IVLP Impact Awards Application Process

Program Overview

The IVLP Impact Awards offers capacity-building and networking opportunities to enhance Awardees' leadership and project management skills for implementation in their IVLP Impact Award projects and beyond. IVLP Impact Award recipients receive personalized guidance throughout their project implementation and reporting. The initiative provides Awardees an opportunity to showcase their projects and amplify their impact through platforms like the IVLP Impact Award Alumni Discussion Series, Meridian’s blog, The Lead and featured social media posts. 

IVLP Impact Awards projects could address a range of topics in the IVLP alumni's countries and communities, with past examples including but not limited to: advancing climate solutions; arts and culture; countering disinformation; countering violent extremism; cybersecurity; democratic governance; diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion; education; employment training; entrepreneurship; health; human rights and social issues; immigration; interfaith dialogue; library and informational management; media and journalism; peace and reconciliation; refugee and migrant support; science and technology; social media; sports and recreation; combating trafficking; volunteerism; women’s issues; youth development and leadership; and others. See more past project examples here

Candidates must submit proposals as individuals. This is a competitive process. The U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center will review, evaluate, and select projects. Project proposals may request funding of up to $5,000 U.S. Dollars (USD). 

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2024 Application Information

The 2024 IVLP Impact Awards application is now closed. Thanks to the many wonderful IVLP Alumni who submitted applications for the 2024 IVLP Impact Awards Initiative! Our team is currently reviewing your applications and will contact you directly once we have an update on your application status.

To learn more and view past IIA project profiles, please visit the Impact Awards Webpage or email us at IVLPImpactAwards@meridian.org 

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Interested in hearing from 2023 IVLP Impact Awardees? Check out the recording and summary of the virtual webinar panel featured recent successful Awardees and hear directly about their experiences. The Awardees shared their community impacts, inspirations, and achievements with the IVLP Impact Award over the past year.

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About IVLP

Each year nearly 5,000 exchange participants come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 500 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.

Launched in 1940, the IVLP helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States. The majority of IVLP exchanges include visits to four U.S. communities over three weeks, although projects vary based on themes, Embassy requests and other factors. Participants meet with professional counterparts, visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to the project theme and participate in cultural and social activities.

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