American Schools and Hospitals Abroad

As authorized in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, USAID’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program provides assistance to schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States that serve as study and demonstration centers for American ideas and practices. ASHA’s grants help these institutions train future leaders in a wide variety of disciplines, support local and regional infrastructure to foster development, and cultivate positive relationships and mutual understanding among citizens of the United States and other nations.

Since its inception in 1947, ASHA has assisted more than 272 institutions in over 79 countries. ASHA currently manages a worldwide portfolio of nearly 130 awards, making 30-40 new awards each year. These awards support construction, renovation, and the procurement of scientific, medical, and educational equipment. As the use of ASHA funds is strictly limited, benefiting overseas institutions complement ASHA investments with support from additional sources. This allows ASHA to engage in sustainable partnerships that build capacity and catalyze innovation.

ASHA directly contributes to U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy objectives by fostering democracy, tolerance, and innovation. The networks of educational and medical institutions supported by ASHA offer opportunities to access quality education and health services in areas of the world where often few or none exist. ASHA’s partners have educated successive generations of global citizens, deepening their understanding of American values and their commitment to democracy and critical thinking.



USAID/ASHA Announces FY 2014 Awards

USAID/ASHA announced on December 22, 2014, 34 new awards to U.S. organizations to support construction projects and the purchase of equipment for overseas institutions. The projects, spanning 24 countries and totaling approximately $23 million, are funded through a competitive annual grant and directly support schools, libraries and medical centers outside the United States that share universal values, such as empowering women and inclusive societies, as well as promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, while advancing best practices in healthcare and education. A complete list of award recipients is available here


The 2015 Annual Program Statement (APS) Is Open

The USAID/ASHA Annual Program Statement (APS) for FY 2015 is now open on and accepting applications for its program to assist schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States serving as study and demonstration centers for ideas and practices of the United States. Click here to view the document.

Questions about this APS should be sent via email to Questions that pertain to issues that may be relevant to all applicants will be answered publicly via amendments to this solicitation's posting on at least twice before the closing of this opportunity.

The deadline to submit a funding application is 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 24, 2015. Please see the full solicitation for further information on how to submit an application.


Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad: 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

The new, five-year strategy lays out a plan for ASHA to continue serving its legislative mandate and the USAID mission effectively -- promoting sustainable partnerships, sharing the expertise of the United States to enhance the quality of health and education worldwide, and helping build dynamic civil society institutions abroad.

This document has been developed collaboratively, drawing on the input of peer offices within USAID, implementing partners, and legislators. Continued feedback from all of ASHA's stakeholders are welcome as ASHA serves the American people by supporting the demonstration of the ideas and practices of the United States.

The Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad: 2014-2018 Strategic Plan can be found here.


2014 ASHA Annual Conference Materials 

Thank you to all who participated in the 2014 ASHA Annual Conference.  We are delighted to have had the opportunity to host this third annual conference,  which has continued to grow and help expose individuals to diverse ideas and practices. Materials from the Annual Conference have been made publicly available and are accessible here.


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Last updated: December 29, 2014

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