Application Process

The Stevens Initiative runs annual competitions to give grants (also referred to as awards) for educational institutions and non-profit organizations in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa to administer virtual exchange programs between youth in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa.

The Initiative made grants to 10 organizations in 2016 and 12 additional organizations in 2017. These programs expand the Initiative’s reach to over 25,000 students in 18 countries in the Middle East and North Africa and 31 U.S. states. Click here to learn more about programs supported through Stevens Initiative grants.

The Initiative opened the 2018 award competition on August 8th, 2018 to fund virtual exchange programs in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa in order to help young people gain the collaboration, language, problem-solving skills, technical and vocational skills, as well as the familiarity with and empathy for different perspectives, that they need to succeed in today’s economy and society. The competition is open to organizations in the United States as well as the Middle East and North Africa. Interested and qualified parties are invited to submit letters of interest by September 13. The Stevens Initiative will invite full applications from selected organizations.

The Initiative is interested in seeding new models as well as scaling proven models of virtual exchange through proposals focused on technology and computing, world affairs and global studies, business and entrepreneurship, and language learning and practice. Proposals must demonstrate that young people participating in the program will have the opportunity to build practical skills and global competencies through hands-on and collaborative activities.

To apply or learn more about the award competition, go to Detailed information about the grant competition, including application instructions, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to webinar recordings are available on the application website. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Initiative at to address any questions prior to submitting an application.

Application Tips

Click here for a French transcript of the Compliance webinar.