Call for Nominations: 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators

Email applications to with “SUSI Secondary School Educators (Teachers)” and your name in the subject line.
Deadline is January 1, 2018.
The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators (Teachers) is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institute is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad. Posts and prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes.
Institute Description:
The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will provide multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present. The focus of the Institutes will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States. The four week academic residencies will take place at U.S. universities, colleges, or other academic institutions 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 four week academic residencies. One goal of the study tours is to showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.
The opportunity is opened for one teacher and one administrator from Sudan; for a total of up to two nominations.
ELIGIBILITY: SUSI is highly competitiveand aims for geographic and gender balance.Priority is given to candidates with:
 firm plans to enhance, update, or develop courses/materialswith a U.S. studies focus or component;
 limited or no prior experience in the United States; and
 Special interest in the institute topic as demonstrated through pastscholarship, accomplishments, and duties.
Candidates should be mid-career, typically aged 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school educators (teachers, trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, administrators, ministry officials, or other professionals with responsibility for secondary education). Ideal candidates are seeking to introduce or enhance U.S. studies in their curricula or offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.
English fluency is vital to a successful experience. Institutes are rigorous; participants are expected to read substantial assignments inEnglish and actively participate in all discussions.
Other Essential Program Information:
FUNDING: The U.S. Department of State will cover program costs, includingair travel and groundtransportation in the United States, as well as cultural, housing, subsistence, mailing, books, and incidental allowances.
HOUSING & MEALS: Participants may share living quarters during the four-weekresidency. Private rooms cannot beguaranteed. .
REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS: All participants are expected to participate fully, attend all lectures and activities, and complete assigned readings. Family and/or friendscannot accompany participants on any part of the program.
Frequently Asked Questions:
a. What degree of English proficiency is necessary? Participants must be fully proficient in English, so they can fully understandlectures, actively participate in discussions, and read andwrite assignments in English.
b. To what extent do the Institutes cover teaching methods and pedagogy? SUSIs for SecondaryEducators focus primarily on content, materials, and education related to the United States.
c. Can a nominee who is a dual citizen (U.S. and country oforigin) participate in Study of the U.S. Institutes? No.U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) are NOT eligible to participate in this program.
d. How much free time/time for independent research will aparticipant have during the program? There will be somefree time during the program as well as some time designated for independent research.
e. If a nominee has relatives in the United States, wouldhe/she have time to see them? Because of the intensivenature of the Institutes, participants will NOT be able toleave the Institute to visit relatives or friends.
f. Can a relative travel and stay with the participant duringthe Institute? No. Relatives are NOT permitted to travelor stay with a participant during the program. .
g. Can a participant miss one part or component of theInstitute? No. All participants are expected to participate in all scheduled lectures, events, site visits, trips, and activities.
h. How much money will participants need to bring? The program covers all transportation, lodging, and meal costs. Participants will receive a stipend topurchase books and research materials.Participantsshould bring their own spending money if they wish to purchase souvenirs or other items.