Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/18/2022

U.S. Mission to South Africa Public Diplomacy Section Call for Proposals

The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy South Africa of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out programs in one of six categories outlined in the Program Objectives below. All program proposals must strengthen ties and build relationships between the United States and South Africa and must have a strong, central, American element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s (separate and beyond any involvement with the U.S. Mission or its American Corners or USG exchange program alumni), and have as a primary goal the promotion of increased understanding of U.S. values, perspectives, and policies and relationship building between Americans and South Africans.

Priority Region: Project activities must take place in South Africa, and be directed at South African audiences/participants. The PDS welcomes proposals that reach multiple provinces, or engage in areas outside of Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town.

COVID-19: For program proposals that include elements of in-person travel between South Africa and the United States, or other international locations, travel should not be planned until January 2022 at the earliest. All program proposals, including those with exchange components, should include flexibility in planning to adjust given the constantly evolving global and local restrictions related to COVID-19.

American Content: As noted above, successful proposals will include a clear description of the manner in which American content will be included in project implementation, in identifiable, substantive, and meaningful ways. American content may include the use of curricula from a U.S.-based institution, collaboration with an American subject matter expert, or other specific inclusion of a component of U.S. culture, history, or society.

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization, meaning that you can only apply under one of the available categories.

Interested applicants from within Duke should contact dukeiln@duke.edu as early as possible.

Deadline: May 30, 2021

Areas of Interest

Program Objectives: The PDS is seeking proposals in the following six categories. An individual or organization may only submit one application, and must identify the category under which they are applying in their proposal.

1. Advancing Women in the Workforce to Achieve Economic Growth

2. Mitigating Climate Change

3. Improving Media Literacy and Journalism Training

4. Celebrating Black History Month and Promoting Social Justice

5. Countering Gender-Based Violence to Improve Security

6. Expanding the University Partnership Initiative

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 non-profit educational institutions. • Individuals • Government institutions.

Amount Description

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $100,000

Internal Nomination



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