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U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The mission of the U.S. Department of State (DOS) is to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere. Youth issues are pursued throughout several departments and offices, including the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Policy, Planning, and Resources Office, and initiatives through the departments focus on Youth and Education.

Funding Opportunities

DOS funding opportunities
For the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration's most recent breakdown of funding in support of humanitarian activities, see our Summary of Major Activities. The majority of this funding was programmed through international organizations and, to a lesser extent, non-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funding opportunities
ECA awards grants and cooperative agreements to non-profit organizations to support academic, cultural, and professional exchange programs to promote mutual understanding.

Selected Programs and Initiatives

  • Global Youth Issues is a concentration of the Policy, Planning, and Resources Office that focuses on helping to better engage young people internationally to help solve the pressing challenges of today while also building greater global connectivity and networks to shape the worldview of tomorrow.
  • The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs aims to build friendly, peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships. Some of the youth-focused initiatives include exchange programs, youth programs, and EducationUSA.
  • The Fulbright Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad.