Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Scholars on U.S. National Security Policymaking (Deadline: September 26, 2018)

Deadline for submission:  September 26, 2018

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Scholars on U.S. National Security Policymaking – Winter 2019.

SUSI for Scholars is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with an integrated study tour whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of this Institute is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

SUSI for Scholars will take place at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks. Each Institute includes a four week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website to obtain general information about the Institute. The website address is:

Institute Theme:                    U.S. National Security Policymaking

For whom:                             For Cambodian scholars

For how long:                        For six weeks

(Four weeks of residency, and two weeks for the study tour)

Program period:                   January 3 to February 15, 2019

Where:                                   The University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware


SUSI for Scholars on U.S. National Security Policymaking will provide a group of 18 scholars and professionals an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the foundations of U.S. national security policy and current threats facing the United States.  The Institute focuses on the formulation of U.S. foreign and national security policy and the role of the federal government, think-tanks, media, and public opinion in shaping that policy.  The Institute will be hosted by the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

The program will examine the question of how we discern U.S. national security policy continuities and changes that shape the policies and conduct of presidential administrations.  The Institute will encourage intellectual engagement, reflection, and interaction with U.S.-based experts to deepen scholar knowledge of the foundations and formulation of U.S. national security policy. The program utilizes a cross-cutting secondary theme titled, “the institutions and processes of national security policymaking” and focuses on four interconnected modules: 1) The U.S. view of the world and its place in the global system; 2) Terrorism and national security in the U.S. and abroad; 3) U.S. immigration and refugee policies; and 4) The search for the right balance between unilateralism and multilateralism.  Each week, scholars will participate in academic sessions, roundtable discussions with U.S. national security experts, and conversations with the broader Newark, Delaware community on key thematic topics.  The Institute participants will also travel to San Antonio and Austin, Texas; New York City, New York; Washington, D.C.; and other regional locales.


The selection process for SUSI for Scholars is highly competitive.  Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component; who have no prior or limited experience in the United States; and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must:

  • Be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated and experienced scholars and professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research-focused organizations (not-for-profits, think tanks, etc.). While the educational level of participants will likely vary, most should have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute or a related field.
  • Be an individual whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the Institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme.
  • Demonstrate English language fluency. Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs; participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions.  English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute, both for the applicant and participants from other countries.
  • Be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.

HOW TO APPLY: Please email a completed SUSI for Scholars Application Form to, with “SUSI for Scholars – Winter 2019” as the subject line.  The application form can be downloaded from this link.

FURTHER INFORMATION:  Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the website, or contact us at


All participants are expected to participate fully in the program.  Applicant should be aware that he/she is applying for an intensive program, and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  The Institute is not a research program.  Participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.  Family members and/or friends may not accompany participants on any part of the program.  Please note that Institute curriculum will not formally address teaching methodology and pedagogical methods.