a look and see which organizations and
types of programming the Department has been funding in the NIS
and Central/Eastern Europe. To access the website click here.
The current RFP can be found here.
At present required proposals for exchange programs
include the following themes:
- Media Internships (Ukraine or Belarus/Ukraine, Russia, Caucasus
Regional, Central Asia Regional)
- Women's Leadership Programs (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan -- Single
Country & Regional)
- Public Advocacy Training for NGOs and Associations (Russia,
- Prevention of Trafficking in Women and Girls (Russia, Belarus
and Moldova -- Single- and Multi-country)
Please be sure to look for the full text of the Request
for Proposals (RFP) and the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI),
both of which can be found on their website.
The title of this competition is: Exchanges and Training
Programs for the New Independent States--Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia,
Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia. Announcement number: ECA/PE/C/EUR-01-19.
The deadline for proposal submissions is December 19, 2000.
You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions concerning this RFP. Please be so kind as to
read the entire RFP and PSI before contacting their office.
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American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
is currently accepting applications for fellowships from the U.S.
Department of State, the Department of Education, and the National
Endowment for the Humanities that provide support for graduate students,
scholars, and faculty to conduct research and/or study languages
in the former Soviet Union and east-central Europe.
National Endowment for the Humanities: Collaborative
Fellowships of up to $30,000 for four to nine months
of research in east-central Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Proposals must include plans to work with at least one collaborator
in the field. The merit-based competition is open to all U.S. post-doctoral
scholars in the humanities, including such disciplines as modern
and classical languages, history, linguistics, literature, jurisprudence,
philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, and ethics. (For
a complete list of eligible disciplines, please contact American
Councils.) Language proficiency is not required if applicants can
demonstrate a means of conducting research without it. American
Councils is prepared to assist scholars in locating potential collaborators.
Application deadline: February 15, 2001
Special Initiatives Fellowship for Research in
Grants for field research on policy-relevant topics
in Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Scholars may apply for fellowships of four to twelve months in one
or more cities or countries in the region. Funding is provided by
the U.S. State Department Program for Research and Training on Eastern
Europe and the Newly Independent States (Title VIII). Applicants
must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field, have held an academic or
research position for at least five years, have sufficient language
ability to carry out the proposed research, and plan to spend at
least four months in the region. Fellowships range from $15,000
to $35,000; they include international airfare, medical insurance,
visas, and overseas support from American Councils offices. Application
deadline: February 15, 2001
Regional Scholar Exchange Program:
Fellowships for U.S. scholars in the humanities, social
sciences, and information technology field to conduct research in
the countries of the former Soviet Union for four to six months.
Applications for research in Central Asia are particularly encouraged.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and advanced graduate students
or junior to mid-career faculty between the ages of 24 and 60. Fellowships
include international travel, visas, insurance, living stipends,
and logistical support from American Councils regional offices.
Typical awards range from $7,000 to $10,000. Application deadline:
February 15, 2001
Combined Research and Language Training Program:
Provides full support and approximately eight hours
per week of language instruction for three to nine months. Language
classes are designed to help young scholars write with sophistication
about their academic fields. Fellowships provide round-trip international
travel, housing, tuition, living stipends, visas, insurance, affiliation
fees, archive access, research advising, and logistical support
in the field. Typical awards: $12,000 to $25,000. Open to graduate
students, post-docs, and faculty. Funded by the U.S. Department
of State, Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and
the Newly Independent States. Application deadlines: October 15,
2001 (Spring Program); March 1, 2001 (Summer Program); April 1,
2001 (Academic Year and Fall Programs).
Title VIII Central Europe Research Scholar Program:
Provides full support for three to nine month research
trips to east-central Europe. Fellowships include round-trip international
travel, housing, living stipends, visas, insurance, and affiliation
fees. Typical awards range from $12,000 to $25,000. Open to graduate
students, scholars, and faculty who are U.S. citizens or permanent
residents conducting research in the humanities or social sciences.
Policy-relevant topics are particularly encouraged. Funded by the
U.S. Department of State Program for Research and Training on Eastern
Europe and the Newly Independent States. Applications currently
accepted on a rolling basis.
Title VIII Central Europe Language Program:
Offers international airfare, tuition, insurance,
and living stipends to graduate students and faculty for up to three
months of intensive language study at major universities throughout
east-central Europe and the Baltic States. Applicants must be U.S.
citizens or permanent residents. Funded by the U.S. Department of
State Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the
Newly Independent States. Application Deadline: March 1, 2001.
Summer Russian Language Teachers Program:
Provides full support for six weeks of summer study
at Moscow State University. Courses include advanced Russian language,
culture, literature and pedagogy. Participants receive a one-day
orientation in Washington, DC; round-trip international airfare;
housing; insurance; weekly living stipends; and visas. Open to teachers
of Russian at all levels (including high school) and graduate students
who intend a teaching career; participants must be U.S. citizens
or permanent residents. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Application deadline: February 15, 2001.
For more information about these programs and applications,
Manager, Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
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Charity Know How
Charity Know How (CKH) was set up in 1991 to help
revitalize civil society in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and
the Former Soviet Union (FSU) through the funding of skill-sharing
partnership projects between British NGOs and organizations of those
regions. Since 1991, CKH has supported more than 2,500 such projects,
making awards totaling in excess of 3 million.
The project continue to provide small grants (up to
15,000) for skill-sharing partnerships between NGOs: eligible organizations
may be formal and informal voluntary and non-profit organizations,
or any group or organization which, under British law, is considered
to have charitable purposes. Projects should contain a significant
element of transfer of know-how, and can include training programs
for NGO staff and volunteers, professional advice and study visits.
CKH is unable to fund applications from individuals,
the preparation of funding proposals or applications, the teaching
of English as a foreign language or other student programs, any
building or capital costs, the costs of transporting humanitarian
aid or medical equipment, the costs of offices, salaries or equipment
(including fax machines and other communications equipment), or
youth, artistic or cultural exchanges.
The project has recently made some changes to its
guidelines by introducing target regions for our general grants
program. Applications to the general program must now include as
principal beneficiary an NGO in at least one of the countries in
the four target regions listed below.
Bulgaria, Croatia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Macedonia (FYROM),
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
other countries in Central and Eastern Europe, (i.e. Czech Republic,
Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia) may apply
as part of an application involving at least one NGO from one of
these countries. There are no geographical restrictions or special
conditions on work within the countries of the target regions.
to the General Program, we have also introduced two pilot programs,
Partnership Development Grants and Global Grants, which are aimed
at organizations working further afield.
NB: The application
form has also been slightly modified in keeping with these changes.
Updated guidelines and application forms are now available from
the CKH office. The next deadline for receipt of completed application
forms is Tuesday 23 January 2000. Applications under the old guidelines
and made on the old application form will not be accepted after
obtain any further details, or a copy of the updated guidelines
and an application form by contacting Charity Know How
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Training Tuition Scholarships for College Faculty, Students and
National Education Foundation CyberLearning, a non-profit
organization dedicated to bridging the Digital Divide since 1994,
is offering "No Excuse" tuition-free on-line training
in Information Technology to the first 10,000 applicants. NEF has
two on-line programs, recently acclaimed by "Forbes Best of
the Web" as the best online IT courses, available:
- Personal Computing (300+ self-study and instructor-led courses
including all Microsoft Office, Web Design, Lotus Notes, Internet
etc, tuition value of $3,000) for a $75 registration fee, the
- Information Technology (650+ self-study and instructor-led courses,
including the above and 350+ Certification courses in Microsoft,
Cisco, Oracle, Novell, Web Master etc, tuition value of $6,500)
for a $270 registration fee, the only cost.
For either program, registration is valid through
June 30, 2001 and there are no tuition costs for classes. The registrant
receives free unlimited access to the courses, a vast online library,
chat areas, certification skill tests and evaluations. This is an
exceptional value and a great way for anyone to upgrade IT skills
and learn new skills.
To sign up, visit www.cyberlearning.org
and click on "PC Scholarships(300+ Courses)" or click
on "IT Scholarships (650+Courses)." Then, complete the
"Teachers and Others in Education" application. Many colleges,
schools and other educational organizations reimburse the training
registration fee. Over 5,000 educators, faculty and students have
To bridge the Digital Divide, NEF also
provides "No Excuse" IT training scholarships to disadvantaged
school and college students and teachers throughout the Nation.
About NEF: The non-profit National Education Foundation
CyberLearning has provided tuition-free IT training to thousands
of students, teachers, government and non-profit employees and disadvantaged
individuals since 1994. NEF is well on its way to training 100,000
IT professionals and a million disadvantaged students nationally
through its "No Excuse" IT Training Program. NEF has earned
many distinctions including "The Ivy League of IT Training,"
"1995 Fairfax Human Rights Award," and " A Leader
in Bridging the Digital Divide."
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Community College Partnerships Program
The Office of Global Educational Programs of the United
States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs announces an open competition for an assistance award program.
Accredited institutions offering the two-year Associate's degree
and meeting the provisions described in IRS regulation 26 CFR 1.501(c)
may apply to pursue institutional or departmental objectives in
international partnerships with counterpart institutions from Georgia,
Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine or Uzbekistan. The underlying
purposes of these partnerships should be: 1) to support through
teaching, scholarship, and professional outreach from the partner
institutions, the transition of the New Independent States to democratic
systems based on market economies; and 2) to strengthen mutual understanding
and cooperation between the United States and the New Independent
The maximum award in the FY 2001 competition will
be $200,000. Requests for amounts smaller than the maximum are eligible.
Budgets and budget notes should carefully justify the amounts requested.
Grants awarded to organizations with less than four years of experience
in conducting international exchange programs will be limited to
$60,000. Grants are subject to the availability of funds for Fiscal
Projects must conform with the Bureau's requirements
and guidelines outlined in the solicitation package for this RFP,
which can be obtained by following the instructions given in the
section below entitled "For Further Information".
The NIS Community College Partnerships Program is
limited to the following academic fields:
(2) education/continuing education/educational administration;
(3) journalism/communications; and
(4) social, political, or economic sciences.
U.S. INSTITUTION AND PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY
In the United States, participation in the program
is open to accredited institutions offering the two-year Associate's
degree. Applications from consortia and other combinations of cooperating
institutions are eligible. Secondary U.S. partners may include relevant
non-governmental organizations, non-profit service or professional
organizations, or other institutions of higher education.
FOREIGN INSTITUTION AND PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY
In other countries, participation is open to recognized
institutions of post-secondary education, including pedagogical
institutes and universities, technical institutes and universities,
and vocational training schools. Secondary foreign partners may
include relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations,
non-profit service or professional organizations. Participants representing
the foreign institutions must be faculty or staff of the primary
or secondary partner institution, and be citizens, nationals, or
permanent residents of the country of the foreign partner, and be
qualified to hold a valid passport and U.S. J-1 visa.
FOREIGN COUNTRY AND LOCATION ELIGIBILITY
Foreign partners from the following countries are
Russia Preference will be given to proposals that
designate a partner institution outside Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Proposals that designate a partner institution in the Russian Far
East, Tomsk, or Samara region are encouraged.
Ukraine Preference will be given to proposals that
designate a partner institution outside Kiev.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS
All copies must be received at the Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs by 5 p.m. Washington, D.C. time on Friday,
February 23, 2001. Faxed documents will not be accepted at any time,
nor will documents postmarked on Friday, February 23, 2001 but received
on a later date. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure
compliance with the deadline.
Approximate program dates: Grants should
begin on or about August 15, 2001.
Duration: Approximately August 15,
2001 - August 14, 2004.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Please contact the United States Department of State,
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Global
Educational Programs, Humphrey Fellowships and Institutional Linkages
Branch, State Annex 44 (ECA/A/S/U) room 349, 301 4th Street, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20547, fax: (202) 401-1433 to request a Solicitation
Package containing more detailed award criteria; all application
forms; and guidelines for preparing proposals, including specific
criteria for preparation of the proposal budget. Please specify
Bureau Program Officer Jonathan Cebra (telephone: 202-619-4126,
email: email@example.com) on all inquiries and correspondence
regarding partnerships with institutions in Moldova or Ukraine;
please indicate Bureau Program Officer Michelle Johnson (telephone:
202-619-4097, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) on all inquiries and
correspondence regarding partnerships with institutions in Russia;
please indicate Bureau Program Officer Alanna Bailey (telephone:
202-619-6492, email: email@example.com) on all inquiries and
correspondence regarding institutions in any other eligible country.
Applicants must follow all instructions given in the
Solicitation Package. The original and 10 copies of the application
should be sent to:
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs
Program Management Staff, ECA/EX/PM, Room 534
301 4th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20547
Applicants must also submit the "Executive Summary"
and "Proposal Narrative" sections of the proposal on a
3.5" diskette, formatted for DOS. This material must be provided
in ASCII text (DOS) format with a maximum line length of 65 characters.
The Bureau will transmit these files electronically to public affairs
sections at U.S. embassies overseas for their review, with the goal
of reducing the time it takes to get posts' comments for the Bureau's
grants review process.
For more detailed information on the project click
You can also find information on Project Objectives,
Goals, and Implementation (POGI) here.
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Trust for Mutual Understanding
The Trust for Mutual Understanding was established
in 1984 by an anonymous American benefactor as a private, grant-making
organization dedicated to promoting improved communication, closer
cooperation, and greater respect between the people of the United
States, the Soviet Union, and other countries in Eastern and Central
The Trust provides grant support to American nonprofit
organizations conducting international cultural and environmental
exchanges in partnership with institutions and individuals in Russia
and Eastern and Central Europe. Priority consideration is given
to projects in which direct, professional interaction plays a major
Today, most of TMU's grants are made for exchange
activities relating specifically to Russia, with the balance being
allocated primarily for projects involving the Czech Republic, Hungary,
Poland, the Slovak Republic, and Ukraine. A limited amount of assistance
is also provided for exchanges with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Mongolia, Romania, Slovenia, and Yugoslavia.
The independent Baltic states and those of Central Asia that were
formerly part of the Soviet Union are not currently within TMU's
Approximately two-thirds of TMU's grants are awarded
for projects in the visual and performing arts and one-third in
environmental conservation and protection.
To learn more about TMU and the services it provides
please click here.
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