Sustainable U.S.-Palestinian Higher Education Partnerships

The Public Diplomacy Section (PD) of the U. S. Office of Palestinian Affairs (U. S. OPA) announces an open competition for a grant through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

The Sustainable U.S.-Palestinian Higher Education Partnerships is designed to partner with U. S. Higher Education

Institutions (HEIs), U. S. Not-for-Profit Organizations, and Palestinian to implement activities which advance the applicant’s goals and the U. S. OPA-PD mission:
to advance a comprehensive and lasting peace through a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the development of a vibrant, representative, and responsive Palestinian civil society, private sector, and governing institutions through substantive engagement with American people, institutions, ideas and ideals in order to improve American-Palestinian relations and create greater opportunities for mutually beneficial partnership and cooperation.

Priority Region:
Jerusalem, West Bank, and/or Gaza Program Objectives:
All proposed projects must aim to advance the OPA-PD mission goals stated above, a partnership between American and Palestinian institutions, and achieve at least one of the following specific objectives:
1. Internationalization:
Supports Palestinian universities’ global and regional integration and prepares students to become globally-empowered citizens.

2. Relationships:
Reinvigorates or builds upon existing partnerships or brings a new U. S. university or education sector partner to the Palestinian higher education landscape.

The partnership agreement should delineate a well-defined purpose and objectives that align with the objectives of the respective institutions.

Given the unique conditions of the global pandemic, it is not required that such partnership agreement be finalized at the time of proposal submission but a letter of intent from each institution to complete such an agreement should be included if a full agreement is not.

3. Sustainability:
The proposal should clearly demonstrate how both institutions will successfully sustain the relationship after the end of the U. S. government-funded award and how this partnership will be embedded within the institutional framework of bothorganizations.Successful proposals should incorporate the following elements:
1. The proposal should establish a partnership and joint activities that support thedevelopment of a substantive and long-term linkage between the cooperating U. S. andPalestinian educational institutions to encourage collaboration; engagement at theadministrative and faculty level (and student-level as appropriate); and the sharing ofknowledge and expertise.

2. The proposal should explain the importance of the area of collaboration for both highereducation institutions and how it aligns with their priorities; provide details about theproposed internationalization model and how it will operate; and clearly show how theexpected results will help the partnering organizations achieve their objectives.

3. The proposal should contain clearly stated, measurable goals and objectives, and specificindicators of success along with a plan for measuring those indicators to evaluate theproject’s success in achieving its goals and objectives.

Use of Specific, Measurable,Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound objectives (SMART) is recommended.

4. While there are no requirements about specific subject matter/fields of collaboration, theOPA hopes to fund a partnership with this award that is not purely focused on Englishlanguage capacity building, since the U. S. government has many other resourcessupporting this field.

We understand and expect that English language will be a criticaland necessary element of most partnership proposals, yet the goal of this call forproposals is to expand to other subjects and fields.
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U.S. Department of State

Agency: Department of State

Office: U.S. Mission to Jerusalem

Estimated Funding: $100,000

Who's Eligible

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Additional Information of Eligibility:
Eligible primary applicants for grant funding must be U. S. Not-For-Profit Higher Education Institutions, U. S. Not-For Profit Organizations that develop and manage higher education programs and/or Palestinian Not-For-Profit Universities.

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