American Schools and Hospitals Abroad Program Worldwide

Funding Agency:
US Agency for International Development

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for cooperative agreements and grants from qualified entities to implement the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) Program. The ASHA Program is now being implemented as the ASHA Initiative, part of the Bureau for Inclusive Growth, Partnerships, and Innovation (IPI), Local, Faith and Transformative Partnerships (LFT) Hub. The mission of the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) Initiative is rooted in an early vision of U.S. public diplomacy as codified in the United States (U.S.) Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 (“Smith-Mundt Act of 1948”). The main objective for ASHA’s programming is “to promote a better understanding of the United States in other countries, and to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries” (Sec. 2, Smith-Mundt Act of 1948). ASHA was created as, and remains, a public diplomacy program that furthers development outcomes, and that proposed projects should link their activities to public diplomacy outcomes and to U.S. Government (USG) policy goals as articulated in this Request for Application (RFA).

Questions on the RFA are due by 11/17/23 at 4 pm ET. Please submit questions to

Phase 1 Applications are due by 12/18/23 at 4 pm ET. Please submit Phase 1 applications via the Google Form:

Submissions will not be accepted through the portal.

One USO may submit separate applications for a maximum of two OSIs. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be U.S. not-for-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including U.S. public colleges and universities (e.g. “NGOs,” foundations, and similar). ASHA will not accept applications from individuals, for-profit, or foreign entities.



Funding Type





International Opportunities
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

December 18, 2023