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 250 institutions in over 70 countries. ASHA currently manages a worldwide portfolio of over 100 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.



Attention Potential Grant Applicants

ASHA is now accepting applications for its FY 2014 Annual Program Statement. Visit for more information and the full solicitation. This APS will close on May 5, 2013.

ASHA Strategy Development Stakeholder Consultations 

In late 2013, ASHA began the process of developing a new office strategy. This strategy will help the office better measure its impact, focus its resources, and communicate its priorities and processes to all stakeholders. On Dec. 16th and 17th, 2013, we invited all of our current partners to participate in informing this new strategy. We would like to thank all those who attended for their engagement and participation. 
Background information and meeting minutes are available upon request. ASHA welcomes further feedback as it progresses towards a collaborative and transparent strategy. Please contact Brian Cognato at with any comments, questions or feedback. 

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Last updated: March 07, 2014

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