Europe/Eurasia Division
Mission Statement


































Our Mission

The Europe/Eurasia 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.

Project activities 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.


Support of Diversity

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.

Bureau grantees 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 Guide page.


European Programs

Current programs focus on the following themes:

  • Business & Local Government Training
  • Diplomatic Training
  • Internet Training for Journalists
  • Media Internships
  • NGO Development
  • Northern Ireland Programs
  • Reform of Court Administration
  • Strategic Planning for Universities
  • Women's Leadership Training


NIS Programs

Grants awarded by the Office of Citizen Exchanges for Russia and the NIS generally involve the following themes:

  • Distance Learning in the Field of Business Development
  • Ethics in the Public Sector
  • Management and Financial Reform of Russian Universities
  • Prevention of Trafficking in Women
  • Women's Leadership


When Will New Announcements be Posted?

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.





On October 1, 1999, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will become part of the
U.S. Department of State. Bureau webpages are being updated accordingly. Thank you for your patience.