Notice of Funding Opportunity: 2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund

U.S. Department of State U.S. Embassy Podgorica Notice of Funding Opportunity The Embassy of the United States in Podgorica, Montenegro, announces an open competition for past participants (“alumni”) of U.S. government-funded and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to submit applications to the 2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2020).   We seek proposals from teams of at …

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Op-ed: Ambassador Judy Rising Reinke

As 2019 comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on the past year’s accomplishments that have shaped the U.S.-Montenegrin relationship.  From our recent collaboration to defend against malicious cyber actors, to working together to contribute to the NATO alliance’s collective security, our cooperation has helped to spread peace, security, and prosperity.  These activities are …

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Ambassador Reinke Opens Regional Forum on Judicial Cooperation

Ambassador Judy Reinke spoke at the opening of a regional forum on cooperation in criminal matters, hosted by the Montenegrin Ministry of Justice, on December 16-17 in Budva, The forum is an opportunity for judges, prosecutors and representatives of the justice ministries from Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to discuss the implementation of …

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Ambassador Reinke Visits Pljevlja

Ambassador Judy Rising Reinke traveled to Pljevlja December 6 – 7, 2019. She met with Mayor Igor Golubović, and discussed areas of cooperation between the U.S. and the Pljevlja Municipality.. Thank you to Mayor Golubović and the community of #Pljevlja for hosting me and for supporting our @ACPljevlja , a great community resource! Insightful discussion on current …

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2020 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship – Call for Applications

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship is an intensive short-term exchange program, created to foster relationships among young Europeans and Americans to build strong linkages and awareness of shared values.  The four-week program will enable teenagers, ages 16-18, to explore U.S. foreign policy priorities such as youth engagement, support for democracy and civil society, and economic prosperity.  The …

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Ambassador Reinke Visits U.S. Funded Facilities for Children with Disabilities in Bijelo Polje

Ambassador Judy Rising Reinke visited two U.S. Humanitarian Assistance (HA) Program projects in Bijelo Polje on December 5, 2019. The United States European Command HA Program allocated $245,000 to expand the “Tisa” Day Care Center for children with disabilities.  The improvements were completed in 2018. Wonderful to see how 🇺🇸 @US_EUCOM assistance has had a positive …

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Ambassador Reinke Meets with Media Literacy Exchange Program Participants

Ambassador Judy Reinke met with five Montenegrin educators on December 2, 2019 who had recently returned from an exchange program in the United States to learn first-hand about U.S. federal, state, and local government efforts to promote media literacy for students. Through meetings with interlocutors in Washington, Los Angeles, and Chicago they explored current trends …

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U.S. Special Operations Command Completed Training with Montenegro’s Specialized Diving Units

On November 22, 2019 personnel from U.S. Special Operations Command completed training with Montenegro’s specialized diving units from the Ministries of Defense (MOD) and Police Administration.  During the three-week joint training event held off the shores of Tivat divers conducted a series of complex open water dives demonstrating their advanced operational readiness. This training event …

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Call for Applications: SUSI Program for Students of Journalism, Media Studies and Communication

Call for Applications is now CLOSED.   Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Students are intensive short term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  SUSI programs are five-week Institutes in June-July that consist of a …

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Chargé d’Affaires Judy Kuo Spoke at Media Literacy Project Closing Event

Chargé d’Affaires Judy Kuo delivered opening remarks at a conference marking the conclusion of an Embassy-supported project designed to improve media literacy in Montenegro held on November 19, 2019.  The project was carried out by MINA News Agency and NGO Juventas and sought to advance media literacy, critical thinking, and to improve the journalistic standards …

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Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback Visited Montenegro

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback visited Montenegro November 15-16, 2019 to meet with religious leaders, including the Jewish community, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Montenegrin Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, and the Islamic Community. In addition to Montenegro, Ambassador Brownback is visiting Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, and the Netherlands, …

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Ambassador Reinke Inaugurates Renovated Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital

Ambassador Judy Reinke opened the renovated Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital in Podgorica on November 15, 2019. As part of a joint project with the Montenegrin Government, the United States made contributions valued at over $275,000 dollars to upgrades to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. This project is one of four health-related …

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Embassy Hosts Top Youth Essay Writers on Euro-Atlantic Integration Benefits and Challenges

The U.S. Embassy hosted a group of young Montenegrins who submitted winning essays in Alfa Center’s national essay competition on the Euro-Atlantic integration process and challenges. It’s inspiring to talk to talented Montenegrin youth essay writers about our shared values as #NATO members. Hvala @alfacentarnk na inicijativi. It’s important to discuss relevant issues and ask the hard …

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Ambassador Reinke Visits Newly Renovated School in Bioce

U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro Judy Reinke visited the newly renovated facilities of the “18. oktobar” school in Bioce on November 7, 2019.  The U.S. European Command (EUCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program, through the U.S. Embassy and its Office of Defense Cooperation, allocated $109,000 U.S. dollars for this renovation. It’s fun to go back to school 😊 …

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Competition for Global UGRAD Scholarship

Call for Applications is now CLOSED.    One Semester University Undergraduate Exchange To apply, go to: https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/ugrad_student_application . To read more:   The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by World Learning.  It is a fully-funded scholarship for one semester of …

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United States, Montenegro Partner to Defend Against Malicious Cyber Actors

For the second year in a row, at the invitation of the Montenegrin Government, an elite cyber team of U.S. service members is working alongside Montenegrin cyber defenders to counter malicious cyber actors on critical networks and platforms. Along with U.S. European Command, the U.S. Cyber Command team’s operations are part of U.S. efforts to …

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2020 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Small Grants Program

The U.S. Embassy is accepting project proposals to preserve cultural sites or objects and museum collections of historical or cultural significance to the cultural heritage of Montenegro ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 for the 2020 AFCP Small Grants Program until December 10, 2019. Disclaimer: Issuance of this NOTICE OF Funding Opportunity does not constitute an award commitment …

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2020 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Large Grants Program

The U.S Embassy is accepting project abstracts for the 2020 AFCP Large Grants Program until December 4, 2019.  Proposals to preserve cultural sites or objects and museum collection of historical or cultural significance to the cultural heritage of Montenegro may range from $200,000 to $800,000. This competitive global fund was established to help countries preserve cultural heritage and …

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Ambassador Reinke Spoke at Fund for Active Citizenship (faKT)’s Civil Society Forum

Ambassador Reinke participated in the Fund for Active Citizenship (faKT)’s Civil Society Forum on October 24, 2019, the culmination of the Embassy’s and fAKT’s cooperative project which increased the capacity of civil society organizations. The projects prepared by faKT’s micro grants have been able to affect change in the fields of youth outreach and empowerment, …

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Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) Trains Judges in Tivat

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) held a two-day training for judges in Tivat Montenegro on October 24 – 25, 2019, which focused on providing technical assistance on the enforcement of international sales contracts. CLDP technical assistance aims to improve the foreign investment climate in Montenegro by combatting corruption that undermines …

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Montenegrin Armed Forces to Acquire U.S.-manufactured Vehicles

Ambassador Judy Reinke joined Minister of Defense Predrag Boskovic October 23, 2019 for the signing of an agreement finalizing the sale of 67 state of the art joint light tactical vehicles, which are manufactured by U.S. company Oshkosh. The acquisition is a positive step forward in NATO ally Montenegro’s ongoing efforts to modernize its Armed …

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Ambassador Reinke Spoke at Digital Forensic Center 365 Conference

Ambassador Reinke spoke at the Atlantic Council of Montenegro’s Digital Forensic Center 365 Conference October 22 in Podgorica.  In her remarks, the Ambassador discussed U.S. government efforts to combat and build resilience against entities that endeavor to undermine democracies through the spread of disinformation and malign influence. Very pleased to join the Atlantic Council of …

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Author Shelly Oria at Fifth International Podgorica Bookfair

Shelly Oria, the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv, which earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, was a special guest of the 5th International Podgorica Bookfair that took place October 1-5. In a conversation with Montenegrin author Dragana Krsenkovic Brkovic, who translated her story “Beep” in …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic Remarks to the Press

PRIME MINISTER MARKOVIC:  (Via interpreter)  Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to express my great pleasure over having this opportunity today to host the Secretary of State Mr. Pompeo.  This is a historic visit of a secretary of state of the United States to our country.  After the visit of Vice President Pence, this is another …

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Strengthening Our Alliance with Montenegro – Fact Sheet

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson October 4, 2019 Strengthening Our Alliance with Montenegro Fact Sheet “During 13 years of independence, Montenegro has made important progress in its integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. Your historic admission to NATO in 2017 has further strengthened a strong partnership between our two countries and I warmly …

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Call for Applications: Central European Tech Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program

Travel to the US and gain experience in technology and entrepreneurship! The US Dept. of State, along with WorldChicago, has introduced dozens of international Tech and Entrepreneurship leaders to our city’s thriving ecosystem through the Professional Fellows Program. Continuing in Spring 2020, 18 new fellows from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Montenegro will spend …

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DV2021 Lottery Visa Program

We are excited to announce that 2021 Diversity Visa lottery program will open October 2, and run until November 5, 2019.  You can try your luck and register for DV2021 lottery visa program and obtain a green card for permanent residence in America.  If you wish to register, please read instructions for DV2021 LOTTERY VISA …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Travel to Italy, The Holy See, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Greece

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Italy, The Holy See, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Greece from October 1 to 6. The Secretary will attend the U.S.-Holy See Symposium on Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations, where he will deliver keynote remarks.  He will have a private audience with His Holiness Pope Francis, and meet …

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American Jazz Quartet Engages Montenegrin Audiences

The prestigious American jazz quartet Laurin Talese & A Novel Idea toured Montenegro September 23-25, with stops in Podgorica, Pljevlja, and Bijelo Polje. View this post on Instagram 😍 #soundOn 🎼 Laurin Talese & Novel Idea bend je u Pljevljima. Najljepši način da im požele dobrodošlicu u njihov grad našli su osnovci i srednjoškolci iz #Pljevlja, danas u Američkom uglu Pljevlja. Ovo je bila sjajna prilika I da testiraju svoje poznavanje engleskog jezika i unaprijede vještinu konverzacije na stranom jeziku razgovorom sa američkim muzičarima.Učenici nisu ‘samo’ učili engleski, nego su i saznali više o tome kako se gradi uspješna karijera jednog muzičara u SAD, šta za džezere znači muzika i dr. #USguest2MNE #ExchangeOurWorld A post shared by U.S. Embassy Podgorica (@usa_in_mne) on Sep 24, 2019 at 8:58am PDT

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