How to Apply

CIEE Exchange Ambassador Grants are designed for a wide variety of people working on a wide variety of projects. It does not matter if you are an individual or a member of a group. It does not matter if your idea is big or small. Our grants can help you achieve your dream of making a difference in the world.

To apply for a CIEE Exchange Ambassador Grant, the first thing you need to do is choose a grant category.
To get started, read below.

Choose Your Grant

  • Professional Development

    Do you want to grow as a professional by attending a conference or training in a particular field or industry? Get up to $1,000 to make it happen.

     

    APPLY 

  • U.S. Expert Exchange

    Are you part of a group or organization that would benefit from a lecture, presentation, or workshop led by a U.S.-based expert? Get up to $3,000 to bring that expert to your country.

     

    APPLY

  • Changemaker In Action

    Do you have an idea that could change your community (or the world)? Get up to $5,000 to establish an organization, fund an initiative, or launch a project.

     

    APPLY

Apply by

March 31, 2019

Get application advice or check out example projects
for each grant type below.

Tips and Advice   EXAMPLE PROJECTS
 

Application Tips & Advice

 No matter what grant you are applying for, it is important to articulate who you are, what you hope to accomplish, what your plan will be, and what impact this grant will have on you and your community. 

For more application advice, read the tips below:

  1. Be detailed. When describing your project, be as detailed as possible. Tell us what you hope to change and how you will make it happen.
  2. Tell us what motivates you. A good application will do more than just describe the project; it will also describe you, the applicant. Writing about your experiences and motivations is a great way to make your application more personal.
  3. Include a budget (if you have one). While a budget (or list of projected expenses) is not required to apply, it will help us evaluate your application. Need help writing a budget? Check out our FAQs !
  4. Include a reference letter (if you have one). Including a budget is not the only way to make your application stronger; you can also include a reference letter from an employer, teacher, or community member – anyone who can speak about your project!
  5. Review your application before submitting it. Be sure to check for grammar and spelling errors. We recommend that you draft your application as a separate document, then paste it into the online application when you’re ready. You won’t be able to save your online application and return to it once you’ve begun the process.

 

Example Projects

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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CIEE Alumni Enrichment Grants in the Professional Development category provide up to $1,000 in funding. The amount of money you apply for should reflect the type and scale of your project.

For ideas, see example projects below:

Requested funding: $250

Sample project: The applicant has a passion for the environment and wants to find better solutions to waste disposal by creating edible cups and spoons; this would limit the production of harmful plastic. To achieve this, the applicant needs funding to take a public speaking course, which will help the applicant perfect their “pitch” to potential investors.

Requested funding: $500

Sample project: The applicant wants to improve the lives of local children who are suffering from poverty and hunger by establishing a nonprofit. To do so, the applicant needs funding for an online business management course that will help them develop the necessary skillset.

Requested funding: $1,000

Sample project: The applicant has a passion for computer science and wants to attend a conference or training seminar to develop the skills and project ideas necessary to increase access to education and technology in a nearby refugee camp. To succeed, the applicant needs funding to cover travel, accommodation, and conference fees.

U.S. EXPERT EXCHANGE

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CIEE Alumni Enrichment Grants in the U.S. Expert Exchange category provide up to $3,000 in funding. The amount of money you apply for should reflect the type and scale of your project.

For ideas, see example projects below:

Requested funding: $750

Sample project: The applicant has identified an expert in the U.S. that has virtual presentation capabilities; this expert is willing to address a group of student volunteers on a topic related to the group’s mission. To take advantage of this opportunity, the applicant needs funding to cover the expert’s presentation or engagement fee,  technology, and space required to host the exchange.

Requested funding: $1,500

Sample project: The applicant is passionate about bringing awareness to an issue in their community, such as homelessness. One of their goals is to host a community workshop led by a social activist from the U.S. To make it happen, the applicant needs funding to cover international travel and accommodation costs incurred by the expert.

Requested funding: $3,000

Sample project: The applicant is passionate about the environment and wants to invite an expert from the U.S. to speak at a three-day festival that brings awareness to environmental problems in their community. To make this a reality, the applicant needs funding for international travel and accommodation costs incurred by the expert, as well as funds to cover their speaking fee.

CHANGEMAKER IN ACTION

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CIEE Alumni Enrichment Grants in the Changemaker in Action category provide up to $5,000 in funding. The amount of money you apply for should reflect the type and scale of your project.

For ideas, see example projects below:

Requested funding: $1,500

Sample project: The applicant is part of a group or organization focused on providing education to young girls about the risks of teen pregnancy, financial independence, and more. To increase the reach of this group, the applicant needs funding to create a website, develop a logo, and run a targeted social media campaign.

Requested funding: $3,000

Sample project: The applicant works as a volunteer in a school located in a remote tribal village. This school does not have proper infrastructure or resources to support a learning environment that is safe and motivational. The applicant seeks to organize a fundraising event to bring awareness to this school and raise funds for school improvement. This requires funding to rent a venue space, create promotional materials, and provide food and beverages to attendees.

Requested funding: $5,000

Sample project: The applicant, who is passionate about tackling environmental and public health issues in their home country, seeks to establish a social venture that introduces youth to volunteerism and community service (focusing on pollution, green space development, and recycling). To make this happen, the applicant needs funding for marketing expenses, workshop development, venue rentals, and more.