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2014 Study of the United States Institutes for Secondary School Educators and Scholars

The Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) programs are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary school educators and scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of American society, culture and institutions. The ultimate goal of SUSI programs is to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. The program institutes offered are:

SUSI programs for Secondary School Educators (Teachers and Administrators)

These two Institutes provides a multinational group of 20 experienced secondary school educators with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present. They provide materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.  To this end, the Institute may be organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization.  Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will elucidate the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined. The four-week academic residency is complemented by a one-week study tour to showcase the rich cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States. The University of Illinois will host one Institute for teachers; the hosts for two additional Institutes (one for teachers and one for administrators) will be decided at a later date.

SUSI Programs for University-Level and Faculty Members

The following six summer Institute programs are intensive six-week post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of American society, culture and institutions. The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. The topics of the six programs are:

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

All of the Institute programs will be held this summer at different U.S. universities and colleges over the course of six weeks, beginning in mid June 2013.

International and domestic travel, health insurance, housing, and a living stipend in the United States will be covered for all fellows.  All fellows will travel to the United States in an unaccompanied status.

Participant Qualifications

  • Mid-career, between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced national security, university-level faculty or other professionals from institutions of higher education, or national security policymaking institutions, including national military academies, government ministries, and think-tanks. 
  • Excellent proficiency in English and outstanding qualifications, as these programs are extremely competitive.
  • Willing to participate fully in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.  
  • Experienced professional with little or no prior travel to the United States.
  • Seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into their institutions’ curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme. 
  • Applicants should be residing in the country at the time of submitting the applications and interview process.
  • Applicants must be Palestinians resident in Jerusalem, Gaza, or West Bank. Individuals holding permanent residence status in the United States (including U.S. citizens and green card holders) are not eligible. 
  • 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.

Application Deadline and Inquiries: 

Please submit a copy of your passport, CV, and nomination form by January 24th, 2014.

Jerusalem and West Bank Applicants: Email exchanges@state.gov; call 02-622-7172 or (0545) 420 953 for more information

Gaza Applicants: Email GazaExchanges@gmail.com; call 08-286-4623, or 059-967-7317 for more information.

For general information about the institutes, please visit the following site: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

Nomination Form:

Institute Title:

A. Nominee's Full Name: Last Name(s), First Name, Middle Name.

B. Gender

C. Date of Birth (please spell out Month, Day, Year)

D. Birth City

E. Birth Country

F. Country(ies) of Citizenship:

G. Country of Residence

H. Medical, Physical, Dietary or other Personal Considerations:

I. Candidate Contact Information: Home Address, City, E-mail, and Telephone.

J. Current Position/Title, Institutional Name, and Country

K. Work Experience, including previous positions and titles, place

L. Education; Academic & Professional Training, degree earned and fields of specialization, place.

M. Active Professional Memberships

N. Publications: publication year, type of publication, title, and publisher.  All foreign titles should be translated into English. (Please list no more than 10.)

O. Previous Experience in the United States: trips made to the United States; dates & reason.

P. Family Residing in the United States:

Q. Evidence of English Fluency (e.g. personal interview, test score, etc.)

R. Personal Statement (no more than one page):

Forms must be fully completed and sent to the emails below with the resume as well as a copy of the passport biographical information page no later than January 14th, 2014.

Exchanges@state.gov (Jerusalem, West Bank) / GazaExchanges@gmail.com (Gaza)