IIP Individual Grants

As authorized by the Smith-Mundt Act, the Bureau of International Information Programs U.S.

Speaker and Specialist Program awards short-term grants to U.S.

experts to present lectures, serve as consultants, or conduct workshops and seminars for professional audiences.

Grantees represent
most disciplines, except English language teaching, and interact with a variety of overseas professional audiences.

Grantees do not teach undergraduate classes or conduct research.

The program applies the intellectual and creative competence of those U.S.

citizens to public diplomacy issues identified by U.S.

missions abroad through the mission performance plan process.

Grantees travel to one or more foreign countries, or participate in an electronic audio or video conference.

Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Individual Recipient $ 4,939   2019-09-152023-03-31
Individual Recipient $ 2,710   2019-09-202022-12-31
Individual Recipient $ 3,765   2019-10-312022-12-31
Individual Recipient $ 966   2019-08-222022-12-31
Individual Recipient $ 2,692   2021-10-012022-12-04
Individual Recipient $ 9,940   2021-10-012022-09-30
Individual Recipient $ 1,680   2019-11-302022-09-30
Individual Recipient $ 1,800   2022-06-232022-08-31
Individual Recipient $ 7,500   2022-06-292022-07-15
Miscellaneous Foreign Awardees $ 8,000   2021-11-272022-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are only available to U. S. citizens.

Grants are used to provide funding for round trip international airfare, honorarium, per diem and other minor allowances.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility



Credentials of U.S. experts must be presented and reviewed by staff to determine suitability for programs. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Final grant awards are determined by IIP staff in concert with participating U.S. embassies.


Not Applicable.


The US Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, also called the Smith-Mundt Act, Public Law 80-402.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

No time restriction. Aside from honorarium payment, all other grant funds are to be spent on actual trip. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements



embassies are required to submit program reports in the Mission Activity Tracker.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.


Embassies are required to submit evaluation reports for all U.S.

Speaker and Specialist programs.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. The Recipient must comply with the OMB audit requirements. For all DOS awards, regardless of business type, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in OMB audit requirements. In addition, the Recipients are subject to the audit requirements found in the Single Audit Act of 1984, 31 U.S.C. 7501-7507. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards (http://fa.statebuy.state.gov ) for additional guidance.


The Recipients must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award. Please refer to the Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions for Domestic Financial Assistance Awards (http://fa.statebuy.state.gov ) for additional guidance.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (including individual awards)) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 est $3,500,000; and FY 18 est $4,500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

see individual solicitation in www.grants.gov.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program guidelines and policies are outlined in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual, Section 10 FAM 350.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

ESTELLE M BAIRD 2200 C STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, District of Columbia 20037 Email: BAIRDEM@STATE.GOV Phone: 2026329204

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Grant awards are made based on the professional qualifications of the individual U.S. experts.

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