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United States Iowa


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

  • 773 Iowa residents hosted or supported 304 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 8,232 hours of service. – More: 
  • 59 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Iowa on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. – More: 

Office of Global Partnerships

  • University of Iowa is part of the Diplomacy Lab network led by the Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. – More: 

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • A researcher from the University of Iowa received a grant from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for a joint research project with an Israeli scientist. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the BSF research funding advances our bilateral relationship and shared scientific priorities. – More: 
  • A company from Iowa received a grant from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) for a joint venture with an Israeli company. Selected through a competitive process, the BIRD funding generates mutually beneficial cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies.
  • Researchers from Iowa State University and the University of Iowa were awarded funds from the India-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct workshops or host joint centers related to cooperation between the United States and India on big data analysis for transportation systems and central nervous systems infections. – More: 

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Travel and Security

Bureau of Consular Affairs

Bureau of Diplomatic Security

  • Diplomatic Security Chicago Field Office serves Iowa: 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. 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 Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

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 $14.3 billion. Those exports supported approximately 93,941 Iowan jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Iowa supports an additional 60,300 jobs (2016). – More: 

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) protects the American seed industry’s ability to access materials and information for research and breeding through our engagement in the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). Seed companies, such as Iowa-based Dupont-Pioneer (part the agricultural division of Dow-DuPont), depend on access to these resources to develop new crop varieties to bring to market. In 2017, Dow-DuPont’s agricultural division reported net sales of 14.3 billion. – More: 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs advocates in meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) for conservation of pollinators, which contribute $24 billion to the national economy and $287 million to the economy of the state of Iowa for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy. – More: 

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 Iowa. – More: 


Bureau of Global Talent Management

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dale Giovengo): 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 Western Hemisphere Affairs

  • Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Brazil) with Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Kentucky, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are working together to enable Universidade Federal de Viccosa to offer regular undergraduate courses in English in agricultural and biological engineering, food science, animal science, and agricultural economics to create opportunities for U.S. students. This partnership is part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. – More: 
  • In 2018, the University Northern Iowa and Universidad de Piura (Peru) were awarded a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant to implement a new study abroad opportunity for pre-service teachers focused on providing environmental education and English language training to Peru’s future teachers. Students from UDEP’s Beca Vocación de Maestro program are the target participants for the study abroad opportunity, enabling students coming from disadvantaged economic backgrounds to work towards their degrees with study abroad experience. The program will begin with the participation of ten students, beginning with three weeks of online instruction prior to two weeks of immersion on UNIs campus, and concluding with an additional three weeks of online instruction. By the end of the program, all participants will receive the necessary training to become certified in the GLOBE program and will be connected to the GLOBE representative in Peru. – More: 
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. One Fulbright graduate student began a two-year program studying animal science at Iowa State University in 2017. – More: 

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