Travel Grants

Travel is powerful: It shatters prejudices and opens individuals up to new cultures, ideas and ways of thinking. Travel is often a means to connect the right people and ideas necessary to enact social change. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Each year, we award approximately 50–75 travel grants through our Education and Culture program to chartered Partners chapters. The grants fund international travel for qualified adult professionals to visit another Partners chapter and work together on areas of mutual interest. In accordance with U.S. Department of State priority areas, we prioritize funding travel grants activities that:

  • People-to-people exchange and building mutual understanding between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Projects that involve youth and marginalized groups
  • Strengthening the capacity of English teachers and English teaching institutions abroad
  • Expanding alumni networks

Funds are available for activities outside these priority areas, but in limited quantities. Travel grants fund trips that include a minimum of 10 days of professional activities. Travel grants are no longer on a first come first-served basis.

Updated:  The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State has suspended travel to and from countries with a CDC travel alert Level 2 or higher to protect the health, safety and well being of participants in exchange programs, their families and hosts.  Assuming conditions change and travel resumes in May and June 2021, the new deadline for receipt of travel grant applications for travel and teacher in residence is: January 31, 2021.  Travel dates must be 90 days after the application deadline. 

All applicants that are not existing members of a Partners of the Americas chapter should register with their local chapter first through our website before completing the travel grant application. 


* Please note: You will be re-directed to another website, managed by Partners.

  • 46 travel grants awarded in 2019


The Education and Culture program is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Partners of the Americas in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.