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GRANT OPPORTUNITY (PD-SEOUL-FY23-02-ADH(Updated): Young Women’s Leadership Program)
May 10, 2023

Funding Opportunity Title:  Young Women’s Leadership Program
Funding Opportunity Number:  PD-SEOUL-FY23-02-ADH (Updated)
Deadline for Applications: July 17, 2023, 11:59 p.m. GMT+9
CFDA Number:  19.441 ECA – American Spaces
Total Amount Available: $45,000 

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

The U.S. Embassy Seoul Public Diplomacy Section (PD) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available for a women’s leadership program focused on supporting young women living in areas outside of Seoul.

The Republic of Korea (ROK) is now one of the world’s most influential countries following decades of impressive economic growth, technological innovation, cultural exports, and public sector initiatives. As like-minded democracies, both the ROK and the U.S. have a strong responsibility to make sure economic and social opportunities are open to all citizens, especially women.  

To support women’s economic opportunity, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul’s Public Diplomacy Section will create a leadership and mentorship cohort of at least twenty South Korean women between the ages of 25-35 who represent diverse sectors of the economy and have shown the potential to grow as leaders in their respective fields. Through this program, participants will learn from American and Korean experts, and broaden their professional network. 

The U.S. Embassy seeks proposals from ROK-based organizations to run this inaugural program, focused on recruiting members, planning and implementing events, and building a strong support network that connects Korean and American women leaders. Strong preference will be given to proposals that include participants from outside of the Seoul metropolitan region and utilize our American Corner network (located in Pyeongtaek, Gangneung, Busan, Gwangju and Jeju) in addition to the American Diplomacy House in Seoul.


This program should focus on developing women’s leadership skills, expanding their global mindset, and broadening their professional networking opportunities alongside other emerging women leaders.


U.S. Embassy Seoul and the grantee will be jointly responsible for vetting and selecting program participants. The U.S. government retains final approval authority for all participants, who will apply via a standardized application form. Participants should be between the ages of 25-35, able to communicate in English, in their early careers, and demonstrate their potential to grow as leaders in their professions.

Grantee Expectations  

The following components should be included in the program:    

  • Minimum of 7 coaching and/or discussion sessions (either in-person or virtual)  
  • Minimum of 2 interactive workshops on leadership  
  • Minimum of 1 networking opportunities 

Coaching Sessions
The grantee will be responsible for organizing and implementing a series of virtual or hybrid engagements with U.S. and/or Korean experts who can empower and provide coaching sessions to this group of selected participants. This virtual engagement should provide opportunities for participants to share their challenges, develop their leadership skills through professional coaching, and provide guidance on their career paths. 

In-Person Leadership Workshop  
The leadership program will also host at least 2 leadership workshops at the American Diplomacy House Seoul (or another location of choice), featuring guest experts, opportunities for candid conversations about workplace challenges, and advice for advancing one’s career. As part of the workshop, Embassy Seoul will arrange engagements with senior women government leaders.  

Networking Opportunities  
The grantee will be responsible for organizing a networking event where the cohort can engage one another in person and meet other leaders across various fields. 


For more information, please refer to the NOFO document, and email us at SeoulPDGrants@state.gov for any questions.