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Fast Fact

Two Pulitzer Prize winners from Rhode Island - Galway Kinnell (Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) and Martin Bernheimer (Pulitzer Prize for Criticism) – were participants in the prestigious Fulbright international educational exchange program. More»

The State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

  • In FY17, Rhode Island-based companies received approval to export $1,307,269,704 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Rhode Island hosted 1,661 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • 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. Goods exports of $2.4 billion (2017) support approximately 9,977 Rhode Island jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Rhode Island supports an additional 27,800 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Rhode Island. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Jon Danilowicz): 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. (HR) More»
  • 47 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Rhode Island were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 23 international students received a Fulbright to study in Rhode Island in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 5,378 international higher education students studied abroad in Rhode Island in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 42 exchange visitors from overseas visited Rhode Island, and 66 Rhode Island residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at various locations within Rhode Island, including the Defense Institute for Legal Studies, the Naval War College, the Naval Staff College and the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Rhode Island while also supporting the local economy. (PM) More»
  • Salve Regina University and Pontifica Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra organized a study abroad and service program that included elements of administration of justice, health care administration, nursing, and social work. The program also provided a minor in Spanish for Health and Service Professionals. These exchanges were 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. (WHA) More»
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Peruvian Ministry of Education 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 is completing a five-year program studying economics at Brown University. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 204. 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. (PRM) More»
  • The American Corner Azores facilitated a visit by the International Charter School in Rhode Island to the University of the Azores and the American Corner. During the visit, the group toured the University of Azores' spaces and departments, and attended a demonstration of robotics and 3D design/printing. (IIP) More»
  • The Middle East Partnership Initiative provided more than $202,000 to bring undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa to Roger Williams University for the Student Leaders Program, which aims to develop leadership skills and expand understanding of U.S. civil society and democratic processes that students can apply in their home countries. (NEA/MEPI) More»
  • Rhode Island residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 258 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • INL has formally partnered with the Rhode Island Attorney General since 2013. In 2017, INL supported attorneys from the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office to assist the Ministry of Justice in Armenia with revising its National Anti-Corruption Strategy. (INL) More»
  • The Department of State facilitates the Rhode Island National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Bahamas founded in 2005. (PM) More»
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed $1 million to Bristol-based Solar Sister, a program connected to the Partnership on Women's Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER). The program contributes to wPOWER’s goal of building an Africa-wide network of women entrepreneurs by providing training and entrepreneurship opportunities in sales and distribution of small-scale clean energy technologies. (OES) More»
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 66,631. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 22. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 14 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Rhode Island. 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. (CA/OCS) More»
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State with field and resident offices in 24 states and the District of Colombia. These offices cover the entire United States and its territories, with regional responsibility for protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents by investigating passport and visa fraud, serving on federal and state law enforcement task forces, combatting terrorism and human trafficking, as well as protecting the Secretary of State and other domestic and foreign dignitaries. DSS special agents and investigators assigned to the Boston Field Office regularly work alongside federal, state, and local authorities throughout Rhode Island. (DSS) More»