Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) For Secondary School Educators Summer 2019

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2018

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for the Summer 2019 Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and other related-field personals).

The SUSI for Secondary Educators is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of the Institute is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad.

This year, the Institute for Secondary School Educators focuses on classroom teachers.  The Institute will take place over the course of five weeks beginning June 2019.  Three Institutes for Secondary Educators will be offered, two with a focus on classroom teachers and the third with a focus on administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and ministry of education officials, among others.  Each Institute will have 20 participants and will include a four week academic residency component and a one week integrated study tour.


SUSI for Secondary School Educators: The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators will provide three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present.  The focus of the Institute will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.  To this end, the Institute is organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization.  Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined.  The programs will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.  The four week academic residencies will take place at U.S. universities, colleges, or other academic institutions and will consist of a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities.  One week study tours to a different region of the United States will complement the four week academic residencies.  One goal of the study tours is to showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.

Two of the Institutes will be tailored for secondary school teachers; please note that the main focus of the Institutes for teachers is on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy.  The third Institute will be tailored for experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others.

Housing and Meal Arrangements: Participants may be asked to share living quarters during the residency portion (four weeks) of the Institute. Private room accommodations are not guaranteed. During the study tour (up to one week), participants may share a hotel room with a participant of the same gender. During the residency, housing will typically be in college or university owned housing. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own. The host institutions will provide full details in pre-institute communications to participants at least six-weeks in advance of the Institute.

Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied. Please note that a portion of the program may take place during Ramadan. While the host institution will make every effort to accommodate participants who are fasting, participants should be made aware of the rigorous nature of the Institute and the expectation that the success of the Institute depends on their full participation.

Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s health coverage of up to $100,000, with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and a $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at


All participants are expected to participate fully in the program.  Selected participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.  Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program.  This is an intensive Institute, and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  The Institute is not a research program.


To be eligible for the program, applicants must:

  • Have no prior or limited experience in the United States.
  • Have firm plans to enhance, update, or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component.
  • Have special interest in the institute topic as demonstrated through past scholarships, accomplishments, and professional duties.
  • Be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school teachers.
  • Seek to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.
  • 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.


Please email a completed SUSI for Secondary School Educators Application Form to with “SUSI for Secondary School Educators – Summer 2019” as the subject line.  The application form can be downloaded here (Doc: 290KB).