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Funding Opportunity ID: 327470
Opportunity Number: SRW-600-FY20-03
Opportunity Title: June 30, 2020
Opportunity Category: Other
Opportunity Category Explanation: One time opportunity
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 19.040
Eligible Applicants: Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOS-RWA
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to Rwanda
Posted Date: Jun 04, 2020
Close Date: Jun 30, 2020
Last Updated Date: Jun 04, 2020
Award Ceiling: $250,000
Award Floor: $100,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $250,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Funding Opportunity Title: U.S.-Rwanda Training Program and Mentorship Exchange on University Advancement and International PartnershipsFunding Opportunity Number: SRW-600-FY20-03Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2020CFDA Number: 19.040 Public Diplomacy ProgramsTotal Amount Available: $250,000A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONThe U.S. Embassy Kigali of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications for a cooperative agreement to organize a training program and mentorship exchange on university advancement and international partnerships for mid-career Rwandan higher education administrators during the 2020-21 academic years. Please carefully follow all instructions below.Program Objectives:The U.S. Embassy in Kigali, through the Bureau of African Affair’s University Partnership Initiative (UPI), will fund a cohort-based training and mentorship exchange program for emerging higher education administrators in Rwanda during the 2020-21 academic year, focused on university advancement and international partnership.There is no shortage of interest among U.S. higher education institutions in establishing partnerships in Rwanda. While U.S. institutions and Rwandan colleges and universities make many initial connections and agree to a good number of formal collaborations, most of these MOUs “quickly start gathering dust,” in the words of one local administrator. Rwandan institutions describe difficulties identifying, cultivating, and sustaining the right type of international partnerships. They also express difficulties mobilizing resources for all campus operations, including in support of international partnerships.Early to mid-career administrators hold the keys not just to international collaboration in higher education, but also to better student outcomes and ultimately the success of the country’s ambitious transformation into a knowledge-based economy. Emerging administrators in Rwanda often do not have the practical know-how or support to take full advantage of the United States’ status as Rwanda’s preferred partner in higher education and the strong interest by many U.S. institutions, which often see Rwanda as an ideal learning environment across a variety of fields. If we can modernize the approach of Rwandan administrators toward university advancement and international partnerships, then these influential partners will be primed to make connections that will benefit students, schools, and society at large in both Rwanda and the United States.In coordination with Embassy Kigali, grant recipient will design and implement a training program and mentorship exchange for no less than six (6) emerging Rwandan higher education administrators, selected to create a diverse cohort representing both public and private institutions. Programming components may include but are not limited to the following:The cohort will participate in workshops in Kigali, focused on exploring best practices in university advancement and international partnerships. Local experts and visiting academics will lead focused conversations. Virtual exchanges will be one priority topic in order to tailor the program to the realities of the covid-19 era.Site visits will illustrate a variety of existing models, and highlight ongoing U.S.-Rwandan collaborations including CMU Africa, the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), and the University of Nebraska’s connection with the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA).Up to six U.S.-based higher education administrators will be selected to mentor the Rwandan participants individually or in small groups. Mentors will have experience and connections in both university advancement and international partnerships. Mentor selection will prioritize a diverse range of U.S. institutions. In the event that international travel continues to be impractical, the selection of mentors with first-hand experience in Rwanda or similar settings will be prioritized. If global conditions allow, mentors will visit Rwanda for one week to learn about their partner’s institution(s) and to speak with the full cohort. Visits will be scheduled non-concurrently over the academic year to maximize impact. Mentors will connected electronically with their partner(s) throughout the year and host their partner’s fellowship.In 2021, the Rwandan administrators will visit their mentor’s campus for a two-week fellowship. The program will focus on advancement and partnership best practices in action and be individualized to each administrator’s unique needs. The cohort will reunite to pitch partnership deals at a relevant opportunity, including NAFSA, AIEA, etc. Participants will be able to request program funding for a senior administrator from their institution to join them for a few days at their mentor’s campus and/or at the convention event.Upon return to Rwanda, the cohort will organize a one-day symposium on university advancement and international partnership in Kigali in fall 2021. The cohort will author and present a white paper on working-level best practices and higher-level policy and planning recommendations within the Rwandan higher education system. This paper should be prepared for eventual publication.Throughout the program, Rwandan administrators will receive training on grant writing and have the opportunity to compete for funding of up to $10,000 per project for proposals that either directly or indirectly facilitate a new U.S.-Rwanda higher education partnership.Participants and Audiences:Jointly with grantee, U.S. Embassy Kigali will participate in selecting a diverse cohort of mid-career administrators representing a variety of Rwandan higher education institutions. This program will also actively engage senior administrators within the Rwanda higher education system and U.S. HEIs.
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