For more than 60 years, thousands of Pakistanis have participated in U.S. Government (USG) sponsored exchange programs to enhance people-to-people ties between Pakistan and the United States. Upon their return to Pakistan, many U.S. exchange alumni have made significant contributions to Pakistan’s government, business, culture and civil society. The Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, and our Consulates in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar are committed to supporting alumni initiatives in Pakistan that allow alumni to replicate and share their exchange experience in their own communities.
About the Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN)
In 2008, U.S. Embassy Islamabad launched the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN), an association of our exchange alumni who are committed to making meaningful contributions to Pakistan though community service, conferences, mentoring future generations, and reaching out to inspire and recruit new exchange participants. All current and former Pakistani participants of U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange programs are eligible to become members of PUAN. To register, send an email to PUAN@state.gov.
The network is jointly administered by the U.S. Embassy and the United States Educational Foundational in Pakistan (USEFP). The network is one of the largest and most active USG exchange alumni networks in the world, with over 19,000 eligible members and 12 local chapters throughout Pakistan. Active alumni chapters are located in the following cities/regions:
- Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)
- BahawalpurGilgit-Baltistan (GB)
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) /Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA)
U.S. Embassy Islamabad has responsibility for the AJK, GB, and Islamabad-Rawalpindi chapters. Our U.S. Consulate in Lahore covers the Bahawalpur, Lahore, and Multan chapters, while the U.S. Consulate in Karachi covers the Gwadar, Karachi, Jamshoro, Quetta, and Sukkur chapters,. U.S. Consulate Peshawar covers the KP/FATA chapter.
We are proud of our alumni and know you are doing great things for Pakistan, so tell us about it! Share your news about awards, grant projects, books you have published, press coverage and any other recognition, and we will share it on our alumni news blog, www.pakusalumninetwork.com. Just send us an email at PUAN@state.gov. You can also find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/PakAlumni and Twitter at Twitter.com/PakUSAlumni.
When submitting your news item, please include your full name, the name of the exchange program you participated in, and the year you completed the exchange. Although we cannot publish every story we receive, you improve your chances if you submit a high-resolution digital photo with your news item.
Our distinguished alumni have also been featured in official U.S. Department of State publications, including DipNote and STATE Magazine. Check out the links below to read the stories.
STATE Magazine: Exchange Alumni Build a Better Pakistan July/August 2013
Talk gives Voice to Pakistani Women May 2016
January 2, 2013
Grants for Alumni
In 2013, PUAN and USEFP launched the Alumni Small Grants program. The maximum funding available is US$5,000 (equivalent in local currency at the prevailing exchange rate). All Pakistani U.S. Government exchange alumni are eligible to apply for these small grants, however applicants must be registered and confirmed members of PUAN. USEFP-PUAN currently awards approximately 30 grants each year. To learn more about alumni grant opportunities, please see the guidelines on the PUAN website.
For further information about the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network, please contact us at PUAN@state.gov, or send correspondence to the following address:
U.S. Embassy Islamabad
Public Affairs Section/Alumni Affairs
Ramna 5, Islamabad Pakistan
To access the U.S. Department of State Alumni global community, visit https://alumni.state.gov.