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National Education Advising Agent Program - Federal Grants

Funding Opportunity Overview

Opportunity NumberND-NOFO-20-100
Opportunity TitleNational Education Advising Agent Program
Opportunity CategoryDiscretionary
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Post DateMarch 20, 2020 (Friday)
Last Updated DateMarch 20, 2020 (Friday)
Close DateMay 18, 2020 (Monday)
Award Amount$150,000 - $200,000 (total funding : $200,000)

Funding Detail 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)

Funding Additional Information

Agency NameU.S. Mission to India
Important Dates
Post DateMarch 20, 2020 (Friday)
Close DateMay 18, 2020 (Monday)
Last Updated DateMarch 20, 2020 (Friday)
Archive DateJune 17, 2020 (Wednesday)
Awards Detail
Award Floor$150,000
Award Ceiling$200,000
Estimated Total Program Funding$200,000
Expected Number Of Awards1
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Additional InformationU.S. Embassy New Delhi
Additional Information URLhttps://in.usembassy.gov

CFDA Numbers

Next CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) numbers are associated to this grant.
  • 19.040 - Public Diplomacy Programs

Categories of Funding Activities

Categories of Funding Activities

  • Education

Category Explanation

  • No Additional Explanation Reported

Funding Eligibility

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

Grantor Contact Information

Grantor ContactGrant Applications Manager,
U.S. Embassy, New Delhi
EmailND_GrantApplications@state.gov
(Grant Applications Manager)