14 January 2020 (12 pm)



(Fully Funded)


Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Students Leaders.

The 2020 Study of the United States Institutes for Student (SUSI) Leaders Programs is intensive academic programs designed to provide Egyptian undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while enhancing their leadership skills.

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  • The program will take place in June and august 2020, includes seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented with local educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities.
  • During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

Opportunity Focus Areas:
    Program (1) The Institute on Women’s Leadership

  • This five-week academic residency will examine the history and participation of women in public life in the United States.
  • The Institute will focus on two major areas: developing participants’ leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and managerial abilities; and, placing these abilities in the context of the history and participation of women in U.S. politics, economics, culture, and society.
  • The program will also examine the historical domestic progress towards women’s equality in the United States, women’s successes and challenges in a variety of fields, and current challenges in global women’s issues.

     Program (2) Institute for Student Leaders on Religious Freedom and Pluralism

  • This five-week academic residency will explore U.S. history, society, and institutions within the context of religious freedom, pluralism, and interfaith dialogue.
  • Topics may include, early religious traditions in the United States, freedom of religion as a fundamental human right and source of stability, the introduction of new religions in the United States, protection and representation of minority groups and religions, the separation of church and state, and interfaith dialogue and cooperation in a diverse and rapidly changing world.
  • Participants will have opportunities to meet with U.S. community leaders of different faiths who advocate for collaboration and tolerance among religious groups.
  • Participants will also examine the leadership role that religious officials play in their own societies and develop ideas for how they can work with leaders, of similar or different faiths, on shared goals for their societies.

     Program (3) Institute for Student Leaders on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

  • This five-week academic residency will provide participants with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches by reviewing the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. entrepreneurial enterprises – including social enterprises, business leadership and women’s economic empowerment.
  • Topics may include, but are not limited to, trade, investment, financial literacy, banking, microfinance, organizational development and management, innovation, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, corporate social responsibility, and minorities in entrepreneurship. To the extent possible, academic sessions will be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above.

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Program Period

The five-week institutes 

Academic residency for four weeks and a domestic study tour for one week.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  1. Between 18 and 25 years of age.
  2. Currently residing and studying in Egypt.
  3. Enrolled as an undergraduate at a public or private university in Egypt and has good academic standing.
  4.  Have a strong interest in the program of choice.
  5.  Not enrolled in his/her final semester of study.
  6.  Has a solid command of written and spoken English.
  7.  Demonstrate strong leadership qualities.
  8.  Have demonstrated commitment to community and extracurricular university activities.
  9.  Have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country.
  10.  Be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel.
  11.  Be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.
  12.  Submits a complete application with all required supporting documents by the application deadline.
  13.  Committed to return to Egypt upon program completion.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

  • The U.S. government will cover all participant costs, including domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.
  • Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own. Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.
  • Housing will be in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms.
  • The Embassy will arrange economy class round trip international travel for each selected participant.
  • The host institution will cover all travel within the United States during the Institute.
  • All participants will receive medical coverage in case of emergency for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered.

How to Apply

First Step:

Second Step:

To complete application you must include all of the fields in the online application plus the following required documents:

1-  Two Recommendation Letters:

  • The recommenders can be academic (professor, advisor or teacher), leader of extracurricular activity, or professional (work supervisor).
  • The letters should be type-written in English and signed by hand, 

2- Transcript(s):

  • Official document with English translation showing.
    academic performance from previous years in the university.
  • First year university students must provide a copy of their secondary school transcripts and an enrollment letter from  their current university.
  • Transcripts must be scanned and uploaded to the online application.

3- English test:

  •  TOEFL (Local ITP), Internet-based TOEFL(IBT).
  • American University in Cairo English Placement Test, AMIDEAST English Placement Test, or

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4-  Copy of National ID and/or passport bio page.

Third Step: If got accepted you will get a mail and  move to the next phase which is the interview.


  • All required documents scanned and uploaded to the online application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Only short-listed applicants will be interviewed.
  • Please note, you will only be able to apply for ONE of the SUSI Institutes so please choose carefully to make sure you select the correct program.
  • Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before sending an inquiry by e-mail

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This Scholarship Published by:
Lamis Ahmed/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Wahiba El Zayat / Egypt
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MARJ3 Scholarships team