Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund - Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Why do I need to have an International Exchange Alumni account to apply?

2. I have an account at Why can’t I access the page for the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund?

3. How do I know if my request for an International Exchange Alumni account has been approved?

4. Are there age restrictions for "team leads"?

5. How do I build a team/connect with other alumni?

6. Can a project be proposed by an individual?

7. Do all of my team members have to be U.S. citizens?

8. Can my team include alumni from different countries?

9. Can my team include alumni from different programs?

10. Do all team members have to be alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs?

11. Do projects have to be carried out in the United States?

12. How many projects can I submit/be a team member for?

13. How will teams be asked to manage the funds/budget?

14. Are "team leads" eligible to receive up to $250 of honorarium per-day if they lead presentations, workshops, trainings, or similar project activities?

15. Must project teams receive approval from and/or partner with embassies in countries where they intend to carry out the proposed activities? 

16. Do teams receive travel insurance if they are awarded a grant?

17. Do projects need to receive IRB approval?

18. I am ready to submit my Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund application, but I am experiencing technical difficulties. What should I do?

19. If I received a Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund grant in 2019, am I eligible to submit a project for 2020?

20. Is there a different application process if my team wants to continue with a 2019 project?

21. Can I submit the same project as my winning project in 2019?

22. My 2019 project was for a theme that is not part of this year’s competition. What do I do?


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The Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Partners of the Americas in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.