SUSI Indigenous and Afro-descendant student leaders at the University of Arizona,
The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive short-term academic programs that provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The five-week program offer a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.
The first part is a four-week academic residency that provides participants an overview of the history and contributions of diverse women in public life in the United States to promote effective democracies. This is followed by a one-week educational tour in which participants visit a different part of the United States. The program will be conducted in Spanish and will take place at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
Who can apply?
Interested parties must meet all the following requirements:
⦁ Be a female Guatemalan citizen of indigenous or African descent
⦁ Be proficient in Spanish
⦁ Be between 18 and 24 years old
⦁ Have completed at least one (1) semester of undergraduate studies and have at least one (1) semester left of undergraduate studies and therefore committed to return to your home university following completion of the program
⦁ Prove a consistently high level of academic achievement (GPA, or grade point average, of 85 or in the top 15 percent of your class rank)
⦁ Provide information regarding awards and teacher recommendations
⦁ Demonstrate strong leadership qualities, with at least one year of experience in university or community activities, or equivalent employment
⦁ Be willing and able to participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel
⦁ Have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of Guatemala
⦁ Be comfortable with campus life and willing to share accommodations
⦁ Be eligible for a J-1 visa
How to apply
Interested persons must take the following steps:
⦁ If you meet the eligibility criteria, complete the SUSI Indigenous and Afro-descendant Women 2023 Online Application (if you encounter any difficulties filling out this form, email us at ⦁ Guatemala.BecasEEUU@state.gov.
⦁ Upload the following documents in the online form:
⦁ Certificate issued by your university confirming your GPA
⦁ Letter of recommendation from a university professor or mentor (PDF)
Note: Please use the following format for the filenames of all PDFs submitted:
Last name, document type (Example: LASTNAME – Passport.pdf)
⦁ Applications for the 2023 cycle are open between October 31, 2022, and December 13, 2022 (closes 3:00 p.m., Guatemala time, on that date)
⦁ Interviews will be held in January 2023. Please note this is a highly competitive scholarship. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted via email. Applicants who have not received an email inviting them to an interview by January 10, 2023, have not been selected to continue in the selection process.
⦁ Selected fellows are expected to travel to the United States in 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t have a visa. May I apply?
Yes. Having a visa is not required to apply. Candidates should be eligible for a J-1 visa.
What expenses does the scholarship cover?
The scholarship covers the costs of visa, travel, accommodation, tuition fees, and medical insurance while in the United States.
Can a family member of a U.S. Embassy employee apply to the program?
Family members of U.S. Embassy employees are ineligible for this program.
Can a family member travel with the SUSI program participant?
No. Relatives cannot travel or stay with participants during the program.
Where will the fellows live?
During the program, fellows live in shared university dorms with common bathrooms on campus. Most meals are provided on campus.
For more information about this scholarship, send an email with your questions to Guatemala.BecasEEUU@state.gov.