Summer Institute for Secondary School Teachers

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Secondary Educators are post-graduate level academic programs for secondary educators designed to strengthen curricula and to improve the teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. These Institutes are comprised of a five-week academic residency and one to two weeks of educational travel 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.

Eligibility

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

How to Apply

Applications for the 2019 summer institute will be posted online in December 2018.

SUSI Summer 2019

In summer 2019, the Fulbright Commission will be able to nominate one participant to attend the Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators under the theme “Liberty, Equality, and the American Dream.”

Program Description: Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined.  The program will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.  The four-week academic residency will take place at a U.S. university  campus (either University of Montana in Missoula, Montana from 2 June to 7 July 2019 or  at the Institute for Training and Development in Amherst, Massachusetts from 8 June to 12 July 2019) and will consist of a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities.  One-week study tours to a different region of the United States will complement the academic residencies.  One goal of the study tours is to showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.  The program features curriculum based on the study of how America’s foundations and historical development have shaped and continue to inform U.S. politics, economics, and society.  A key cultural component of the program involves community service activities, which will provide participants with a first-hand experience of how volunteerism plays a vital role in U.S. civil society.  The program will offer multiple opportunities for follow-on engagement through alumni webinars, grant-funded follow-on projects, social media, and an alumni workshop at the end of the three-year award period.

Benefits: Participants in the Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators will receive the following benefits:

  • Full funding of all program costs
  • Full funding of international travel to/from program (including visa sponsorship)
  • Housing in hotels and on-campus dorms with meals at campus facilities
  • Sickness and accident insurance through U.S. Department of State

How to Apply: Application forms can be downloaded below and consist of a completed application form, a 250-word essay, and two recommendations. For clarity, please type as much of the application as possible. The application must be returned as a total package via email to adviser@fulbright.be by Friday 4 January 2019.

Hear from Grantees

Anja Lerno (Summer 2013): “I went to the United States to learn about American culture, but I got to know 24 other cultures too. I have friends now in Uruguay, Greece, Guatemala, Birma, Borneo, Panama, Norway, …. When we met, we already had one thing in common, being passionate about teaching English and now we will never forget sharing this wonderful experience of SUSI 2013. Thanks to modern technology and social media, we will not only be able to keep in touch personally, but also professionally: the sharing of resources has already begun!” Read more about Anja’s experience.

Rajae Ramram (Summer 2015): “The program provided us with a view on the U.S. Education system through different angles. I especially enjoyed the school visits and the interesting conversations I shared with my fellow teachers in the USA. I also loved the interesting workshops and lectures we attended, all given by great knowledgeable people who shared with us their educational expertise and Experiences.” Read more about Rajae’s experience.