100,000 Strong in the Americas

100k Strong in the AmericasThe 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative was created to increase educational exchanges in the Western Hemisphere and strengthen U.S. relations with the countries of the Americas through student mobility. The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas is to ensure that we are preparing youth throughout the Western Hemisphere with the cross-cultural skills necessary in the 21st century economy and a generation of leaders who can reach across borders.

To accomplish this goal, the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA launched the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund to mobilize resources and distribute challenge grants to colleges and universities to exponentially grow study abroad. We believe students are key to this connected future. Only by studying, learning, and working together can we take advantage of the growing opportunities in our Hemisphere and prosper together.

NAFSA has been involved with the 100,000 Strong in the Americas program from its initial planning phases through the most recent awarding of innovation grants. We remain committed to working with Congress and the Administration in the ongoing promotion and success of educational exchange programs in the Hemisphere.

Current Competitions


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The Mary Street Jenkins Foundation Innovation Competition – This competition is open to all higher education institutions in the United States and Mexico. Partnering institutions must propose an academic exchange and/or training course or program for students in the fields of Social Sciences and the Humanities. Special consideration will be given to proposals that focus on Archaeology, Anthropology, or Education, and to exchange programs that include and will benefit economically-disadvantaged and/or racial/ethnic minority student populations. The deadline for submitting a proposal is January 31, 2019 by 11:59 p.m., EST.

The Brazil-U.S. Competition for Innovation & Technological Development – This competition is open to all higher education institutions in the United States, SENAI Innovation Institutes, and Educational institutions in Brazil. Partnering institutions must propose an academic exchange and/or training course or program for students in the fields of Information Communications & Technology (ICT), Engineering Technology, and Bio-economics, with a focus on the specific sub-areas listed in the request for proposal (RFP). Special consideration will be given to proposals that include programming that incorporate entrepreneurship skills and training and/or to promote women in science careers. The deadline for submitting a proposal is February 15, 2019 by 11:59 p.m., EST.

Latest Grant Recipients

Innovation Fund Grant – Sponsored by Santander Bank

  • Cabrini University with Universidad del Salvador
  • Universidad Católica de Salta with Saint Peter’s University
  • Monroe Community College, SUNY with Fundacion UniversitariaTecnologico Comfenalco
  • Sacred Heart University with Universidad Rafael Landivar
  • Universidad del Valle de Guatemala with Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Wilfrid Laurier University with Syracuse University, Cornell University, and University at Buffalo-SUNY
  • Widener University with Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University with CETYS Universidad
  • Rochester Institute of Technology with Universidad del Pacifico

Argentina-U.S. Workforce Development – Sponsored by Chevron

  • Forsyth Technical Community College with Universidad Nacional de Villa María, Davidson County Community College, and Guilford Technical Community College.
  • University of Texas with Universidad Nacional de Rosario
  • West Virginia University with Universidad Nacional del Comahue
  • University of Texas – Valle del Río Grande with Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales
  • Fox Valley Technical College with Universidad de Buenos Airess
  • Auburn University with Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata
  • Universidad Nacional de San Martín with Northwestern University
  • Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata with University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • Universidad Católica de Argentina with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • The University of New Mexico with Universidad Nacional de la Plata

View recipients of 100,000 Strong Americas grants from previous rounds.

Insight on Winning Proposals

Gain insight on how to develop a winning proposal with lessons from past grant recipients.

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The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund holds open competitions for higher education institutions of all types and sizes to compete for grants. Join the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Network to be notified of all upcoming grant opportunities.

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Special Announcement

NAFSA honors retiring CEO, Marlene M. Johnson, with a $250,000 grant funding of 100,000 Strong in the Americas. The winners were announced during an event at the 2017 NAFSA Conference and Expo in Los Angeles, California.

Read more in the NAFSA press release.

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