15 January 2020
2020 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars program
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2020 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars program for university faculty and other related scholars.
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) are intensive 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 U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars will take place at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in or after June 2020. Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes.
Opportunity Focus Areas:
The institute programs offered in summer 2018 are:
(1) American Politics and Political
Thought This Institute will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners insight into how intellectual and political movements have influenced modern American political institutions and a deeper understanding of major currents in U.S. political thought from the colonial period to the present. Drawing upon the American Political Development approach, the Institute will provide a full and diverse understanding of U.S. political thought and its connection to U.S. politics, public policy, and institutions by linking contemporary issues with historical and social debates. The Institute will explore particular themes including self-rule and limited government, liberty and freedom, individualism and identity, equality and inequality, and the American Dream. The Institute host will be determined at a later date.
(2) Contemporary American Literature
This Institute will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American (U.S.) literature. Its purpose is twofold: to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary U.S. society and culture. The program will explore the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools, and movements reflect the traditions of the U.S. literary canon. At the same time, the program will expose participants to writers who represent a departure from that tradition, and who are establishing new directions for American literature. The Institute host will be determined at a later date.
(3) Journalism and Media
This Institute will provide a multinational group of 18 journalism instructors and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society. The Institute will examine the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, international journalism, and media business models. The Institute will examine pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, reporting, writing, and editing. The program will also highlight the impact of technology on journalism, such as the influence of the Internet, the globalization of the news media, the growth of satellite television and radio networks, and other changes that are transforming the profession. The Institute host will be determined at a later date.
(4) U.S. Foreign Policy
This Institute will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how contemporary U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented. The Institute will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy. The Institute will explain the role of key players in U.S. foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, the U.S. public, think-tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions. The Institute host will be determined at a later date.
(5) U.S. Culture and Society
This Institute will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly-motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The Institute will examine the ethnic, racial, social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested in U.S. society while focusing on the ways in which these cultures have influenced social movements and American identity throughout U.S. history. The program will draw from a diverse disciplinary base, and will itself provide a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of U.S. culture and society. The Institute host will be determined at a later date. U.S. Embassy Cairo Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars
(6) Religious Pluralism in the United States
Institute will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralism in the United States and its intersection with American democracy. Employing a multi-disciplinary approach and drawing on fields such as history, political science, anthropology and sociology, law, and others, the program will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between religion and state in the United States. Participants will examine the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by the development of American-style democracy. Study will also include a survey of the diversity of contemporary religious beliefs in relation to the 1st amendment to the US constitution, elections, public policy, and the demography of the United States. Interfaith dialogue in the American context will be practiced in the context of the group itself as well as site visits to a diversity of religious communities. The Institute host will be determined at a later date.
6 weeks (Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour.)
Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)
Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)
- Experienced, mid-career (between the ages of 30-50 years old), highly-motivated and experienced professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research focused organizations (non-profits, think tanks, etc.).
- Graduate degree and substantive knowledge of thematic area of the Institute required. PHD and/or Masters Degree (s) is/are an asset.
- Little to no prior experience in the United States.
- Candidate’s home institution should be seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. Studies into its 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.
- Fluency in English.
- Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.
- 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
How to Apply
First Step: Fill the application form ( download the application and to read application instructions from the website)
Prepare the following documents:
- Application Form including the Personal Statement
- Nomination Form (Last page of the Application Form)
- Updated CV/Resume
- Copy of Egyptian National ID and/or passport
- Proof of fluency in English by providing a valid score for Institutional TOEFL (Local ITP), Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) or (IELTS). If none are available, a proof of English proficiency is required.
- Up to two letters of recommendation, but these are optional.
Third Step: submit your applications and supporting documentation by postal mail or hand-delivered as indicated in the application instructions with the name of the program on the envelope: SUSI Scholar and the name of the U.S. Institute of interest.
- Scholars who teach their courses in English are exempt from submitting English fluency exam scores.
- Inquiries should be sent by email to CairoSUSI@state.gov. They will be answered within 2 days.
- Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews and will be asked to send their applications by e-mail.
- Please keep an electronic type-written copy of completed
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This Scholarship Published by:
” Abd El-hamid Zaghloul/ Egypt “
Reviewed by” Rahaf Elkhodary “/ Egypt ”
MARJ3 Scholarships team