Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars

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Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars and Secondary Educators are post-graduate level academic programs for mid-career foreign scholars, faculty, practitioners, and secondary educators whose purpose is to strengthen curricula and to improve the teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.  SUSIs for Scholars are six-weeks long; SUSIs for Secondary Educators are five-weeks.  These Institutes are comprised of a four to five week academic residency and a one to two week educational study tour to a different region of the United States.  During the Institutes, scholars engage in rigorous academic coursework and panel discussions, interact and establish networks with American scholars, meet with experts in respective disciplines, visit civic institutions, and in some cases, participate in research symposia and conferences.  In 2016, cohorts of 18 to 20 participants will take part in 10 scholar programs under the following disciplines:  

  • Contemporary American Literature 
  • Journalism and Media
  • Religious Pluralism in the United States
  • Secondary Education
  • U.S. Culture and Society
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • U.S. National Security and Policymaking
  • U.S. Political Thought

Program Length

6 weeks

Eligibility and Application Overview

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrated English language proficiency 
  • Have limited prior experience in the United States
  • Have firm plans to enhance, update, or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus
  • Not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa

Prospective participants should contact the Public Affairs Section of their local U.S. Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information about 2016 Institutes. U.S. Embassies manage the nomination of candidates, as well as organize participants' visa interviews and international travel to the United States. In some countries, candidates may also be selected by a binational Fulbright Commission.

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