You can now apply for the 2015 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI), a five-week program in the U.S. for students between the age of 18 and 25. All costs are covered. You can apply for a place in the Social Entrepreneurship program or in the Environmental Stewardship program.
Deadline for applications: March 2, 2015
The Study of the U.S. Institutes will take place in June and July 2015. The Environmental Stewardship Institute will be hosted at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, and the Social Entrepreneurship Institute will be hosted at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Each Institute will have 20 participants and will include a four week academic residency component and a one week integrated study tour.
SUSI on Environmental Stewardship
The Study of the U.S. Institute for European Student Leaders on Environmental Stewardship will explore current themes in environmental studies, which may include natural resource management, sustainable development/ sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment. The program will be interactive and experiential, with field trips to research facilities and opportunities for classroom discussion. The issues will be explored from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulation. The Institute might also examine the relationship between environmental security and national security. In addition, the Institute will explore environmental issues in the context of a globalized society, and will draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries. We expect the Institute on Environmental Stewardship to provide opportunities for participants to engage with policy makers, individuals in technical positions, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and other key actors committed to the protection and management of the environment.
SUSI on Social Entrepreneurship
Study of the U.S. Institute for European Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship will examine social entrepreneurship in the United States, including the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. social enterprises. The program will be interactive and experiential, and will combine classroom instruction with panel discussions, business visits, and volunteer opportunities. The Institute will give participants a foundation in how to employ entrepreneurial skills to address social issues and will provide opportunities to meet with American local community leaders. The Institute may address topics such as business ethics, negotiations, emerging markets and risk analysis, microfinance, corporate social responsibility, strategic business planning and innovation, and women and minorities in entrepreneurship.
Note: In addition to the application, all applicants must submit two letters of reference and academic transcripts. An incomplete application may not be considered.
The participants are expected to be highly motivated first through third year undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education, who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. Their fields of study will be varied, and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields.
- be proficient in English
- be interested in the Institute topic
- be between 18 and 25 years of age
- have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies
- demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities
- indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States
- have a sustained high level of academic achievement
- demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities
- have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country
- be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country
You will find more information about the program on Fulbright.no