Grant Opportunity (NOFO: PD-SEOUL-FY21-03)

Funding Opportunity Title: American Instructors for English Lounge Series Program at the American Spaces Korea (seven American Spaces)

Funding Opportunity Number: PD-SEOUL-FY21-03
Deadline for Applications: August 6, 2021, 11:59 p.m. GMT+9
Assistance Listing Number: 19.441
Total Amount Available: $48,750
– For American Center Korea (Seoul): $3,750
– For six American Corners (Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Pyeongtaek, Gangreung, and Jeju): $7,500 * 6 individual grantees = $45,000

The U.S. Embassy Seoul of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for individuals to submit applications to plan and carry out an English Lounge Series program at American Spaces in Korea. Please follow all instructions below.

Priority Region: Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Pyeongtaek, Gangneung, and Jeju

Please be sure to indicate which region you are applying for by prefacing the application title with one of the codes below and carefully follow the instructions in this document.

Location, American Space Name (Code)

  1. Seoul, American Center Korea (SeoulACK)
  2. Busan, Busan American Corner (BusanAC)
  3. Daegu, Daegu American Corner (DaeguAC)
  4. Gwangju, Gwangju American Corner (GwangjuAC)
  5. Pyeongtaek, Pyeongtaek American Corner (PyeongataekAC)
  6. Gangneung, Gangneung American Corner (GangneungAC)
  7. Jeju, Jeju American Corner (JejuAC)

Program Objectives:

The American Spaces Korea network serves as the main program platform at the U.S. Embassy Seoul. Currently there are seven American Spaces – one American Center Korea (located in the Embassy Annex in Seoul) and six American Corners in Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Pyeongtaek, Gangneung, and Jeju.  One of the key programs at American Spaces is the English language program, which is delivered through a program series called English Lounge.

The English Lounge Series is a programming vehicle for the Embassy to foster communication with emerging voices both in and outside of Seoul. The goal of the program is for Koreans to gain a better understanding of U.S. policy, culture, and society while practicing their English. The topic of each program session will be drawn from PD priorities as identified in the section-wide strategic planning process. English Lounge grantees will conduct sessions monthly at the American Center Korea and bi-weekly at the six American Corners from October 2021 to September 2022 for a year. There will be a total of 24 sessions at each of the six American Corners and 12 sessions at the American Center Korea.

Participants and Audiences:

Korean youth and young professionals (18-35 years of age) who are interested in learning about U.S. culture, English, and studying in the U.S. including but limited to undergraduate students, graduate students, English debate club students, English teachers, student journalists, civil society activists, entrepreneurs, and State Department exchange program alumni.

Proposals must be submitted by email to  (with email subject line: English Lounge Application)

Note:  We do not provide any pre-consultation for application related questions that are addressed in the announcement. Once an application has been submitted, State Department officials and staff — both in the Department and at embassies overseas — may not discuss this competition with applicants until the entire proposal review process is completed.