The Alumni Initiative
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 exchanges are designed to enhance mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and France. The Department of State is committed to supporting alumni by providing resources that will help them to build upon their exchange experience.
Who is an alumnus/alumna?
You are an alumnus/alumna of a USG–sponsored program if you have participated in at least one of the following exchange 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
U.S. government-sponsored exchange program participants and alumni living in France have a number of possibilities to get involved in post-exchange activities, and access specialized resources:
Fulbright Exchange Programs Alumni: France-Fulbright Alumni
International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) Alumni: The Jefferson Circle
The Online Global Community for Alumni
STATE ALUMNI is the official website for more than 1,000,000 alumni of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Interactive, dynamic, and password-protected, alumni.state.gov offers alumni from U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs a place to:
- Network with alumni from Fulbright, IVLP, and other programs
- Find grant and funding opportunities worth more than $33 billion
- Access more than 20,000 free periodicals, newspapers, and more
- Find the latest research in your field, plus job and career resources
- Participate in Q&A Live discussions with experts
- Share your experience with a global audience
- Read alumni success stories, perspectives, and ideas
The emphasis in State Alumni is on user-created content, so members are encouraged to post events, job announcements, news, photos, and grant opportunities directly to State Alumni. To access the global community, please click on the link below:
All alumni are invited to register for the site by clicking “Join Now.” All members are verified as alumni of a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program before receiving full access.
2013 Alumni Engagement Fund
Get Ready for the 2013 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund
The third annual Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) launches on April 24! This year’s competition invites teams of exchange alumni to propose projects to address global issues under project categories including Empowering Women, Outreach to Underserved Communities, Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment, Expanded Access to Education, Environmental Protection, Government Transparency, Freedom of Expression, Conflict Resolution, Citizen Security, and Promoting Civil Society. Winning teams will be awarded up to $25,000 in support of their projects.
Visit the 2013 AEIF pages on International Exchange Alumni (IEA) now to learn all about the competition! All alumni who wish to compete in the 2013 AEIF must be verified members of the IEA website. If you’re not already a member, register for IEA today so that you can start working on your project as soon as the competition starts on April 24!