The US Embassy in Malta is pleased to announce that Study of the US Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) will be receiving applications until 15 January 2019.
Study of the US Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) consist of intensive postgraduate level academic programmes with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university academic staff and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of US 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 US Institutes for Scholars will take place at various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in or after June 2019. Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour to another region of the United States.
Visit the website for detailed information about the Institutes http://exchanges.state.gov/susi
- American Culture and Values
- American Politics and Political Thought
- Contemporary American Literature
- Journalism and Media
- Religious Freedom and Pluralism
- US Foreign Policy
- Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap
This initiative is fully funded by the US Department of State. Housing and meal arrangements will be made by the US Department of State.
The Institute is not a research programme. Participants must attend all lectures and organised activities and complete assigned readings. Family members and/or friends may not accompany participants on any part of the programme. The Institute curriculum will not formally address teaching methodology and pedagogical methods.
Study of the US Institutes for Scholars is highly competitive. Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a US studies focus or component; who have no prior or limited experience in the United States; and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties. In addition, ECA/A/E/USS makes every effort to have both a geographic and gender balance in the makeup of the Institute.
Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated, experienced scholars and professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research focused organisations (not-for-profits, think tanks, etc.). While the educational level of participants will likely vary, most should have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute or a related field.
Ideal candidates are individuals whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of US 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 specialised seminars/workshops for professionals in US studies areas related to the program theme. While the nominee’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, the potential impact and multiplier effect of the Institute is equally important. Ideal candidates will have little or no prior experience in the United States.
Institutes are rigorous and demanding programmes. Participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions. English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute.
Contact the Ms Joanna Zingariello, Press, Protocol and Exchanges Assistant, US Embassy Valletta, Malta by email for full details.