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.

There will be several summer 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for multinational groups on the following topics:

  • American Culture and Values

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.

  • American Politics and Political Thought

This program will explore particular themes including self-rule and limited government, liberty and freedom, individualism and identity, equality and inequality, and the American Dream.

  • Contemporary American Literature

This program will provide university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American (U.S.) literature.  Its purpose is to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary U.S. society and culture.

  • 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

  • Religious Freedom and Pluralism

Employing a multi-disciplinary approach and drawing on fields such as history, political science, anthropology and sociology, law, and others, the program will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between religion and state in the United States.  Participants will examine the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by the development of American-style democracy

  • U.S. Foreign Policy

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.

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

  1. Candidate description:
    • Guatemalan citizens currently living in Guatemala
    • Between the ages of 30-50 with more than 8 years of professional experience
    • Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent.
    • English language fluency (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
  1. Application

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

  1. Scan of your DPI or Passport
  2. Scan of your Bachelor degree
  3. Complete form available here: SUSI Scholars fillable form (PDF – 231KB)
  4. Letter from your university stating for how many years you have worked there

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  1. Timeline: The call for applications has closed and will reopen in the first months of 2020. All information will be posted here.
  1. Frequently asked questions

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.