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The Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2021
April 9, 2021

U.S. Government exchange program alumni are invited to submit their proposals and compete for an award of up to US$50,000 to make their community project idea a reality and implement their program within their community!

Read on for more details.

  • Proposals generally should be in the range of US$10,000 to US$50,000
  • Alumni applicants may submit their proposals and budgets to:  SingaporePASCultural@state.gov
  • To submit proposals, all alumni applicants must use the official AEIF proposal (as either Word or PDF) and budget (in Excel) forms by Sunday, June 20, 2021
  • When submitting, please follow the following naming convention or the title of the documents:  Singapore_AEIF (Your Proposal Name  or  Budget).
    For instance:
    Singapore_AEIF_(Your Proposal Name).PDF   or   Singapore_AEIF_(Your Proposal Name). DOC
    Singapore_AEIF_(Budget_Your Proposal Name).XLS


  • Each alumni team must use the official AEIF proposal (either in Word or PDF) and budget (in Excel) forms to submit its respective project application
  • Each project proposal must include the involvement of at least two alumni or an alumni association
  • Proposals may request from $10,000 up to $50,000
  • Items valued at $200.00 or more must be itemized.  Related costs should not be lumped together (i.e. lodging, meals, and per diem should be separate line items)
  • Submitted proposal must include a clear explanation of how the project advances the U.S.-Singapore relationship by:
    • Enhancing shared safety and security through a strengthened U.S. and Singaporean partnership
    • Promoting economic growth, prosperity, innovation, and entrepreneurship
    • Promoting mutual understanding and people-to-people ties between Americans and Singaporeans
  • All project activities must take place outside of the United States and its territories
  • U.S. citizen alumni may participate as team members in a project, however, there must be foreign alumni included in the project
  • Projects may include alumni from different exchange programs and different countries
  • All proposals must identify the alumni involved in the project (alumni’ names, which exchange program(s) attended, and when – MM/YYYY)



AEIF 2021 can support the following:

  • Intra-regional or in-country transportation
  • Rental of venues for project activities
  • PPE and sanitizing equipment
  • Meals/refreshments integral to the project (i.e. working lunch for a meeting)
  • Reasonable costs to support virtual programming (i.e. subscription to Zoom, WebEx, camera/microphones for virtual meetings, mailing services, etc.)
  • Trainer or speaker honoraria expenses (I.e. maximum $200/day fee, travel, lodging, per diem)
  • Reasonable equipment and materials
  • Communications and publicity materials, such as manuals or project advertisements



AEIF 2021 will not support the following:

  • Any airfare to/from the United States and its territories
  • Activities that take place in the United States and its territories
  • Staff salaries, office space, and overhead/operational expenses
  • Large items of durable equipment or construction programs
  • Alcohol, excessive meals, refreshments, or entertainment
  • Academic or scientific research
  • Charitable or development activities
  • Provision of direct social services to a population
  • Individual scholarships
  • Social travel/visits
  • Gifts or prizes
  • Duplication of existing programs
  • Institutional development of an organization
  • Venture capital, for-profit endeavors, or charging a fee for participation in project
  • Support for specific religious activities
  • Fund-raising campaigns
  • Support or opposition of partisan political activity or lobbying for specific legislation

For more details on AEIF 2021, visit:  https://alumni.state.gov/aeif