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  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • Rhode Island hosted 1,681 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://j1visa.state.gov/basics/facts-and-figures/ 
  • 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 $2.4 billion. Those exports supported approximately 9,977 Rhode Island jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Rhode Island supports an additional 26,500 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/ri.pdf 
  • An entrepreneur from Ximedica was awarded funds by the U.S.-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund to commercialize a product to improve care for ostomy patients with a partner in India. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.iusstf.org/usistef/us-india-science-technology 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Rhode Island. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) – More: http://careers.state.gov/engage/events 
  • 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 3 active participants from the state of Rhode Island. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Philip Beekman): 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. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) – More: http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir 
  • 41 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Rhode Island were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 18 international students received a Fulbright to study in Rhode Island. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 27 students from Rhode Island received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, awarded to students of limited financial means. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program 
  • 5,478 international higher education students studied abroad in Rhode Island. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 39 exchange visitors from overseas visited Rhode Island and 38 Rhode Island residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • Salve Regina University and Pontifica Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (Dominican Republic) 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. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs – More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 
  • Johnson and Wales University along with Universidad de Congreso (Argentina) and Regis College will develop a new, exchange program designed to address global health concerns. Through experiential and service-oriented community engagement activities, cultural experiences, industry-led trainings and faculty-led lectures in the U.S. and Argentina, students will explore the regional impact and issues surrounding health and nutrition that affect local populations, such as food availability, preparation, sanitation, and security. 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. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 

Partnerships

  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 
  • 21 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Rhode Island on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://ylai.state.gov/ 
  • 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. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.solarsister.org/blog/solar-sister-wins-womens-empowerment-fund-grant-from-the-global-alliance-for-clean-cookstoves 
  • Researchers from Brown University and the University of Rhode Island 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. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://www.bsf.org.il/ 
  • A researcher from Brown University was awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct a workshop related to cooperation between the United States and India on mechanics and material interface. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 
  • 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. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) – More: http://www.riag.ri.gov/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Rhode Island National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Bahamas founded in 2005. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 

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