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April 1, 2018

About the Initiative

The U.S. Embassy in Berlin and Consulates in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, and Munich sponsor 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 Germany. The Department of State is committed to supporting alumni by providing resources that will help them to build upon their exchange experience.


Alumni Opportunities

Funding opportunity:

Call for Proposals for the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (pdf).
Download proposal budget here (excel file), Download proposal form here (word doc).


U.S. government-sponsored exchange program participants and alumni living in Germany have a number of opportunities to participate in post-exchange activities, as well as receive access to specialized resources such as:

  • Alumni associations
  • Events such as: conferences, receptions, roundtables, and training sessions
  • Other opportunities involving alumni-run initiatives (i.e., mentoring, volunteering, conferences, etc.)

If you are an alumnus(a) and have ideas for events or activities, we want to hear from you! Please contact: GermanAlumni@state.gov

Who is an alumnus/alumna?

You are an alumnus/alumna of a USG–sponsored program if you have participated in one of our exchange programs.  These include:

  • Fulbright Exchange Programs
  • International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)
  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) – Parlamentarisches Patenschafts-Programm (PPP)
  • Congress–Bundestag/Bundesrat Staff Exchange (CBBSX)
  • German–American Partnership Program (GAPP)
  • Eastern German Teachers Visitor Program (EGTVP)
  • Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship Initiative

Online Global Community for Alumni

INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE 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 careerresources
  • Participate in Q&A Live discussions with experts
  • Share your experience with a global audience
  • Read alumni success stories, perspectives, and ideas
  • Stay involved through a local alumni association
  • Upload your own events and programs

The emphasis 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.

How you can contact us: