The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders – Civic Engagement is a program that gives participants with an overview of how citizens, acting as individuals or groups have shaped U.S. history, government, and society. The academic program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the United States, and explore topics such as active citizenship, community building, public policy, political leadership, and volunteerism.
The five-week program offers a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The program will be conducted in Spanish and will take place at the Institute of Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Institute will encourage participants to develop innovative and practical plans to become engaged citizens in their own communities.
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 may engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom. For the closing of the program, fellows will travel to Washington, D.C., for a seminar with other leaders from Latin America.
Interested persons must fulfill all the following requirements:
Interested persons must take the following steps:
1. If you meet the eligibility criteria, complete the SUSI Civic Engagement 2024 Online Application at https://forms.gle/BSYa2nJu3Wvt8vyt8. If you encounter any difficulties filling out this form, e-mail us at Guatemala.BecasEEUU@state.gov.
Upload the following documents in the online form:
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.
Where will fellows live?
During the program, fellows will live in shared university dorms with common bathroom facilities on campus. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities.
What expenses does the SUSI scholarship 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 ineligible for this program.
Can a family member travel or stay with the SUSI program participant?
No. Relatives cannot travel or stay with participants during the program.
For more information about this scholarship, send an email with your questions to Guatemala.BecasEEUU@state.gov.
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