The IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) Program is designed to increase and diversify American student mobility in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. It is imperative that our next generation of leaders – American students of all backgrounds – engage internationally to foster mutual understanding and develop critical skills in support of U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. The program expands the institutional capacity of U.S. colleges and universities to Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students through IDEAS grants and capacity building initiatives for the wider U.S. study abroad community. Check out how in this FY18 Grantee Impact highlight document.

We are pleased to announce the 44 winners of the 2022 IDEAS grant competition.

As part of the IDEAS Program’s ongoing efforts to build the study abroad capacity of U.S. colleges and universities, the 2022 grant competition doubled the number of grants it provides to U.S. colleges and universities to build their study abroad capacity. Along with this one-time increase in the number of grants awarded, the 2022 Request for Proposals was divided into two phases in order to make the grant competition more accessible and equitable, in particular for lower-resourced institutions who may not have extensive grant writing experience. Phase One of the competition closed on February 20, 2022. Semi-finalists were announced in March 2022 and Phase Two closed on May 31, 2022. More details can be found in the Apply section of this website. For examples of how grant funding has been be used, review the Grantee Profiles.

The IDEAS grant competition and capacity building initiatives are open to all accredited U.S. colleges and universities. The program seeks to engage the full diversity of U.S. higher education, including community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions.

The IDEAS Program also offers U.S. colleges and universities opportunities to participate in a series of study abroad capacity building activities, both virtual and in-person, to help create, expand, or diversify their study abroad programs. See here for more details and registration links for the 2021-2022 IDEAS Webinars series.

The IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by World Learning.