Deadline: March 31, 2022
This announcement is subject to grant availability.
The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the US Embassy in Belgrade announces an open competition for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Serbian-American Cooperation Scholarship Program.
PDS welcomes suggestions for creative, engaging projects that align with the primary goals of the US embassy. This includes strengthening Serbian-American relations and explaining US culture, society, values, and politics to the Serbian audience. The embassy also works with the Serbian government, civil society, business and other partners to promote economic development and combat brain drain; Strengthening democracy, including by supporting citizen participation; Promoting a free press and human rights; and promoting regional stability and cooperation. Progress in these areas should help Serbia achieve its stated goal of membership in the European Union (EU).
Projects funded by this NOFO must contain an American element. This could include an association or partnership between Serbian and American organizations or institutions; Invitation from an American expert to participate in your project in person or virtually; Host a program to study common Serbian-American values, national interests, etc .; or the inclusion of a US approach or methodology to addressing a challenge facing your community, institution, or profession.
Scholarship activities can take the form of academic competitions, summer camps (with a focus on language studies, sports, etc.), cross-border exchanges, conferences, workshops, courses, curriculum development, exhibitions, hackathons or app development, online projects, test trials or moot court competitions, Simulations and role play activities (e.g. Model Congress, Model United Nations), film or theater festivals, performances or other activities.
Projects should start on July 1, 2022 at the earliest and July 1, 2022 at the latest. All activities and your assessment or evaluation of the project should be completed within 18 months. Activities should focus on the audience in Serbia. However, applicants can include participants or partners from neighboring countries of the Western Balkans if this supports the objectives of the project. (See “Participants and Audience” below.)
Serbian-American Cooperation (SAC) grant proposals should be created using a SMART logic model. The aim of your work should be: S.special, mmeasurable, ONEmakeable, R.are relevant to the problem or challenge, and Time-based, which means you will meet her on a specific date.
In accordance with the Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Underserved Communities, proposals should show how the program promotes equal opportunities in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, income, geography, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability. The proposal should also show how the program will promote engagement in underserved communities and with individuals from underserved communities. Proposals should show how combating racial justice and underserved communities will improve the objectives and objectives of the program, as well as the experience of participants.
Given the social distancing measures and limiting the spread of COVID-19, we welcome proposals that video conferencing, distance learning tools, etc. Health situation requires social distancing measures to be carried out during the funding period.
Grant recipients are expected to: Publish their activities, including through social media and / or traditional press channels; and highlight the support of the US Embassy by using our logo on project related materials.
The embassy asks for applications on the topics listed below. We have picked up ideas about what your project could do, but we welcome creative approaches and activities.
- Combating brain drain: through entrepreneurship, innovation and / or promoting tourism.
- Use of Serbia’s historical and cultural sites, including past recipients of Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grants and / or its natural resources (e.g. parks, rivers, mountains, farmlands, vineyards, etc.) to attract more tourists and local economic development.
- Promote entrepreneurship, innovation, the study of STEM (science, technology, environment and math) subjects and business development skills, including activities specifically targeting women, youth, minorities, members of other disadvantaged groups and / or underserved communities focus, especially in smaller cities and in rural areas.
- Protecting intellectual property rights to help entrepreneurs, inventors and artists generate income from their ideas, innovations, inventions and works.
- Practical, helpful and realistic strategies and approaches to help Serbian companies and communities recover economically in the post-coronavirus period.
- Equal opportunities for people with disabilities (PWDs): inclusion and representation of interests in education, the world of work, citizen participation and social interaction.
- Creating a wider awareness and discussion of the challenges faced by the disabled community through the publication of activities and achievements of the disabled community in Serbia; Presentation of good practice from NGOs, government agencies, schools, institutions and trade unions; or learn lessons from the US struggle to extend the rights of people with disabilities, which can be adapted and applied in Serbia.
- Advocating better access for people with disabilities to opportunities in education, employment, sport, community engagement, political debate, culture and other areas, including teachers and schools that provide quality education to children with learning disabilities; and communities that minimize or remove physical barriers for people with disabilities and provide easier access for the deaf / hearing impaired and the blind / visually impaired.
- Human rights. PDS welcomes projects that focus on women’s rights and promoting equality between ethnic and religious minorities, the LGBTQI community, refugees and migrants, and other disadvantaged or vulnerable groups.
- Serbian-American connections. PDS welcomes projects that inform and educate the public in Serbia about historical, cultural, scientific and human relationships between our two countries.
- Highlighting the cooperation and contributions of the citizens of both countries in different sectors (economy, governance, security, health, science, education, culture, etc.), either past or present;
- to publicize joint efforts to combat global problems such as climate change, disease, terrorism, human trafficking, international crime;
- Explain and encourage debate on current US policies towards Serbia, the region and Europe;
- Explore the intersection of Serbia’s and American national interests.
- Examining the benefits of past and current cooperation and coordination with the US and Western institutions (including the EU), US aid and / or investments in Serbia; examine the effects of person-to-person contact on our two countries, including through immigration and / or exchange programs;
- Underline our shared attitudes and values, including our belief in democracy, our commitment to academic research, etc.
- Regional cooperation / finding common solutions to common problems.
- Identify common solutions for current problems or challenges in the Balkan region, e.g. in education, environmental protection, combating brain drain, promoting tourism, crisis planning, human rights protection etc .;
- Expansion and strengthening of the connections between Serbian professional societies and civil society organizations with their colleagues in the Balkan region;
- Promoting mutual understanding, tolerance and respect among the peoples of the Western Balkans;
- Help normalize relations between Pristina and Belgrade, including projects focusing on education, environment, economy, etc.
- Promote innovative or interactive teaching methods, student or project-based education in or out of the classroom, and / or develop educational television, radio, online and video game programs that focus on:
- Promoting active engagement of citizens, including young people, in the democratic process;
- Broadening students’ understanding of government structures at the central and local level, political decision-making, representative governments and their rights and duties as citizens in a democratic society;
- Examining the role of non-governmental institutions, including the media, business and civil society, in policy-making;
- Involving students in debates on matters of public interest;
- Examination of the role Serbia plays or can play in diplomacy, promoting regional and global stability and / or combating global problems such as crime, terrorism, human trafficking, disease, etc.
- Combating anti-Semitism through Holocaust education.
- Promote tolerance and understanding towards people with different ethnic or religious backgrounds who are disabled, from the LGBTQI community or from another disadvantaged or vulnerable population group.
- Promoting gender equality.
- Ensuring equal educational opportunities for children from disadvantaged or vulnerable groups or from more remote areas of the country.
- Strengthening academic integrity and fighting corruption in education.
- Build or strengthen links between American and Serbian academic institutions, including faculty, staff, and / or students.
For all the information and detailed application instructions, please download and read the Serbian-American Cooperation Scholarship Program 2022 Funding Opportunity. Please follow all the instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this notice or do not meet the stated requirements will not be eligible.