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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Santander Competition for Innovations in Study Abroad Partnerships and Collaboration – This competition is open to all U.S. colleges and universities in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island to partner with any higher education institution in Latin America, the Caribbean, or Canada. The proposals should focus on institutional innovations in study abroad in any field of study. The deadline for submitting a proposal is January 15, 2018 by 11:59 p.m., EST.

U.S.-Argentina Focused Grant Competition – This competition is open only to higher education institutions in the U.S and Argentina that promote study abroad and training opportunities in the field of Economic Development and STEM, with a special emphasis on Energy, Geosciences, or Natural Resources Management. The deadline for submitting a proposal is March 15, 2018 by 11:59 p.m., EDT.

Latest Grant Recipients

Promoting Study Abroad Between Mexico and the U.S. – Sponsored by the Fundación Televisa

  • Farmingdale State College, SUNY with Instituto Tecnológico Zacatepec Cuba
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Chihuahua II with Mississippi State University
  • Instituto Tecnológico de La Laguna with Monroe Community College, SUNY, Instituto
  • Tecnológicode Carrillo Puerto, and Instituto Tecnológico de Durango
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Mexicali with San Diego State University
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana with the University of California, San Diego
  • Pima County Community College District with Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo
  • University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley with Instituto Tecnológico de Matamoros
  • University of Texas- El Pasa with Instituto Tecnológico de Campeche, Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosilla, and Instituto Tecnológico de Tlalpan

MetLife Foundation Study Abroad Innovation Competition – Sponsored by MetLife Foundation

  • Colorado State University- Pueblo and Colorado State University- Fort Collins with Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur
  • Davidson Community College, Forsyth Tech Community College, and Guilford Tech Community College with Universidad Nacional de Villa Maria, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Fashion Institute of Technology with Instituto Profesional Duoc UC, Santiago, Chile
  • Instituto Universitario de Ciencias de la Salud Fundación H.A. Barceló, Buenos Aires
  • Argentina with Stony Brook University School of Medicine- SUNY Northeast Wisconsin Technical College with Universidad Politécnica de Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • University of Central Arkansas with Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • University of Denver with Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile
  • Wayne State University with Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia

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. 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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