YES Programs



YES Alumni Grants: Proposals Due January 16

Grants Opening Announcement

Proposals for two grant opportunities are now being accepted from eligible alumni of the YES and YES Abroad programs. These grants are funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by American Councils for International Education.

2024 YES Alumni Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 are available to enable alumni to contribute to their communities through projects in areas such as:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • English Language and American Culture
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environment
  • Interfaith Dialogue
  • Media Literacy
  • Public Health
  • Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals

Grant projects may begin after July 1, 2024 and must be completed by February 28, 2025.

YES Alumni Professional Development and Travel Grants

The YES Alumni Professional Development and Travel Grants program offers grants of up to $250 to support YES and YES Abroad alumni participation in professional development opportunities to develop skills and talents they can bring back to their home communities and alumni networks and/or that will further their knowledge in their current career or field of study. Proposals that include a plan for sharing what was learned from the opportunity with fellow alumni or the local community will receive preferential consideration.

Examples of expenses this grant could support:

  • Conference/training fees
  • Online courses
  • Travel to/from a professional development opportunity
  • Overnight accommodation while attending a professional development opportunity
  • Language courses (if directly related to applicant’s career and/or the applicant demonstrates the knowledge gained would lead to strong community impact)

Proposals are being accepted now for the winter cycle of this grants program. Fundable opportunities may begin after the date of proposal submission and must be completed by May 31, 2024. The application for the Spring cycle of the Professional Development and Travel Grants program will be open in April 2024.

Proposals are due January 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Start your proposal submission here:

Questions? Email [email protected].