National Education Advising Agent Program


Funding Opportunity ID: 325604
Opportunity Number: ND-NOFO-20-100
Opportunity Title: National Education Advising Agent Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 19.040
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
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOS-IND
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to India
Posted Date: Mar 20, 2020
Close Date: May 18, 2020
Last Updated Date: Mar 20, 2020
Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor: $150,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $200,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: A strategic plan for a nation-wide, year-long engagement with agents is the core goal of this project. Applicants may provide a phased approach to engage agents from approximately 10 key companies per Consular region (Delhi, North India, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata). Criteria for selection of agent participants may be decided in accordance with the needs of the respective consulates. The plan should include a robust communications toolkit and phased engagements and information sessions with U.S. higher education experts, Public Affairs Sections (PAS), and Consular Sections (CONS). The objectives of these engagements are to 1) clearly articulate U.S. immigration policies, drawing from open, official sources in order to dispel any myths; 2) to inform agents how better to navigate the U.S. university admissions system; and 3) to convey the value of practicing student-focused, ethical counseling. The grantee would advertise the programs appropriately and host it in appropriate venues. At the regional level, the strategy may include introductory meetings with U.S. consulate colleagues, monthly newsletters/emailers, quarterly information sessions, online courses, trade communications through study abroad portals, content partnerships in private education fairs, identification and representation in multi-country education fairs, conferences and events. Applicant proposals must also describe a follow-up plan to evaluate change in understanding of U.S. higher education among selected participants and, if possible, their student/parent clients. The project would culminate in a conference in New Delhi or Hyderabad with all participants from the 5 consular districts. Grantee must work with Public Affairs Section New Delhi to develop selection criteria for the agents to participate in this final conference. The grantee would advertise the program appropriately and host it in suitable venues. (For further details, please refer to the full announcement available under 'related documents' tab)
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