Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators

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.

BENEFITS

  • Full funding of all program costs
  • Full funding of international travel to/from program
  • Housing in hotels and on-campus dorms with meals at campus facilities
  • Sickness and accident insurance
  • J-1 visa sponsorship
  • Pre-Departure Orientation in Brussels
  • Prestigious title and alumni network

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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

The application period to apply for this program is between December and January. The exact dates of the application period will be announced online in December. A mandatory in-person interview will take place in mid-January.

APPLY HERE: (application form will be made available in December)

The complete application includes biographical information, a 250-word essay, and two recommendations. For clarity, please type as much of the application as possible. The application must be sent as a total package to info@fulbright.be.

All applications are evaluated by the staff of the Fulbright Commission in Brussels and the U.S. Embassy of Brussels. The most competitive applicants demonstrate ambassadorial qualities and a genuine interest in cultural exchange.

More details on the SUSI Program for Secondary Educators can be found here.

FORMER SUSI PROGRAMS

SUSI Summer 2019: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.

HEAR FROM OUR 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.