Ngwang Choephel Fellows Program

The Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs invites proposal submissions for the FY 2014 Ngwang Choephel Fellows Program. The Ngwang Choephel Fellows Program promotes activities that preserve cultural traditions, enhance sustainable development, expand economic opportunities, and support environmental conservation within Tibetan communities in China. ECA anticipates making two awards, each for approximately $265,000 to support program and administrative costs required to implement this exchange program. Public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501c3 may submit proposals for the Ngwang Choephel Fellows Program.

Focusing on the theme of Economic Empowerment, the FY2014 Ngwang Choephel Fellows Program offers Tibetans living in the Tibet Autonomous Region or other Tibetan areas of China opportunities

to enhance their professional business and managerial skills, generate new business ventures, and
provide increased employment opportunities within their communities. The Economic Empowerment
theme will focus on owners of small and/or family businesses, business professionals, social entrepreneurs,
community leaders, and educators interested in the practical application of business and management theory.

Proposals should provide participants opportunities to learn best practices in creating, managing, and growing successful small businesses, incorporating technology into their business strategy, and utilizing economic tools to enhance their immediate communities.

Proposals should focus on conditions that allow for and promote economic growth and increased participation in the global economy as well as promote sustainable and inclusive community economic

Proposed projects must be two - way exchanges involving both U.S. and foreign participants and should take place over a two - year period. Economic Empowerment proposals could, for example, include economic activity related to cultural preservation, eco-tourism, traditional medicine, or community-based training programs
Special attention should be paid to concrete outcomes such as job creation, market readiness, small business growth, enhanced professional skills, etc.

Proposals should incorporate alternate plans into their narrative in anticipation of any difficulties related to participant travel to or from the Tibetan Autonomous Region or the Tibetan areas of China. and Funding Opp# (ECA-ECAPEC-14-037)
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