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Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars

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 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars cycle will open in approximately October 2021. Its goal is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. This five-week program combines classes, seminars, workshops, and cultural visits.

The call for applications will be open to multinational groups on the following topics:

American Culture and Values

Journalism and Media

Religious Freedom and Pluralism

U.S. Foreign Policy

Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap

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

Submit your application from November 3, 2021 to December 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Candidate Profile:

  • Guatemalan citizen (no dual citizenship) living in Guatemala
  • Between the ages of 30 and 50
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience as a university professor or researcher
  • At a minimum, hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • English language fluency required. This will be tested.
  • Candidates should have firm plans to enhance, update, or develop courses and/or educational materials with U.S. studies focus or component.
  • Be eligible for a J-1 visa.

Important note for all potential applicants to U.S. exchange programs:

As of November 8, 2021, all non-U.S. citizens seeking to enter the United States by air are required to comply with new requirements related to COVID-19 testing and vaccination status. In order to be eligible for consideration at this time, you must be able to meet these new requirements.

Please review the information available here: https://gt.usembassy.gov/updated-requeriments-for-air-travelers-to-the-u-s-due-to-covid-19/.

For further details and guidance, we refer you to the U.S. CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html.

Program Requirements and Restrictions: All participants are expected to participate fully in the program. Please note this is an intensive program; participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the SUSI Scholars 2022 fillable form (PDF – 790KB) (If you should encounter any difficulties filling out this form, please email us at BecasEEUU@state.gov)
  2. Email the following documents with the subject line reading “SUSI Scholars: LASTNAME, Name,” to BecasEEUU@state.gov:
  • Scan of DPI or passport
  • Scan of bachelor’s degree
  • SUSI Scholars 2022 – completed application form      SUSI Scholars 2022 fillable form
  • Letter from your university stating how many years you have worked there.

NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


  • Call for applications is open from November 3 to December 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Interviews will be held in late January to early February,2022. Applicants selected to be interviewed will be contacted via email. Please note interviews will be conducted in English. Applicants who have not received an email invitation to be interviewed by February 20, 2022, were not selected to continue in the selection process.
  • It is anticipated that selected fellows will travel to the United States in 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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

Can a family member of a U.S. Embassy employee apply to the program?
Family members of U.S. Embassy employees are not eligible for this program.

Can a relative travel or stay with the SUSI program participant?
No. Relatives cannot travel or stay with the participants during the program.

Where do fellows live?
During the program, fellows live on campus, in shared university dorms with common bathrooms. Most meals are provided at camp.