AEIF by US Consulate - 2019 edition open - Deadline is Feb 28


Program website:
Deadline for submission is Feb 28

Outreach email

Dear Alumni,

Greetings from the U.S. Consulate General Chennai!

We are pleased to announce the latest round of the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF). AEIF 2019 provides a chance for exchange alumni to implement local projects that address global issues, and is accepting proposals from February 1 to February 28, 2019.

AEIF 2019

The competition provides small grants (up to $25,000) to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects that utilize skills and knowledge they have gained through their exchange experiences. To participate, alumni must be members of the International Exchange Alumni (IEA) global online community.

All AEIF 2019 project proposals must address one of the five U.S. foreign policy themes described below.

· Fostering Economic Prosperity

· Empowering Women and Girls:

· Building Civic Participation, Good Governance, and Resilient Communities

· Advancing Science, Technology, Health, and Innovation

· Promoting Inclusion and Educational Opportunity

Proposal Submission: You are invited to submit project ideas through the International Exchange Alumni (IEA) web site from Friday February 1 at 14:00 ET, 2019 (New York Time) – Thursday February 28 at 14:00 ET, 2019.

We invite you to visit for detailed information.

Alumni Registration at

Is your account up-to-date? We strongly encourage you to sign in to your International Exchange Alumni (IEA) website accounts well in advance to ensure your account is active and/or to reset forgotten passwords. Need to create an account? Click here for help. Don’t wait! If you send in your request for a new account after January 25, 2019, IEA may not be able to grant or restore access by the proposal submission deadline.

Get ready now: sign into your account to check out the AEIF Helpdesk. There, you can find Frequently Asked Questions, as well as sample proposals (coming soon!), budgets, and guides to help you create a great proposal.

Note: All alumni teams will need to present the project as a team of a minimum of three alumni who are current or former participants of a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program and who are registered on the International Exchange Alumni website.

To receive federal funding, successful projects will need to collaborate with legally-recognized partner organizations, including public and private organizations, academia, non-governmental organizations, etc., that meet U.S. and Indian technical and legal requirements (i.e., FCRA of Government of India, SAM and DUNS).

Please do not hesitate to contact my colleague Chitra Jaishankar, Cultural Affairs Assistant - Alumni Outreach (Cell: 7338744355; E: with questions or concerns.

We look forward to hearing from many of you soon. Good luck!

Best regards,


Mr. Moulik Berkana

Cultural Affairs Officer

Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General

220, Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, Chennai – 600006, India
Tel (Desk): +91 44 28574333 I

Rethink application for AEIF 2019

Update mail:

Dear International Exchange Alumni Community,

Due to the lapse in U.S. government appropriations (the partial shutdown), the State Department’s Office of Alumni Affairs cannot post application materials and resources for the 2019 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) at this time. Moreover, we will not launch AEIF until the U.S. government fully reopens. As a result, the AEIF application period may be shorter than normal.

As soon as we are able, we will provide AEIF 2019 materials and updated deadlines by email and on our social media properties including Facebook, Twitter, and the International Exchange Alumni website.

In the meantime, we encourage you to develop your project ideas and begin sketching out your draft budgets. You can use the templates provided on to create your proposal, and then cut and paste into the online platform when the official application period begins. Downloadable guides and other useful resources are available now on the AEIF Help Desk.

Please also log on to to make sure your profile is up to date. If you don’t have an International Exchange Alumni account, request one at Please direct your questions to us at or to the Alumni Coordinator at the Embassy or Consulate in your country. Keep in mind that due to the partial shutdown, your Alumni Coordinator may not be able to respond to you right away.

Thank you for your interest in AEIF and your active participation in the International Exchange Alumni network!