U.S. Mission to South Africa -- Empowering Girls in STEM

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General Durban, South Africa of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to develop and implement a program that will encourage young women in South Africa to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). This activity meets the U.S. Mission strategic goal to promote prosperity and good governance in South Africa with the goal of developing a more skilled populace required to create economic growth in South Africa.

The overall goal of this program is to expose girls to STEM concepts at a young age thereby influencing them to pursue careers in STEM. By having direct access to women scientists who will inspire and empower them, the girls will understand that STEM careers are open to them and know the steps they must take academically to eventually pursue advanced STEM studies. For best impact, experts must be selected who have relevant STEM experience and the necessary mentoring skills to nurture girls’ academic interests by exposing them to foundational scientific principles that will encourage critical thinking and build their self-confidence.

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization.


  • Duke Internal:  Interested applicants at Duke should contact Paul Noe (paul.noe@duke.edu) as early as possible.
  • Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

NIO-PAS seeks proposals for a project entitled “Smart Cities Collaboration Competition”. Based on funding availability, the competition will be held amongst universities in Rajasthan in collaboration with U.S. universities.  Participating teams will develop technological solutions that will augment the U.S.-India Smart City partnership in the city of Ajmer.  Student teams will be asked to work on either one or more than one core infrastructure element that affects Ajmer: 

  • Water supply
  • Electricity supply (focus on solar energy)                   
  • Sanitation                                                            
  • Efficient urban mobility and public transport                 
  • Robust IT connectivity and digitalization
  • Good governance, specially e-governance and citizen participation
  • Health and education
  • Safety and security of citizens, especially women and girls
  • Sustainable development

Eligibility Requirements

The following United States and South African organizations are eligible to apply: • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations. • Public and private educational institutions.



Amount Description

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $4,000 to a maximum of $12,000

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 15, 2020