Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM Camp 2017 -- Deadline Extended

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM Camp is a public-private partnership that is designed to encourage adolescent girls to pursue further education and potential careers in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design and Mathematics) fields.  A gender imbalance exists, especially internationally, in regards to women’s global participation and promotion in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The need to address this imbalance is especially prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa, which continues to lag behind when it comes to gender equality in education and health, generally. 

WiSci is designed to empower young women with the knowledge and skills to be competitive during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful industry connections and inspiring mentors. The 2017 WiSci camp will take place in Sub-Saharan Africa, likely in Tanzania or Malawi, the two countries that are the focus of a new, multifaceted effort by the United States to address gender-based violence and empower adolescent girls.  Up to 120 girls between the ages of 14 to 17 from at least five countries in sub-Saharan Africa will participate in the three week camp.

The WiSci camp is a part of multiple collaborative interagency efforts: the Let Girls Learn initiative launched by the White House to expand educational opportunities for adolescent girls around the world; the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Response to Gender-based Violence Globally (GBV Strategy) ; and the Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls.  

Eligible applicants may not submit more than one proposal in this competition.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: July 8, 2016
  • Sponsor Deadline: July 25, 2016 (was Jul. 23, 2016)

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applications may be submitted by U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).




Amount Description

A cooperative agreement will be awarded for a period of 12 months. S/GP plans to fund this program incrementally with an initial award of $200,000 followed by a cost amendment to the award to add an additional $100,000 in FY 2016, pending availability of funds.  The proposal should reflect the entire scope of the program and delineate costs that would be initially funded, up to $200,000, and costs that would be funded next fiscal year, up to $100,000.

Funding Type





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

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN) https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDEJKQ2

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/Applicant Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

July 8, 2016

External Deadline

July 25, 2016