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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Promoting Study Abroad in Aeronautics, Agroindustry, Automotive Industry, Energy, and Information and Communications Technology (Round 14) – This competition is open to all U.S. higher education institutions to partner with the institutes of the Tecnológico Nacional de México. Proposals should focus on aeronautics, agroindustry, automotive industry, energy, and information and communications technology, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation. The deadline for submitting a proposal is May 31, 2017 by 11:59 p.m., EST. This round is sponsored by the Televisa Foundation.

Peru-U.S. Innovation Competition (Round 17) – This competition is open to all U.S. and Peruvian higher education institutions, including vocational and technical colleges. Proposals should focus on Environmental Science, Climate Change, Water, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, with an emphasis on programs that increase opportunities for marginalized students. The deadline for submitting a proposal is August 31, 2017 by 11:59 p.m., EST. This round is sponsored by Sempra Energy and the CAF: Development Bank of Latin America.

Latest Grant Recipients

Promoting Study Abroad in Engineering, Physics, Geology, and Geophysics (Round 12) Sponsored by ExxonMobil Corporation

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Northampton Community College
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Universidade Estadual Paulista, Guaritinguetá
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Wyoming

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

Insight on Winning Proposals

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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. Grant winners will be announced shortly.

Read more in the NAFSA press release.

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