About the Study of the U.S. Institutes Program
The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs that provide secondary school educators and administrators 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.
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 illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society, and feature 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.
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will take place at various academic institutions throughout the United States over the course of five weeks beginning in June 2023. Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and, if possible, a one-week 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.
The four-week academic residencies will take place at U.S. university and college campuses 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 will complement the academic residencies and showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States. A key cultural component of the program involves community service activities, which provides participants with first-hand experience of the vital role of volunteerism 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.
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 two different program tracks to cater to different groups of educators:
- Secondary Educators (Teachers)—This track is tailored specifically for classroom teachers. Please note that the program will focus on providing content and materials to develop high school level curricula about the United States, rather than on teaching methods and pedagogy. This track will allow teachers to delve into either of the following themes:
- Democracy and citizenship; or
- The evolution of individual rights and social obligations through American history.
- Secondary Educators (Administrators)—This track is tailored for experienced administrators, including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others. This track will allow administrators to focus on sociocultural understanding, equitable learning communities, and diversity and inclusion in U.S. education and society.
- 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
- Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated, experienced secondary school teachers and administrators
- Ideal candidates are individuals whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, develop new courses in the subject of the Institute, enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme.
- Dedicated to the field of secondary education 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: Program Commences
To apply, please fill out the application form here. Please note that the deadline to apply is November 4, 2022.
For more information, please contact:
Academic & Professional Exchanges Specialist
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Singapore
27 Napier Road