Applications deadline April 1, 2022
The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade announces an open competition for individuals and organizations from Serbia or the U.S. to submit applications for the English Language Small Grants Program. Please check for information on other PAS funding opportunities here.
* Note: Proposals will be reviewed and grants issued on a rolling basis, so please do not wait until the deadline to submit your application.
The U.S. Embassy recognizes that knowledge of the English language offers opportunities to improve job prospects for Serbia’s citizens, expand access to information and knowledge, and promote critical thinking and media literacy. Proposals should use English to address problems or challenges faced by your community, such as brain drain, limited job opportunities, or the spread of disinformation. Proposals may also utilize English as a bridge for increased communication and cooperation among neighbors within the Western Balkans, between citizens of Serbia and the United States, or between people from Serbia and EU member states.
Grant activities may take any number of forms, including English language camps, academic competitions, cross-border exchanges, conferences, workshops, courses, exhibits, app development, hackathons, online projects, simulations, role-playing activities, performances, or other activities.
The Embassy seeks applications that use English language to focus specifically on the themes below. We have included ideas about what your project could do, but we welcome creative approaches and activities.
- IMPROVING INSTRUCTION. Strengthen English language teaching at all educational levels (K-12 and university), including through curriculum development, distance learning, new methodologies, new technologies, etc.
- ENGAGING STUDENTS IN ENGLISH (HIGH SCHOOL OR UNIVERSITY LEVEL): Strengthen critical thinking and/or media literacy skills of students through English language activities; prepare students for participation in international academic competitions conducted in English, e.g., Model UN (Model United Nations), moot court, etc.; or explain American society, culture, and values to students through English language activities.
- SUPPORTING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDs).
- Develop and improve English language teaching (either inside or outside the formal educational system) for PWDs and learning difficulties, including through development of curriculum, educational websites and applications, and other educational tools; expanding access to current/innovative trends and methodologies, including those that assist with distance learning.
- Establish or strengthen connections between U.S. and Serbian and/or Serbian and regional (Western Balkan) groups – students, teachers, businesses, civil society organizations – using English as the common language to promote equality of PWDs in all aspects of life.
- IMPROVING JOB PROSPECTS & PROMOTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
- Help citizens of Serbia develop English language skills to find jobs, with a focus on participants or beneficiaries who are economically disadvantaged students and adults, residents of rural communities, persons with disabilities (PWDs), or members of other vulnerable populations.
- Assist cultural and historical sites to attract more English-speaking visitors and thereby promote local tourism and economic development.
- USING ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES (ESP).
- Support entrepreneurship and innovation among high school and university studies, including in STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) through English for Specific Purposes (ESP) programs.
- Provide ESP instruction to individuals (university students, recent graduates, and professionals) in certain professions (including government, civil society, academia), academic fields (including science and technology, business, etc.), or other areas of interest related to U.S. Embassy objectives in order to help them find jobs; communicate and engage with counterparts in other countries; improve the quality of writing to improve the chances their research papers will be published in academic or professional journals; draft well-written grant proposals to seek funding for scientific or academic research projects; etc.
- MAKING PROGRESS TOWARD EU ACCESSION / WESTERN INTEGRATION.
- Improve Serbian officials’ English language skills to communicate with EU counterparts and accelerate Serbia’s progress toward EU membership and western integration.
- Help Serbian civil society organizations engage with EU counterparts to make progress toward EU membership and western integration, including in the areas of human rights protection, media freedom, environmental issues, rule of law, combating corruption, etc.
- Help Serbian journalists strengthen their English language skills to conduct interviews and read primary source materials to cover stories on Serbia’s path toward EU membership and western integration, including in the areas of human rights protection, media freedom, environmental issues, rule of law, combating corruption, etc.
- PROMOTING REGIONAL COOPERATION AND STABILITY.
- Establish or strengthen connections among English language teaching professionals and institutions from countries of the Western Balkans to promote cooperation in strengthening English language instruction within the region.
- Promote mutual understanding, tolerance, and respect among peoples of the Western Balkans – including young people – through English language activities.
- Identify joint approaches to solving problems or challenges facing the Western Balkans using English as the common language.
- Expand and strengthen ties of Serbian professional societies and civil society organizations with their English-speaking counterparts in the Western Balkans, using English as the common language.
- STRENGTHENING U.S.-SERBIAN CONNECTIONS. Inform and educate audiences in Serbia about historical and cultural Serbian-U.S. ties, common attitudes and values, cooperation in different sectors (economic, political, security, health, science), and the intersection of national interests.
For more information, including the detailed instructions for application please read: English Language Programs Notice of Funding Opportunity 2022. All the documents related to this NOFO can be found on the right hand side of this page. Applications, inquiries and all other questions should be sent to BelgradeEL@state.gov