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 later in 2021, new deadlines will be announced.  

Call for virtual exchanges - in lieu of travel Partners requests proposals that apply technology to engage people to people and/or link higher education institutions, including faculty and administrators.  Additional priority areas: women and youth empowerment and leadership, capacity building for study abroad programs, performing and visual arts education, wellness campaigns, civics education.  Send your innovative and creative ideas to: Carmen Sepassi -  - subject line - virtual exchange.  Match your chapter and country priorities across the hemisphere online.  Partners promotes a policy of diversity, equity and inclusion.  

All applicants that are not existing members of a Partners of the Americas chapter should register with their local chapter first through our website.   Members of Chapters, Affiliates, Higher Education Institutions, other NGOs are eligible to apply. . 


* Please note: You will be re-directed to another website, managed by Partners when new dates are posted.

  • 46 travel grants awarded in 2019 - 2020 (first quarter). Travel after March 2020 to the present suspended. 


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.