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The Alumni Initiative
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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.

Alumni Opportunities

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:


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.
  • Networking:
  • 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


How to contact Us

  • Local Alumni

    For all alumni-related activities within France, please contact:

    International Exchange Alumni

    For questions regarding the International Exchange Alumni website, please Contact Us.


2014 Alumni Engagement Fund

  • Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund

    The 2014 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund launches on April 1:

    The State 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 2013, 53 grants of up $25,000 were awarded to alumni teams to support their public service projects.

    The following themes were selected for AEIF 2014:

     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

    Promoting Civil Society 

    Get ready! The 2014 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund launches on April 1! Current and past exchange program participants are invited to compete to win up to $25,000 in support of their projects! Does your project have what it takes to win?

    Calling all #ExchangeAlumni! #AEIF2014 is here! Gather your team and apply to win up to $25,000