U.S. Mission to Namibia -- Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The U.S. Embassy Namibia under the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a new cohort of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE).  The Public Diplomacy Section invites proposals from non-profit organizations, civil society organizations, and U.S. government alumni organizations to design and implement an entrepreneurship program that equips women entrepreneurs with skills and knowledge to grow their businesses and adapt to adverse economic situations while growing a local network of women-led businesses.  The intended program should empower women entrepreneurs to realize their full economic potential.

Participants of the AWE program will take part in facilitated in-person and virtual sessions with established Namibian and American women entrepreneurs, alumni of U.S.-funded exchange programs, and other experts from different fields that enrich the AWE experience.  Applicants must include the online interactive DreamBuilder course as part of the proposal.  The DreamBuilder curriculum teaches the skills and knowledge needed to start and grow a business.  Additionally, proposals should provide a detailed program and timelines for AWE participants.

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.

Deadline: Dec. 4, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

The following organizations are eligible to apply:   

  • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations
  • Public and private educational institutions
  • Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions (U.S. organizations should partner with a local organization or expert.)

Amount Description

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $30,000 to a maximum of $40,000

Funding Type





International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

December 4, 2023