Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) For Secondary School Educators Summer 2020

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2019

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for the Summer 2020 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 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators are intensive postgraduate

level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary school educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes. The address is:  http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

The SUSIs for Secondary Educators will take place over the course of five weeks beginning in late May/early June 2020. 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.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Study of the U.S. Institutes 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 Institutes will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States. Two of the Institutes are tailored for secondary school teachers; please note that the Institutes for Teachers focus on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy. The third Institute is tailored for experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others.

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 and colleges campuses 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 academic residencies. One goal of the study tours is to showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States. The program features curriculum based on the study of how America’s foundations and historical development have shaped and continue to inform U.S. politics, economics, and society. A key cultural component of the program involves community service activities, which will provide participants with a first-hand experience of how volunteerism plays a vital role in U.S. civil society. The program will offer multiple opportunities for follow-on engagement through alumni webinars, grant-funded follow-on projects, social media, and an alumni workshop at the end of the three-year award period in 2021.

OTHER ESSENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Program Funding:

ECA/A/E/USS will cover all participant costs including program administration; travel and

ground transportation in the United States; housing and subsistence; and book, cultural,

mailing, and incidental allowances.

Travel Arrangements:

For all Institutes, the University of Montana will arrange and pay for participants’ international travel, $100 travel allowance, and visa related travel costs, within set limits and in coordination with embassies. The University of Montana will also provide each participant with a $100 travel allowance. In all Institutes, the host institutions will cover all travel within the United States during the Institute.

Housing and Meal Arrangements:

Participants may be asked to share living quarters during the residency portion (four weeks) of the Institute. 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 to participants in preinstitute communications via email and several webinars approximately six-weeks in advance of the Institute. Host institutions will take care to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.

Health Benefits:

All participants will receive the Department of State’s 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. Information on the health benefit program may be found online at https://www.sevencorners.com/gov/usdos.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

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.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email a completed SUSI for Secondary School Educators Application Form to PASExchanges@state.gov with “SUSI for Secondary School Educators – Summer 2020” as the subject line.  The application form can be downloaded here.

Deadline for submission:  December 31, 2019

Program Requirements and Restrictions:

All participants are expected to participate fully in the program. 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. 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. Candidates should be made aware that 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.