Frequently Asked Questions
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Have a question about CIEE Alumni Enrichment Grants? Check out the frequently asked questions below. If you have a question that is not answered here, do not worry. Contact us and we will be happy to answer it.
What types of projects are eligible for a CIEE Exchange Ambassador Grant?Click to Open
There are three types of CIEE Alumni Enrichment Grants. They are: Professional Development, U.S. Expert Exchange, and Changemaker in Action. To learn more about each grant and what types of projects they are designed to support, please visit our application page.
How are applications reviewed and selected?Click to Open
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee made up of CIEE employees. This committee will evaluate each application based on the following:
- Storytelling: Is your application compelling? Share why you feel strongly about your project, training, and/or professional development opportunity. When describing your project, training, and/or professional development opportunity, be creative and tell us a story that makes it personal.
- Individuality: Does your project have meaningful impact? Show us what makes your application unique. Give us examples of your project value, training and/or professional development opportunity by telling us what it would look like in real life.
- Objectives: Does your project have realistic objectives? Applications should set meaningful and realistic objectives to accomplish.
- Budget: Is your project financially feasible based on your proposed project? Budget proposals should be realistic to achieve the results you want to accomplish.
Can I apply for a grant on behalf of a group or organization?Click to Open
Of course! As long as one or more members of the group or organization meet our eligibility requirements, you are welcome to apply.
Please note: A CIEE alum must be the main point of contact for the application.
Is a budget (or projected expenses) required to apply?Click to Open
No, you are not required to include a budget to apply for a CIEE Exchange Ambassador Grant. However, a budget is encouraged, as it will help us to understand your project.
If creating a budget, please keep the following in mind:
- All expenses and/or estimates should be listed in U.S. dollars.
- Keep your budget reasonable and in line with local costs.
- It may help to divide your budget up into categories (travel, accommodations, and speaker fees are just a few of many examples).
- Do not exceed the grant maximum for your chosen category ($1,000 for Professional Development; $3,000 for U.S. Expert Exchange; $5,000 for Changemaker in Action).
Should I convert my local currency into U.S. dollars when writing my budget?Click to Open
I want to apply for the U.S. Expert Exchange grant. How do I approach an expert from the U.S. to determine their interest and availability?Click to Open
Once you know who you would like to invite to your country, it’s time to send an inquiry letter that includes information about you and/or your organization, as well as the topic on which the expert will speak or present. Need help writing this letter? Check out our sample inquiry.
Does the application process involve an interview?Click to Open
Finalists in all grant categories (Professional Development, U.S. Expert Exchange, Changemaker in Action) may be required to complete a phone or Skype interview with CIEE staff.
How and when will I be notified if I am awarded a grant?Click to Open
All applicants will be notified by email no later than May 3, 2019.
If I am awarded a grant, how will I receive the funds?Click to Open
CIEE will work with you to identify the best way to fund your specific project. Some examples include:
- If you receive funding to attend a conference, CIEE may pay your registration fee directly to the conference host.
- If you receive funding to bring an expert from the U.S. to speak or present in your country, CIEE may book travel on the behalf of your expert.
- In some instances, CIEE may wire funds directly to you. CIEE reserves the right to determine the grant payment plan.
Is there a date by which grant money must be spent?Click to Open
Yes. If selected, you are required to spend your grant within 3 to 6 months after receiving your funds. The execution of your project is also required to take place within 3 to 6 months of receiving your grant.
Do you or your project have matching funds that would contribute to the overall funding of your grant request?Click to Open
Matching funds are funds that are set to be paid in equal amount to funds available from other sources. Matching fund payments usually arise in situations of charity or public good. The terms cost sharing, in-kind, and matching can be used interchangeably but refer to different types of donations. This is not customary, nor is it required as part of the CIEE application. However, if you do have matching funds, we recommend you noting that in your application essay so that we are aware. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
Grantees are required to fill out a completion report after spending their grant. What is this?Click to Open
All recipients of CIEE Exchange Ambassador Grants will be required to submit a completion report within six months of spending their grant funds. This report should demonstrate and highlight the positive benefits of your project. Further details will be provided by CIEE to grant recipients.
If my project changes after I am awarded a grant, do I need to notify CIEE?Click to Open
Yes. Notify CIEE immediately if your project changes after you have been awarded a grant.
Please note: If you are unable to follow through on the project outlined in your application, you must return all awarded funds to CIEE.