Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 26, 2011

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has announced the 38 team winners of its new Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) awards.

The AIEF challenge, announced in February 2011, offers the more than one million alumni of United States government-funded exchange programs the opportunity to partner with other alumni and U.S. Embassies on innovative projects. Topics include global issues of democracy and human rights, economic opportunity, women’s empowerment, environmental protection, food security, global health, and outreach to underserved communities.

Alumni around the world submitted nearly 700 project ideas via the State Alumni website, ECA’s Office of Alumni Affairs narrowed the pool to 137 semi-finalists and invited the State Alumni community to vote for their favorite projects. Department of State panels of specialists made the final selections of 38 AEIF awardees.

AEIF awardees represent 32 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Each project involves a team of 10 or more alumni who will have up to 12 months to implement it.

A video message to the winning alumni teams from Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock is online at

A complete list of AEIF winners is online at

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

Media Contact: Catherine Stearns,, phone (202) 632-6437

PRN: 2011/844