Two Mongolian Alumni Projects Won 2021 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund Grants

Congratulations to the 2021 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) winners from Mongolia: Future Energy Leaders – Mongolia 2021 led by the Leaders Advancing Democracy Program; and the Empowering Young Women in STEM project led by Fulbright and Global UGRAD alumni.
The U.S. Department of State’s AEIF competition supports exchange alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. Since its inception in 2011, AEIF has funded nearly 500 alumni-led projects each with funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,00 all around the world.
This year, the U.S. Department of State held its 11th annual AEIF competition, and out of hundreds of exchange alumni teams, 61 winning teams from 57 countries received funding for their projects.  The topics of the winning projects include:

  • Resources and Education to Improve Global Health, Especially Pertaining to Public Infrastructure and Young Women’s Health in Schools
  • Assistance for Refugees of Political and Sexual Violence Through Medical and Social Intervention
  • Climate and STEM Education to Promote Environmental Sustainability and Youth Employment
  • Gender Equality and Supporting Women’s Political, Economic, and Civic Participation
The winning projects from Mongolia will support the development of democratic institutions by encouraging the leadership capacity of youth entrepreneurs and female STEM professionals. These workshops will focus on gender equality, effective communication, and leadership management.

To learn more about the AEIF and the winners, visit