About the Study of the U.S. Institutes Program
The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars are intensive post-graduate level academic programs that provide university faculty and other scholars around the world 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 enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad.
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars will be conducted by various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States over five-to-six weeks beginning in or after June 2023. Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and, if possible, up to two weeks of an integrated study tour to another region of the United States. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit http://exchanges.state.gov/susi to obtain general information about the Institutes.
Participants are expected to fully engage in all aspects of the program; they must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings Family members and/or friends may not accompany participants on any part of the U.S. component of the program.
Please note that should health, safety, and travel conditions pose significant challenges, SUSI will pivot to a virtual format.
There are six different program tracks to cater to different areas of interest/ research/ teaching:
- The Institute on American Politics and Political Thought will provide participants insight into how intellectual and political movements have influenced American political institutions and American democracy. It will explore the shaping of American identity and the chemistry between that identity and U.S. history, politics, and the democratic process. The Institute will cover a broad range of American experiences that have influenced and been influenced by American national identity. It will provide a deeper understanding of major currents in U.S. political thought, from the colonial period to the present, and explore contemporary U.S. political and social debates and public policy, relating them back to U.S. political thought and American identity. The University of Massachusetts will host the Institute in Amherst, MA.
- The Institute on Contemporary American Literature will provide participants with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American literature. It will examine how major contemporary writers, schools, and movements reflect the U.S. literary canon. The Institute will also explore the diverse communities and voices that constitute the American literary landscape and expose participants to writers who are establishing new directions for American literature. It will cover a variety of contemporary American writers and writing and discuss how the themes explored reflect larger currents within contemporary U.S. society and culture. The University of Montana (UM) in Missoula, MT will host this Institute.
- The Institute on Journalism and Media will provide participants with a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society. It will examine the role of journalists in recognizing and preventing disinformation and explore strategies for media and information literacy to counter disinformation. Additionally, the Institute will examine best practices in journalism by discussing the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, and international journalism. The program will also highlight the impact of technology in journalism, including the influence of the digital economy, globalization of the news media, and other changes that are transforming the profession. Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ will host the Institute.
- The Institute on U.S. Culture, Identity, and Society will provide participants with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions through the lens of diversity and national unity. It 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 American culture and society. New York University in New York, NY will host the Institute.
- The Institute on U.S. Economics and Sustainable Development will provide participants with a deeper understanding of key components and structures of the U.S. economy. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the program will explore various topics of socioeconomics, including how financial institutions, investors, and businesses interact to support sustainable economic development, innovation, and growth, and increasing diverse and equitable employment through institutional regulation, social inclusion strategies, and private and public policies. Throughout the Institute, participants will examine the interplay of climate change, U.S. business innovation, corporate regulation, entrepreneurship, and economic theory. Participants will have opportunities to learn about key institutions and stakeholders in the U.S. economy and meet with a diverse range of business leaders and small business owners, among others. The Institute for Training and Development (ITD), in conjunction with Suffolk University, will host the Institute in Amherst and Boston, MA.
- The Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy will provide participants with a deeper understanding of new approaches to U.S. foreign policy and how that policy is formulated and implemented. It will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy. The program will explain the role of key influences on 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. It will also examine the current landscape and emerging trends that are shaping U.S. foreign policy. The University of Delaware will host the Institute in Newark, DE.
Selected participants will be awarded the following:
- International airfare
- Housing and subsistence while in the U.S.
- Book, cultural, mailing, and incidental allowances
- Health insurance while in the U.S.
- U.S. visa support
Eligibility and Preferred Qualities:
- Singapore Citizen or Singapore PR
- Scholars and professionals with at least six years of experience and substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute (Participants are generally aged 30-50 and come from institutions of higher education or research-focused organizations such as non-profits and think-tanks)
- Ideal candidates are individuals whose home institution is 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.
- Dedicated to their field of expertise as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties
- Little to no experience in the U.S. is preferred
- September 1, 2022: Competition Opens
- November 4, 2022: Application Deadline
- Week of November 21, 2022: Interviews with Shortlisted Candidates
- Week of December 5, 2022: Notification of Candidacy by the Embassy
- Early April 2023: Selected Participants are Notified
- June 2023 or Later: Program Commences
To apply, please fill out the application form here. Please note that the deadline to apply is November 4, 2022.
Academic & Professional Exchanges Specialist
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Singapore
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