The Alumni Initiative
Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) begins February 3, 2015
Start drafting your project proposals NOW!
Department created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 to
support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions
to global challenges. The competition provides small grants to teams of past
and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to
carry out public service projects that utilize skills and knowledge they have
gained through their exchange experiences. To participate, alumni must be
members of the International Exchange Alumni (IEA) global online community and
form teams of at least five IEA community members. Proposed projects must
embody one of the AEIF themes. In 2014, 66 grants of up $25,000 were awarded to
alumni teams to support their public service projects.
Log in to view the 2014 winners.
The following themes were selected for AEIF 2015:
- Empowering Women and Girls
- Social Inclusion/Alternatives for Vulnerable Populations
- Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment
- Access to Education
- Climate Change and Environmental Protection
- Global Health Awareness
- Civic Participation
- Conflict Resolution
Below you will find the AEIF 2015 Timeline:
- Tuesday, February 3: AEIF Launches at Noon ET
- Tuesday, February 24: AEIF Proposals Forms Due by Noon ET
- Tuesday, March 10: AEIF Finalists Announced, Finalist Phase Opens at Noon ET
- Tuesday, March 31: AEIF Final Proposals Due by Noon ET
- Monday, May 11: AEIF 2015 Winners Announced!
USG Exchange Alumni @ the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit
Eleven young U.S. government-exchange alumni entrepreneurs from Algeria, Egypt, France, Germany and Morocco participated in the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which took place on November 19-21, 2014 in Marrakesh, Morocco.
On Wednesday, November 12, the group participated in a videoconference to prepare the summit. Speakers included Todd Schwartz, Senior Advisor at the Department of State’s Bureau of Economics, and D.C. based entrepreneur Eric Wilson. Each participant had the opportunity to pitch their business projects and received detailed feedback from Eric Wilson.
On Wednesday, November 19, the eleven alumni participated in a convening of global youth entrepreneurs, a one day convening of 60-70 young global entrepreneurs, who have recently started new firms around the world. This event was organized by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, at Cadi Ayad University.
On Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21, the eleven alumni participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. They had the privilege of meeting with Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. They also shared experiences with the Association of Moroccan Exchange Participants (AMAEP).
This Europe-North-African alumni program was supported by the U.S. Embassies in Algeria, Egypt, France, Germany and Morocco, in coordination with the associations France Fulbright Alumni and German Fulbright Alumni. This program was a follow-up to the Fulbright Entrepreneurship conference which took place in May 2014 in Berlin, organized by the two alumni associations with the support of the U.S. Embassies in Berlin and Paris and the Alumni Affairs Division of the Department of State.
Africa, the New Economic Frontier
Ahead of the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. on August 4-6, 2014, the Cercle Jefferson, the Cercle Andrew Young and Africa SMB have organized a conference on Africa, the New Economic Frontier on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the George Marshall Center in Paris, with the support of the Department of State. Approximately 120 guests attended this event.
Speakers focused on the economic relations between the United States of America and Sub-Saharan Africa. The continent is more and more courted by its historical partners and by emerging countries. Africa, a changing continent, might well become the new center of world growth. The conference included two sessions: « Africa – USA: Which Partnership? » and « Africa: Transforming Economies? ».
The Cercle Jefferson is an association which gathers participants to the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) nominated by the U.S. Embassy in Paris. The Cercle Andrew Young is an association which gathers participants to the IVLP nominated by the African Regional Services of the Department of State. The IVLP is a three-week exchange program to the U.S. for professionals. This Department of State’s flagship program started more than seventy years ago and more than 4000 world leaders participate each year, to exchange of themes such as media, civil society or foreign policy.
France Fulbright Alumni in Tbilisi
July 11-12, 2014, Tbilisi
The President of France Fulbright Alumni participated in the European Network of American Alumni Associations (ENAM) conference held on July 11-12, 2014 in Tbilisi, with the support of the U.S. Embassy. On the evening of July 11th, Ambassador Richard Norland hosted a reception in honor of the 4th Annual ENAM conference. The next day, the conference was held in downtown Tbilisi on the theme of “Advancing American Values in Europe: Successes and Challenges.” Ambassador Norland addressed the conference and spoke of Georgia’s growing importance in the European community and on the international stage. The conference was hosted by the U.S. Government Exchange Program Alumni Association of Georgia (EPAG) and supported by the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi. Participants came from Georgia as well as 11 other countries around Europe. Massimo Cugussi, the head of ENAM, addressed the participants, as did Andro Dadiani, the head of EPAG, and several members of the Georgian government and representatives of civil society.
The Jefferson Circle Welcomes Newly Returned International Visitors
June 12, 2014
On Thursday, June 12, 2014, the Chargé d’Affaires Mark A. Taplin congratulated participants to the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) who traveled in 2013-2014, at the welcoming reception organized by the Jefferson Circle at the George Marshall Center, in Paris. Approximately a hundred guests were present.
Created in 2011, the Jefferson Circle is an association which aims at maintaining and strengthening relations among French alumni of the IVLP, and at creating a community Franco-American relations specialists. The name of the association is a tribute to a great American man who loved France: Thomas Jefferson.
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is led by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State. Each year, participants from all over the world travel to the United States to meet with their American counterparts and to discover the U.S.
Meet your Entrepreneurship Mentor!
May 17-18, 2014
“Entrepreneurship in a Borderless World” is the topic that brought together entrepreneurs, graduates and students from around the world for a special three-day meeting in Berlin, Germany.
Organized by the German and French Fulbright Alumni Associations, with the support of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassies in Paris and Berlin, this conference took place on May 16-18 and featured a variety of stimulating activities pertaining to the theme, “Entrepreneurship and Mentoring.”
What makes a venture successful? How do I make the transition from innovative idea to thriving enterprise? And what networks do I need to bring this to fruition? Over 140 entrepreneurs, economists and students from 22 countries explored these questions together through personal interactions and discussions. The conference participants were alumni of USG-sponsored exchange programs and came from Germany and France, but also from Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan, the U.S....
The conference was opened on the evening of Friday, May 16 with a reception at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, in presence of H.E. John B. Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, and H.E. Ambassador of France to Germany Maurice Gourdault-Montagne. On Saturday, May 17, the gathering moved to the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and on Sunday, May 18, to Microsoft Germany. Saturday, May 17 was dedicated to a panel discussion and networking events, such as the Mentor-Mentee “Speed Dating” sessions. In this workshop, future mentors and mentees were able to exchange ideas and experience, as well as receive feedback and guidance on specific enterprising projects. Depending on their project interests and ideas, participants were divided into four topic groups, which included: Technology; Social Innovation; Education; Law and Finance. Keynote speaker for this event was Monica Dodi, Co-Founder/Managing Director for the Women's Venture Capital Fund. On Sunday, May 18, Microsoft Germany gave presentations on its accelerator program and how it fosters innovation.
Check out the Facebook posts on the Berlin Conference
The U.S. Embassy in France sponsors a variety of international exchange programs each year, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). These people-to-people exchanges are designed to enhance mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations.
The Department of State is committed to supporting alumni of these programs by providing resources that will help them to build upon their exchange experience.
U.S. government-sponsored (USG) exchange program participants and alumni living in France have a number of opportunities to be involved in post-exchange activities, and receive access to specialized resources such as:
- Alumni associations
Fulbright Exchange Programs: France-Fulbright Alumni
International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP): The Jefferson Circle
Youth Ambassadors program: Youth Ambassadors Alumni
Call - for - alumni applications - International Conference - «Entrepreneurs in a borderless Europe», May 17-18, 2014, Berlin
Specialized resources from the Information Resource Center
Global Alumni Online Community
International Exchange Alumni is the State Department’s official website for alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. government. The International Exchange Alumni online community recognizes the achievements of exchange alumni and provides them access to exclusive benefits including:
- Funding: Access $33 billion in grant opportunities.
- Connect with more than 100,000 global alumni already registered on the website.
- Chat with VIP guests during regular Digital Dialogue webchats.
- Digital Library: Want to read the New York Times newspaper online or listen to it in 12 different languages? Now you can, as well as 20,000 other magazines and periodicals!
Alumni are encouraged to register for the site and gain access to these membership benefits. Only verified alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs are able to access these benefits.
Who Can Join?
You are an alumnus(a) of a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program if you have participated in at least one of the following programs:
- Fulbright Exchange Programs
- International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)
- Voluntary Visitor Program
- Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship Initiative
- Summer Institutes for European Student Leaders
- Youth Ambassadors
- France Los-Angeles Media Exchange