Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund 2020

U.S. Department of State | Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs | Office of Alumni Affairs

About the organization

The 2020 Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni will award grants of up to $10,000 for teams of at least two government-sponsored exchange program alumni to carry out public service projects that utilize the skills, knowledge, and networks gained through their exchange experiences. Teams must consist of at least one U.S. citizen alumnus/a and either one U.S. OR international citizen alumnus/a. To ensure that all alumni of cultural, academic, and professional exchanges are aware of this new opportunity, program offices and implementing partners are strongly encouraged to amplify this opportunity via social media and other communications channels to U.S. citizens who have participated in international exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. government.


This year’s themes are:

Media Literacy Education

Advance media literacy education to best prepare informed citizens for a strong democracy.

Building Community Resilience

Projects catalyze strong civil society institutions by strengthening education, civic participation, and/or economic empowerment. Projects may address needs that have arisen due to the current global health crisis and movement for racial equity.

Fostering Alumni Network Development

Strengthen the return on investment in international exchanges by building networks, expanding awareness of exchange programs, and advancing professional development of alumni.

Projects may be carried out virtually, in the United States, its territories, or overseas only when appropriate and in accordance with national and local guidance on COVID-19 safety. If the project is proposed to take place overseas, at least one of the team leaders must have direct international exchange experience in that community. All teams must describe the specific actions they will take to limit the spread of COVID-19 during project implementation.

The Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State, with implementation support by Partners of the Americas.


To qualify as an exchange alumnus/a for the purpose of the competition, individuals must have successfully completed a U.S. government- sponsored exchange program, and be registered for an account on the International Exchange Alumni website at At least one team lead must be a U.S. citizen. The link to the proposal form is on the “U.S. Alumni” tab of This particular page is only accessible to people located in the United States who have accounts on the website. U.S. citizen alumni who are partnering with international citizen alumni must be the primary applicant and point-person on behalf of the team. If U.S. alumni are having trouble accessing their accounts, guide them to [email protected]

Monday, September 28, 2020: The competition opens! All members must have their account activated. Alumni may start submitting proposals and budgets.

Friday, November 13, 2020 at 2pm U.S. Eastern Time: The deadline for proposals and budget forms. This is the final and only deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted.

November and December 2020: Eligible proposals will be reviewed and evaluated.

January 2021: Finalists and winners will be announced.



Application instructions

If you have questions about the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni, please email [email protected]

Tune into our webinar on October 9 at 12:00 pm EDT to have questions about the competition answered. Applicants can register for the webinar on the RPCV Portal.

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