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United States Alabama


Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

  • The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. – More: 

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

  • 1,027 Alabama residents hosted or supported 448 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 4,263 hours of service during Fiscal Year 2016.
  • One emerging leader studied or participated in a fellowship in Alabama on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives during Calendar Year 2018. – More: 

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • Researchers from the University of Alabama received funding from the Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation program, which seeks to facilitate scientific cooperation between scientists in the two countries, thus benefiting U.S.-based researchers in selected areas. The researchers worked with their Pakistani counterparts to submit a joint project proposal that was merit reviewed by representatives from both countries and selected for funding. – More 
  • Researchers from the University of Alabama received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for joint research projects with Israeli scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the BSF research funding advances our bilateral relationship and shared scientific priorities. – More 
  • A researcher from the University of Alabama Birmingham received a grant from the U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund for research projects with Egyptian scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the Joint Fund enables American scientists to conduct high impact research in the fields of agriculture, energy, health, and water and promotes U.S. – Egypt science and technology cooperation. – More 

Travel and Security

Bureau of Consular Affairs

Bureau of Diplomatic Security

  • Diplomatic Security Miami Field Office serves Alabama. Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism, and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Additionally, they liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. – More: 

Jobs and Economy

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

  • 220 exchange visitors from overseas visited Alabama and 69 Alabama residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs during Fiscal Year 2017. – More: 

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

  • In FY17, Alabama-based companies received approval to export $123,091,524 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. – More: 

Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. In 2018, goods exported totaled $21.3 billion. Those exports supported approximately 98,382 Alabaman jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Alabama supports an additional 109,100 jobs (2016). – More: 

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

  • Through Arista/OAS, based in Enterprise, Alabama, in FY18 the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Air Wing conducted programmed depot maintenance of 11 UH-1 helicopters in the U.S. Department of State's Aviation fleet, employing 138 personnel.

Bureau of Global Talent Management

Bureau of Global Public Affairs

  • The Thomas R. Pickering and Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Programs encourage applications from minority groups historically underrepresented in the U.S. Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Each fellowship provides financial assistance towards the completion of a two year master’s degree in a field related to the Foreign Service, academic funding, mentorship and two internships – one in the U.S. and the other abroad at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Fellows commit to a minimum of five years in the Foreign Service. Currently, there are 11 active participants from the state of Alabama. – More: 


Bureau of Global Talent Management

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Vallera Gibson, Northern and Amy Radetsky, Southern): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. – More: 

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

  • University of Alabama is a member of the INL supported Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction. ICUDDR facilitates networking among universities to promote high quality education and training in the field of addiction prevention, treatment and public health interventions. It also pursues related applied addictions research, outreach and advocacy.

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students in Alabama, such as at the aviation school in Fort Rucker and the Air War College, Air Command & Staff College, and Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base. These programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Alabama while also supporting the local economy. – More: 

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

  • In 2015, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, along with the binational U.S.-Argentina Fulbright Commission, launched the Friends of Fulbright Undergraduate Student Exchange Program. This Public-Private Partnership sent 50 Argentine undergraduate students to study in the United States for six weeks in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and there were 289 students in the 2018 cohort. Twenty students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at the University of Alabama. – More: 
  • Auburn University and the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Argentina) will combine the fields of engineering and agriculture to create a collaborative project in fertilizer technology and use. Graduate students from each university will enroll in a capstone course and spend time at the host institution developing and testing slow-release fertilizers for use in commercial field crop production systems, as well as conducting field trial research through internships with the participating universities. These exchanges were part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, a program designed to foster greater study abroad opportunities across the hemisphere for students in the United States and in Latin America. – More: 

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