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Empowering IRIS alumni...

Application Information

2018 Applications will be available to IRIS alumni after January 1, 2018.

Alumni Global Grant

IRIS is pleased to release the IRIS Alumni Global Grant Application (2017). These grants are the result of many IRIS fundraisers and our generous donors. The grants are available to past participants of any IRIS program to enable them to contribute to the social, economic and civic development of their countries. The 2017 IRIS Alumni Global Grant Program is intended to give alumni the opportunity to initiate projects of their own design in their home countries, including:

• Community service projects

• Projects to promote civic participation

• Professional development activities for community residents

• Projects to support and promote the skills gained through the IRIS program in which the alumni participated

Please note that these grants are not intended to fund purchases of computer equipment, alumni salaries, and political activities working for or against a specific candidate or party.

Alumni Global Scholarship

The IRIS Global Scholarship is intended to assist IRIS alumni in continuing their educational pursuits by offering scholarships to attend training workshops or pursue other educational endeavors in their own country.


Scholarships are open to any IRIS program alumni and are not limited to any program, program year or age range. Applicants must have returned to their home country, and the educational opportunity must occur in their home country. Applicants are limited to one application per year. Scholarships of $200 – $2,000 per alum, per year, will be based on current community involvement, benefit to the applicant, benefit to their community and country, supplemental sources of funding and financial need. Application requests can be made for continuing years of education, but continued funding will be dependent on successful completion of each educational term. A separate application must be made for each term.


IRIS has been able to award just over $36,000 to grant and scholarship recipients since 2014.

IRIS has provided more than $20,000 in educational scholarships to recipients in Nigeria, Tanzania, Ukraine, Turkey, Pakistan, Philippines, Bulgaria, Indonesia, and South Africa.


IRIS has awarded $16,505 in grants for alumni-lead workshops in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Tanzania, Georgia, Indonesia, and Nigeria.


Since 2013, IRIS's supporters have raised over $50,000 for the Global Grants and Scholarships.


IRIS's 2017 goal is to raise $20,000 for the 2018 Global Grants & Scholarships!


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IRIS's Alumni Global Grants and Scholarships are 100% sponsored by donations and charitable giving.

Global Grant

Global Grants are available to past participants of any IRIS program (youth or adult programs) to enable them to contribute to the social, economic, and civic development of their countries. IRIS alumni may apply for this grant as an individual or a group.

Global Scholarship

The scholarships are intended to assist IRIS alumni to continue their educational pursuits by offering funding to attend training workshops and continue their secondary, university, or other educational endeavors in their own country.

Award Amounts & Deadline

Award amounts are set at $200 to $2,000 (USD). The deadline for applications is 13 May, 2016.


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