Division encourages the growth of democratic institutions in Central
and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States (NIS) of the former
Soviet Union by funding and supporting exchange and training programs
conducted by American organizations and universities. The Division also
conducts professional-level exchange programs with Western Europe, principally
Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, and Northern Ireland. These programs operate
at two levels. They create and expand partnerships between American
and foreign institutions, and they offer practical information to individuals
to assist them with their professional responsibilities.
include internships, study tours, short-term training, consultations,
and extended, intensive workshops that take place as two-way exchanges
in the United States and abroad. Many of these projects are designed
to accommodate non-English speakers and take into account the need for
ongoing sharing of information, training, and plans for self-sustainability.
Typical program designs may offer support for training centers in the
target countries, plans to create networks of professionals, techniques
for establishing Internet communication, and train-the-trainers models,
among other strategies.
For detailed information
on these programs, please refer to the Project
Themes and Country
Programs pages. The Europe/Eurasia Division also manages the Community
Connections program (formerly "Business for Russia") providing additional
funding for projects in the NIS.
As part of the Bureau
of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Office of Citizen Exchanges
on October 1, 1999, will become part of the US Department of State.
The integration will not affect the nature of ongoing programs described
on this site.
Pursuant to the
Bureau's authorizing legislation, all Bureau-funded programs must maintain
a nonpolitical character and should be balanced and representative of
the diversity of American political, social, and cultural life. "Diversity"
should be interpreted in the broadest sense and encompass differences
including, but not limited to ethnicity, race, gender, religion, geographic
location, socioeconomic status, and physical challenges.
are strongly encouraged to adhere to the advancement of this principle
both in program administration and in program content. For more information
on this topic, please refer to the Proposal
The Bureau announces
public competitions for assistance awards to American organizations
throughout the year. If your institution has a program idea that responds
to the priorities outlined in our announcements and that you feel is
capable of receiving Federal funding, please refer to the "Proposal
Guide" page for more information. Please be aware that the Bureau
does not accept or review unsolicited grant proposals, nor does the
Bureau consider grant proposals from foreign institutions.