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.

How are applications reviewed and selected?

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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.


Is a budget (or projected expenses) required to apply?

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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).

If I am awarded a grant, how will I receive the funds?

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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.

Do you or your project have matching funds that would contribute to the overall funding of your grant request?

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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 if you have further questions.