The U.S. Embassy in Portugal sponsors 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 people-to-people exchanges are designed to enhance mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations.
The Department of State is committed to supporting alumni of these programs by providing resources that will help them to build upon their exchange experience.
Alumni in Portugal
There are more than 3,000 alumni of U.S. government (USG)-sponsored exchange programs in Portugal who are professionals in education, government, business, law, science, engineering, medicine, and other fields.
The alumni in Portugal have participated in Fulbright Scholarships, International Visitor Leadership Programs, Voluntary Visitor Programs, Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowships, E-Teacher Scholarships, Summer Institutes for European Student Leaders, International Writing Programs, and other USG-sponsored exchanges.
USG-sponsored exchange program participants and alumni in Portugal have access to a variety of resources, including:
- Membership to International Exchange Alumni (IEA) alumni.state.gov, the online global community for USG-sponsored exchange programs alumni, which offers members access to alumni news, grant opportunities, networking, online newspapers and research databases, career development tools, and more.
- Invitation to U.S. Embassy Lisbon’s organized events for the alumni members.
- Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF)
2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) competition is open and the closing date for applications is February 25, 2020. AEIF offers alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs the opportunity to propose innovative projects that address one of five global foreign policy themes. Find out here how to submit your project.