FY 2021 English Access Microscholarship Program


Funding Opportunity ID: 332759
Opportunity Number: SFOP0007960
Opportunity Title: FY 2021 English Access Microscholarship Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: Please see full announcement.
CFDA Number(s): 19.421
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Please see full announcement.
Agency Code: DOS-ECA
Agency Name: Department of State
Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Posted Date: Apr 09, 2021
Close Date: Jun 07, 2021
Last Updated Date: Apr 09, 2021
Award Ceiling: $26,000,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The Office of English Language Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/A/L) announces an open competition to administer the FY 2021 English Access Microscholarship Program (Access). The Access Program is a multi-faceted program designed to support global English language learning needs and to improve English teaching globally. The program exposes participants to U.S. culture and democratic values through English language scholarships for youth, professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators, and programming for alumni. The program’s three-pronged approach includes, but is not limited to:1) Teacher professional development: Participants receive professional development opportunities that strengthen student-centered learning; critical thinking and communicative methodologies; understanding of U.S. culture, democratic values, and service learning. Funds support programming for teachers, directors, administrators, and ministry officials in-country, in the region, and in the U.S. Programs may be virtual, hybrid or in-person depending on local health and safety conditions and on the theme or target audience for the program. The program helps teachers serve as role models and mentors to other English teachers in their respective countries and regions and provides a multiplier effect that strengthens the teaching of English in their countries.2) Scholarships: Bright, underserved students worldwide, primarily aged 13 to 20, receive a foundation of English language, leadership and professional skills, and exposure to U.S. culture and democratic values. Funds support in-country study for English classes close to the participants’ homes. Classes are usually taught in-person when health and safety conditions allow, but may move to online teaching to ensure the health and safety of the students and teachers. Hybrid and virtual-only programs may be piloted for pedagogical or programmatic purposes. The programs increase the students’ potential to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their countries and increase their chances of competing for and participating in future U.S. exchange and study programs. 3) Alumni: Participants receive opportunities that strengthen their foundation of English language, leadership and/or professional skills and understanding of U.S. culture and democratic values acquired under the scholarship program. Funds support programming for alumni in-country, in the region, and in the U.S. These programs are designed locally by U.S. embassies based on public diplomacy goals and may be offered in-person, virtually or in a hybrid format depending on the goals of the program and conditions on the ground.Please see the full announcement for additional details.
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