Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars

“Participating in the SUSI Scholars scholarship helps improving teaching skills, learn of the good practices and grow as a professional.” Mynor Martinez, Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) Scholar Fellow

The goal of the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. This 5-week program combines classes, seminars, workshops and cultural visits.

The call for applications for the SUSI Scholars 2020 scholarship is currently open and will close on January 10, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Guatemalan time.

There will be five summer 2020 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for multinational groups on the following topics:

American Culture and Values

The Institute will promote American culture, leadership and values by providing a group of 18 university faculty with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, civil society institutions, democratic principles, human rights and the rule of law. The Institute will examine the concepts of American exceptionalism and American resilience through social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which, historically, various cultures have manifested and shaped contemporary U.S. culture, values, and society.  The Institute will include an integrated study tour to New Mexico and Washington D.C.

Journalism and Media

The Institute will examine the role of journalists in recognizing and preventing disinformation and will 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. In addition, the Institute will examine pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, critical thinking, reporting, interviewing, writing, and editing.  It will include an integrated study tour to Alabama, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

Religious Freedom and Pluralism

This Institute will provide a multinational group of up to 18 experienced foreign university faculty, scholars, researchers and religious leaders with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious freedom as a foundational American value.  The program will include a survey of the religious landscape of the United States, including major and minor religious groups; historic religious traditions and contemporary American religious groups will also be included.  The Institute will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States; examine interfaith understanding and dialogue, religious pluralism, freedom of religion as a fundamental unalienable human right and source of stability; and discuss ways in which religious freedom is protected.  In addition, the Institute will examine the intersections of religion and politics in the United States, especially in U.S. foreign policy.  Participants will have opportunities to meet with U.S. community leaders of different faiths who advocate for collaboration and tolerance among religious groups.

U.S. Foreign Policy

This Institute provides a deeper understanding of new approaches to U.S. foreign policy and how U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented.  The Institute will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy.  The Institute will explain the role of key players in 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.  The program will also examine the current U.S. foreign policymaking and the new trends that are shaping policy.  Topics such as the concept of American sovereignty, shifting attitudes towards globalism, U.S. foreign aid, the monitoring of foreign investment in the United States, the efforts to combat terrorism and radicalization, new trade policies and agreements, immigration and border safety, and cybersecurity will be included.

Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap

This SUSI program will provide a deeper understanding of how new socioeconomic trends have changed the concept of work, workforce development, and career paths in the United States.  The academic program will include a thorough discussion of the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries including business, technology, science, the creative arts, and other emerging fields.  Topics such as urbanization, globalization, economic development, and advances in technology such as automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence will also be included. The Institute will include an integrated study tour to Georgia, Oklahoma, and Washington D.C.

The programs will take place at various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States over the course of five weeks.

Candidate description:

  • Guatemalan citizens currently living in Guatemala.
  • Between the ages of 30-50 with more than 8 years of professional experience as a university professor or researcher.
  • Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent.
  • English language fluency is required. This will be tested.
  • Candidates should have firm plans to enhance, update, or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. Studies focus or component.

Program Requirements and Restrictions: All participants are expected to participate fully in the program. Please note that this is an intensive program, and participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.


Send the following documents with the Subject “SUSI Scholars: LASTNAME, Name” to the email address

  • Scan of your DPI or Passport
  • Scan of your Bachelor’s degree
  • Complete form available here: SUSI SCHOLARS APPLICATION FORM 2020 (PDF – 227KB)
  • Letter from your university stating how many years you have worked there

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Deadline: Applications will be received until January 10, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Guatemalan time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can family members of U.S. Embassy employees apply for the program? Immediate family members of U.S. Embassy employees are ineligible for this program.

Can a relative travel and stay with the participant during the Institute? No.  Relatives are NOT permitted to travel or stay with a participant during the program.

Where will fellows live? During the residency, housing will typically be in college or university owned housing.