SUSI: Student Leaders – Public Policy Making

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 four-week academic residency will provide participants with an overview of the U.S. Federalist system of government as well as the role of non-governmental institutions such as civic organizations, the media, and the private sector in the creation of U.S. public policy and supporting effective democracies.

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.

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

Who can apply?

Candidates nominated for this program will:

  • Be Guatemalan citizens proficient in Spanish;
  • Be born and currently living in one of the following departments: Huehuetenango, Quiché, San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Sololá or Totonicapán;
  • Be interested in the topic of Public Policymaking;
  • Be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have completed at least one semester of undergraduate studies and have at least one semester left of undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program;
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
  • Have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards and, teacher recommendations; Prove a high level of academic achievement with a grade point average of 85 or be in the top 15% of your class rank;
  • Have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country.

How can I apply?

  1. If you fulfill the eligibility requirements complete the SUSI Public Policy fillable form (PDF – 511KB)
  2. Submit completed form, a certificate from your University that states your average and a scan of your DPI to this email address:
  3. When sending your application put in the Subject Field the following text: SUSI Public Policy 2019 Application – LAST NAME, NAME.


Applications for the 2018 cohort are closed and will reopen in December 2019.