Alumni Engagement Winners for 2015 Announced

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 11, 2015

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the 2015 winners of the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF). The AEIF competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs. The teams carry out public service projects to address global challenges using the skills and knowledge gained through their experiences in the exchange programs.

This year, alumni from more than 130 countries developed 833 project ideas, and 210 projects were selected as finalists. A total of 48 teams were awarded grants of up to $25,000 to support their public service projects embodying themes such as empowering women and girls, entrepreneurship, youth employment, climate change, and access to education.

Examples of this year’s winning projects include: launching a pop-up radio program to encourage diverse communities to work together against violent extremism in France; creating a grassroots program in the Philippines to empower youth in Mindanao affected by conflict; challenging high school girls to use science and technology to solve pressing community challenges in Kenya; raising awareness about environmental protection in Paraguay through a recycling competition for students; and in India, developing a mobile news app in English and Tamil to empower marginalized groups through citizen journalism.

The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 for exchange program alumni to collaboratively tackle critical issues worldwide.

To view the AEIF winners, visit For more information, please contact