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United States Missouri


Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

  • 1,694 Missouri residents hosted or supported 487 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 8,435 hours of service. – More: 
  • 15 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Missouri on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. – More: 

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

  • 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 in computer science at University of Missouri in 2018. – More: 

Office of Global Partnerships

  • Missouri University of Science & Technology 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

  • OES/IHB partnered with students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology via the Diplomacy Lab program starting in August 2017. The students (under the oversight of a professor) worked on a series of projects to examine the efficacy of global awareness raising materials related to antimicrobial resistance. Researchers from Washington University 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: 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) worked with students at Missouri University of Science & Technology in fall 2018 on a Diplomacy Lab project on the potential impacts of pollution on national security. Led by an environmental science professor, graduate and undergraduate students contributed to a literature review and conceptual model of how pollution impacts on health, ecosystems and economy may act as threat multipliers for mass migration and breakdowns in governance. Researchers from Doctors on LLC and the University of Missouri were awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct workshops or host joint centers related to cooperation between the United States and India on blindness prevention through integrated smartphone technology and environmental geotechnics. – More: 

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 Political-Military Affairs

Travel and Security

Bureau of Consular Affairs

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2018: 275,385. Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 199. In Fiscal Year 2017, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 118 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Missouri. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. – More: 

Bureau of International Organization Affairs

  • The United Nations Peace Plaza is situated in Independence, near the Truman Presidential Library. Diplomatic Security Chicago Field Office serves Missouri: 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. (Source: Bureau of Diplomatic Security) – More: 

Jobs and Economy

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 $14.4 billion. Those exports supported approximately 84,868 Missourian jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Missouri supports an additional 119,200 jobs (2016). – More: 

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • Companies from Missouri received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) for joint ventures with Israeli companies. Selected through a competitive process, the BIRD funding generates mutually beneficial cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies.
  • 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, and Missouri-based Monsanto, depend on access to these resources to develop new crop varieties to bring to market. Seed and Biotech sales for the three major U.S. agrichemical companies, Dow Chemical, Dupont, and Monsanto, were over $18.4 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 $261 million to the economy of the state of Missouri for cotton and another $109 million for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy – and tens of millions more for other agricultural products like potatoes, melons, peaches, and grapes. – More: 

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

  • In 2017, two partnerships were created between Missouri-based small business centers and small business centers in Colombia and Honduras under the Small Business Network of the Americas Small Grants Program. – 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 15 active participants from the state of Missouri. – More: 


Bureau of Global Talent Management

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kristin Stewart): 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 Political-Military Affairs

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