SUSI – Student Leaders – Public Policy

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) Student Leaders Public Policy and Indigenous Women, 2019 cohort.
Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) Student Leaders Public Policy and Indigenous Women, 2019 cohort.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders – Public Policy scholarship is a five-week program that gives participants an introduction to the U.S. federal system, as well as knowledge about the role of non-governmental institutions. The program will be conducted in Spanish and will take place at the Institute of Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, Massachusetts.

The application for the 2020 cycle is now open and will close on January 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Guatemalan time.

Student Leaders from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico interested in the topic of Public Policymaking will participate in this scholarship that will take place from July to August 20.

Since 2003, the SUSI scholarship has provided fellows the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the U.S. and improve their leadership skills. The five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom. For the conclusion of the program fellows will travel to Washington, D.C. for a seminar with other leaders from Latin America

Who can apply?
Candidates who meet all the following requirements may apply:

  • Guatemalan citizens, without dual US citizenship.
  • Guatemalans who were born and currently live in one of these departments: Totonicapán, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, San Marcos or Sololá.
  • Between 18 and 25 years old.
  • Full time university students who have completed at least two (2) semesters of university studies and have at least one (1) semester remaining before graduation. Applicants must be studying at a university based in Guatemala.
  • Academic average of 85 points or higher. Must provide documentation from university showing grade point average or position in class in top 15%.

How and when to apply?
The application for the 2020 cycle is now open and will close on January 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Guatemalan time.Those interested should follow the following steps:

  1. If you meet the eligibility criteria, complete the  SUSI Public Policy 2020 fillable form (PDF – 228KB)
  2. Send an email with the following documents:
    1. Scan of your ID (DPI or Passport) in .pdf format
    2. Certificate issued by your university with your General Point Average (GPA)
    3. Recommendation letter from a university professor or mentor. (.pdf)

All documents must have the last name of the participant and the type of document. For example: LASTNAME – Passport.pdf

  1. Send the application by email to BecasEEUU@state.govwith the reference: SUSI – Public policies – SURNAME, NAME

Next steps

This is a highly competitive scholarship. Persons selected for an interview will receive an email with more information. If by February 20, 2020 you have not received an email, you were not selected to proceed to the next phase in the process.

Interviews will take place in the first week of February 2020 at the Instituto Guatemalteco Americano (IGA) located in Quetzaltenango.

Interviews will take place in Spanish and last about 15 minutes. The panel will ask questions and the applicant will give a two-minute presentation on a preestablished topic. These topics will be specified via email and cover general knowledge of the history, politics, current affairs and cultural diversity of Guatemala.

What expenses do scholarships cover?
The scholarship covers the costs of visa, travel, accommodation, tuition fees and medical insurance.

During the program fellows will live in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities.