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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit or IHE
for a High School Foreign Exchange Program

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program Overseas Components

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U.S. Department of State (DOS) - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division

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05/20/22 11:59 PM


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Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization or IHE to orchestrate a study exchange program for high school students from predominantly Muslim backgrounds. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. This cooperative agreement will fund the recruitment, selection, orientation, travel, liaison activities with natural parents, and alumni support. This award will also fund the placement and support of American participants abroad.

The YES inbound program advances U.S. foreign policy goals and provides scholarships for approximately 800 high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to the United States to spend an academic year (with the exception of students from Malaysia who participate only in the spring semester due to the school year cycle in their home country) in the United States. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and educate Americans about their countries and cultures.

The YES Abroad program provides scholarships for approximately 65 American high school students and recent graduates from the United States to study abroad in select YES countries for an academic year.

Under the terms of the FY 2022 Cooperative Agreement, the recipient organization will be responsible for administering full study abroad scholarships during academic year 2023-2024. The proposal should demonstrate flexibility and creativity in program administration given the ongoing global crisis presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis may create significant challenges to normal or routine program administration in all areas, including recruitment, selection, logistical arrangements, on-program activities, and alumni activities. When appropriate, applicants should discuss areas of possible impact and present alternatives to normal program operations to mitigate further program disruption. Applicant organizations should include in the proposal submission provisions for virtual activities for all participants, if conditions warrant. The proposal should include tentative dates and topics for virtual activities.

The overall goals of the YES programs are to:

  1. Promote better understanding by participating youth from the United States and selected countries about host society, people, institutions, values, and culture;
  2. Foster lasting personal and professional ties;
  3. Advance mutual understanding, respect for diversity, leadership skills, and understanding of civil society during the exchange experience and beyond; and,
  4. Enhance understanding of other countries and cultures among American host communities and improve realistic understanding of American values in host and alumni communities abroad.

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Anticipated Award Date: July 15, 2022, pending the availability of funds
Anticipated Project Completion Date: September 30, 2025

Pending successful implementation of this program and the availability of funds in subsequent fiscal years, it is ECA's intent to renew this cooperative agreement for two additional, consecutive fiscal years, before openly competing it again.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: U.S. public and private academic and cultural institutions, exchange-of-persons, and other non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) may submit applications for this competition. Applicants must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application.

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Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline Date: Friday, May 20, 2022
Applicants have until 11:59 p.m., Washington, DC time of the closing date to ensure that their entire application has been uploaded to the site.

All applicants must also have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number and be registered in

Applications may only be submitted electronically through The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

There is no minimum or maximum percentage of cost sharing required for this competition. However, the Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions about this announcement, contact:
Program Officer Kevin Baker
Phone: 202-374-6073

Direct all questions regarding registration and submission issues to: Customer Support
Contact Center Phone:800 -518-4726
Business Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; closed on federal holidays

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