The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) Program

Please note that these are not Fulbright Awards, but grants from the U.S. Department of State, administered by the Fulbright Commission.

I. The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Civic Engagement will provide participants with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups.  The academic program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the United States, and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism.  In order to enhance the academic experience, to the Institute may focus on a specific theme or sub-themes such as civil rights and protections, public health, education, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, or media.  To the extent possible, academic sessions will be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above.  The Institute will encourage participants to develop innovative and practical plans to become engaged citizens in their own communities.

II. The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development will provide participants with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches by reviewing the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. entrepreneurial enterprises, including social enterprises, business leadership and women’s economic empowerment, in the United States and globally.  Topics may include, but are not limited to, trade, investment, financial literacy, banking, microfinance, organizational development and management, innovation, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, corporate social responsibility, and minorities in entrepreneurship.  To the extent possible, academic sessions will be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above.

Eligibility requirements

Participants are expected to be highly motivated 1st to 3rd year undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education. Fields of study may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields.

Applicants must:

• be a Swedish citizen;
• be proficient in English
• be between 18 and 25 years of age;
• have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program;
• demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
• have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
• demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
• have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
• be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
• be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,
• be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.

Please note: Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied. Please note that this Institute will 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. 
Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program. They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings. Candidates should be made aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.
Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the U.S. prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the U.S. after its end date. Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the U.S. If a relative or friend wishes to visit them, it will be addressed on a case by case basis, in consultation with the ECA program officer and the host institution. Participants are required to return to their home countries immediately following the end of the Institute. 
Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program. It is important that these requirements and restrictions be made clear to all candidates before nominations are submitted.

How To Apply?

Please download and complete the application. This year, the application may be submitted by email. You will also need to provide references from two (2) independent persons. Each referee should send the Reference Form directly to the Commission via email. The link to the form is on the first page of the SUSI program information.

The deadline for the SUSI applications is January 8, 2019. Please note that applicants must submit one scanned copy (via email) and one hard copy by post of their application to the Commission office. All applicants will be notified by the end of April 2019.

A transcript is a full list of courses and final grades that comes as an official document from a school. For SUSI applications, undergraduate transcripts (college courses and grades for each year) will be required if applicants are currently in college; this information can be obtained from the College Registrar. If applicants are in sixth year and going into college, then the final four years of secondary school (courses, grades, and exam results) will be required; this information can be obtained from the school guidance counsellor.

Please note that official transcripts (stamped and sealed) are not required unless you are successful. Therefore, photocopies or downloads are sufficient for the application.

For questions regarding this program, please contact Maria Carle at fulbright@fulbright.se / 08 534 818 85.