Learn More about U.S. Cabo Verde University Partnership (USCVUP) Initiative

The U.S. Embassy Praia is proud to announce as part of our U.S. Cabo Verde University Partnership (USCVUP) Initiative a new open grant competition that allows U.S. and Cabo Verdean organizations to submit proposals for programs focused on strengthening existing ties and fostering new collaboration between U.S. and Cabo Verdean higher education institutions.


NOTE: Embassy Praia will host a Zoom call on Friday, July 31 at 11:00 ET/14H Cabo Verde for those universities or other eligible institutions to answer questions related to the grant application process. Please email PraiaGrants@state.gov to receive at invitation to this event. 


Embassy Praia’s USCVUP grant competition, crafted based on Department of State’s priority of creating alliances between U.S. and African universities, aims to promote U.S.-Cabo Verdean faculty and student exchanges, encourage joint research, and provide transferable skills in university administration.

Areas of interest include creative industries, entrepreneurism, and STEM fields — specifically agriculture, hydrology, oceanography, ICT, aviation, meteorology, medicine, and public health. Other academic topics of interest include hospitality, tourism, ecotourism, and English for Specific Purposes. This competition also seeks to increase capacity of university partners in the United States and Cabo Verde to facilitate virtual exchanges and collaboration in order to address institutional impacts caused by travel restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic.

We strongly encourage both U.S. and Cabo Verdean universities and NGOs with connections to higher education institutions to apply to this USCVUP grant competition. Please visit the Embassy website or grants.gov for more information and carefully follow all instructions to apply.

Applications will only be accepted electronically at PraiaGrants@state.gov.  The deadline for applications is Friday, August 7.