Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Montana state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Montana state flag © Public Domain

Fast Fact

2,174 citizens of foreign countries participated in Department of State Educational and Cultural Affairs bureau academic, youth, professional and cultural exchange programs in Montana during the 2011-2012 academic year. More»

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, 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 partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export and job opportunities for American businesses and workers through trade initiatives. In Montana, approximately 13,000 U.S. jobs were supported by goods exports (2014) and foreign direct investment supported about 7,000 U.S. jobs (2013). This resulted in $1.4 billion in goods exports from Montana (2015). (EB) More»

    • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $43,000 to the economy of Montana through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Montana hosted foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Montana. (HR)

  • Education

    • 10 Scholars and Students from Montana were awarded Fulbright Scholarships (ECA) More»

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Stewart Devine): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • 268 exchange visitors from overseas visited Montana and 148 Montana residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (ECA) More»

    • Montana State University in Bozeman is a participating school in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Secretary’s 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. Learn more about Diplomacy Lab here. (S/GP)

    • The University of Montana received a $250,000 award from the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative for climate change research with Kumaun University. (SCA) More»

    • 121 Brazilian students attended Montana State University, Montana Tech University and the University of Montana through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. This program is funded by the Brazilian government and the private sector and sends 101,000 Brazilian university students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and the program strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

  • Partnerships

    • The Department of State facilitates the Montana National Guard State Partnership Program with the Kyrgyz Republic founded in 1996. (PM) More»

    • The Middle East Partnership Initiative provided more than $298,000 to bring undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa to Montana State University for the Student Leaders Program. This program aims to develop leadership skills and expand understanding of U.S. civil society and democratic processes that the students can apply in their home countries. (NEA/MEPIMore»

  • Travel and Security

    • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2015: 38,469. (CA) More»

    • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 67. (CA) More»

    • Number of overseas adoptions for Montana families in Fiscal Year 2014: 38. The Office of Children's Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Waterton Glacier International Peace Park and Yellowstone National Park (with Idaho and Wyoming). (IO)

    • Diplomatic Security San Francisco Field Office serves Montana: 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. (DS) More»