SUSI: Secondary Educators

Ana Julissa Axpuac, SUSI Secondary Educator 2019 Fellow, on a visit to Washington D.C.
Ana Julissa Axpuac, SUSI Secondary Educator 2019 Fellow, on a visit to Washington D.C.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours for secondary school educators and administrators to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.

Selected fellows will be part of a multinational group of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others).

More about the scholarship

Selected secondary educators will travel to the U.S. for four weeks. The four-week academic residencies will take place at U.S. universities and colleges campuses 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 academic residencies.

Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values.  The programs will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.

The costs of international travel, accommodations, meals, books, and cultural activities will be covered by the scholarship.

 Who can apply?

Candidates that fulfill all the following requirements:

  • Guatemalan citizens with no dual U.S. citizenship.
  • Mid-career professionals, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated and experienced secondary school teachers and administrators.
  • Individuals who are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.  While the nominee’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, the potential impact and multiplier effect is equally important.)
  • English language fluency.
  • Eligible for a J-1 Visa.

Please note that priority will be given to secondary educators from public institutions located in rural areas and to those with no previous U.S. experience.

U.S. government employees and their family members are not eligible for this program.

How can I apply?

  1. If you fulfill the eligibility requirements, complete the SUSI Secondary Educators 2020 Fillable Form available here. (PDF – 262 KB)
  2. Submit to this email address the following documents (named and ordered in this way)
    1. Completed form (.pdf)
    2. Scan of your ID Document (DPI or passport) (.pdf)
    3. Proof of employment as a secondary educator for more than five years. (.pdf)
    4. Recommendation letter from your employer

    When sending your application put in the Subject Field the following text: SUSI Secondary Educators 2019 Application – LASTNAME, NAME.  

    Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be reviewed.

    Email address:


    Deadline to submit applications: January 5, 2020 (11:59 p.m. Guatemalan time).
    Interviews will be held in late January, early February 2020. Applicants selected for the interviews will be contacted via email. Please note that the interviews will be held in English.

    If by February 1, 2020 you have not received an email invitation to the interview, you were not selected to continue in the process.

    Selected fellows will travel to the U.S. in May or June 2020