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Welcome to the Stevens Initiative Applications Portal. 

This site hosts many different applications including federal award competitions, alumni small grants, and organization assessments. Please read the descriptions of the different applications (programs) carefully and select the correct opportunity below.  

The Stevens Initiative was created by the J. Christopher Stevens Fund and is an international effort to expand access to virtual exchange to build global competence and mutual understanding between young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa. The Initiative is a lasting tribute to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, a public servant who dedicated himself to building understanding between people from different countries. The Initiative is managed by the Aspen Institute through a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (www.exchanges.state.gov) with additional funding from the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Stevens Initiative at stevensinitiative@aspeninstitute.org to address any questions or request support during the application process. 


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