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2013 Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders on New Media

Call for Applications: 2013 Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders on New Media


  • Gaza: No later than December 24th, 2012
  • West Bank: No later than January 7th, 2013

The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on New Media in Journalism is designed for undergraduate students and consists of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. During the four week academic residency, participants will explore the following topics: the changing nature of the news media; journalistic ethics and responsibility; the history of journalism; basic journalism and new media skills. Through interactive lectures, workshops, case studies, and field reporting excursions, participants will gain the skills and knowledge they need to use digital new media for both the reporting and dissemination of news. Participants will learn how to shoot and edit video for the web, create blogs, and use Twitter and other distribution systems. Participants will also gain enhanced basic reporting and leadership skills, a renewed appreciation for the importance of ethical and responsible journalism, and a better understanding of the U.S. political system.

The Institute will be hosted at Washington State University, Pullman, WA over the course of four weeks in June and July 2013. The exact dates will be announced later. It is fully sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the Department of State in Washington D.C. The US Consulate will cover all travel logistics to the US. ECA will cover all participant costs, including: program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence. Participants should bring their own spending money if they wish to purchase souvenirs or other items during their time in the United States.

Educational travel to other parts of the United States, local site visits, and volunteer opportunities will complement the coursework and classroom activities.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Holders of American passports or green card are not eligible.
  • Be proficient in English to enable active participation in the academic program. Relations.
  • Major disciplines of candidate: Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, Business and other professional fields; New media, Graphic Design, IT or Computer Science, International Affairs, Journalism, Literature, Media, Photography, and Public
  • Be between 18 to 25 years of age; First through third year undergraduate students.
  • Have at least one semester left in their university studies and be committed to returning home to complete their degree;
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community and activities;
  • Have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations.
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States.
  • Have had little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  • Participants are expected to participate fully in the academic program.

Important Note:

  • Participation in the program is contingent upon the applicant qualifying for a J-1 visa to the U.S.
  • Holders of American passports or green cards are not eligible to participate in this program.


Gaza: No later than December 24th, 2012

West Bank: No later than January 7th, 2013

The nomination form is available at:

Where to submit your nomination form:


Gaza: Tel: 08-2864-623 or 0599-677-317; email:

West Bank/East Jerusalem Tel: (02) 622-7172 or 0545-420953; email:;

Nomination Form: Study of the United States Institutes Student Programs (SUSI)

Deadline: No later than Monday December 24th, 2012

Where to submit your nomination form:

Inquiries: West Bank/East Jerusalem residents Tel: (02) 622-7172 or 0545-420953 email:; Gaza: Tel:  08-2864-623 or 0599-677-317 email:

A. Nominee's full name, as in passport (attach a copy of your travel document)

B. Date of birth (Month/Day/Year)

C. City of birth

D. Country of Birth

E. Country of Residence

F. Country (ies) of Citizenship

G. Contact Information; Home address, telephone, e-mail

H. Gender

I. Medical, physical, dietary or other personal considerations

J.Name of academic institution (university or college), Major and Minor, Academic year

K. Work experience, including previous positions and titles and Volunteer Experience

L. Year in University, Expected Graduation (date)

M. Education, academic and professional training, including degrees earned and fields of specialization

N. Memberships in Associations, Clubs, etc

O. Previous travel and study in the United States, including dates and indication of whether such travel was supported by U.S. government funds.

P. Family Residing in the United States: (Please list any immediate family members who are currently residing in the United States, including city and state).

Q. Evidence of fluency in written or oral English (eg. ITP or TOEFL score..) if available

R. Personal statement and objectives (no more than one page) :