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The University Support Grants Program 2023/24

Kosovo United States Alumni (KUSA) is delighted to officially announce an open competition for the U.S. Embassy University Support Grants Program. KUSA will provide a range of small grants, with a maximum award of $50,000.00, to facilitate the efforts of higher education institutions in addressing societal and economic development challenges through research, development, and extension services. 

 

This program offers an exceptional chance for higher education institutions to play an active role in advancing Kosovo’s development and prosperity through involvement in projects that drive positive transformation. We strongly urge potential applicants to thoroughly examine the comprehensive guidelines provided below, ensuring that the project proposals are of high quality and directly align with the program’s objectives

 

Deadline for submission of application

November 5, 2023 until midnight

The University Grant Program will be dedicated to projects that focus on the following objectives:

Objective 1: Support higher education institutions’ (HEIs) initiatives to align their teaching curricula with current labor market needs.

The objective of supporting HEIs’ initiatives to align their teaching curricula with current labor market needs aims to ensure that students are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the modern economy and find employment in Kosovo.

 

Objective 2: Support activities linked to establishing or functionalizing academic HEI’s research and development (R&D) centers.

The objective of supporting activities linked to establishing or functionalizing academic HEI’s research and development (R&D) centers aims to provide HEIs with the necessary resources and support to establish or improve R&D centers. As a result, HEIs are enabled to perform and advance research and train the next generation of experts across fields.

 

Objective 3: Support HEIs to engage alumni and support alumni networks and activities

The objective of supporting alumni engagement within HEIs aims to create a network of alumni who can help current students access job opportunities, build business connections, engage in post-graduate activities with peers, and pursue give-back opportunities.

 

This may involve strengthening existing alumni networks, promoting alumni engagement with current students through mentorship programs and internship initiatives, and facilitating networking events and other opportunities for alumni to connect and share knowledge.The goal of this objective is to engage alumni to enrich higher education opportunities for current students and to link industry with higher education to provide students with practical experience that meets current labor market needs. Involvement of U.S. Government exchange program alumni in these activities is encouraged.

 

To be eligible for consideration for the University Support Grant Program, applicants must meet the following respective criteria:

The University Grant Program does NOT fund projects such as following:

How to apply?

All applications must be submitted by email on or before November 5th, 2023, at info@kusalumni.org with the subject line “USGP23/24 “Project Title” – Name of University/Organization”. Applications submitted after that time will be ineligible for consideration. There will be no exceptions to this application deadline.