2022 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement

 2022 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement

Deadline to Apply: Monday, October 31, 2021

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Mozambique welcomes applications for a hybrid 2022 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders. SUSI for Student Leaders programs are designed to provide undergraduate students with leadership skills, academic programs to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions through intensive academic programs at U.S. Universities and study tours throughout the country.

Program Details: SUSI for Student Leaders are intensive academic programs hosted by U.S. universities to provide undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States and simultaneously enhance their leadership skills.

SUSIs for Student Leaders are intensive short-term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, Institutes have converted to a hybrid format with virtual and in-person components.

The hybrid Institute will consist of a five-week virtual component from January 10 to February 11, 2022, offering both synchronous and asynchronous activities, and a two-week in-person component, at the host institution in the United States, tentatively scheduled for spring 2022, contingent upon health, safety, and travel conditions related to the pandemic.

The U.S. component will be organized taking into consideration all necessary safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, local, and campus authorities.

Participants must complete the virtual program to be eligible for the in-person U.S. component. The program will be conducted in English.

This 5 week SUSI Program 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.  Academic sessions will be complemented with interactive 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.

All program expenses will be covered by the U.S. Department of State. More information on the program and Study of the U.S. Institutes can be found online at: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi. 

The Department of State will cover all participant costs including program administration; travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing, and incidental allowances; technology stipends; and housing and subsistence, international and visa travel costs, travel allowances and health benefits for the in-person component.  Participants will also be provided with a technology stipend to offset costs associated with participation in the virtual program component.  

Program Model:  The virtual program will consist of a minimum of 36 hours of required programming and will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.  To the extent possible, the virtual programming will include lectures, small group discussions, videos, readings, panels, site visits, assignments, and individual and group activities.  Participants are required to fully participate in the entire virtual program.  Participants must complete the virtual program to be eligible for the in-person program in the United States.

In order to successfully participate in the initial virtual program, participants must have access to a computer and a stable internet connection.  For the in-person component of the program, the host institutions will provide participants with access to a computer and internet.

Participants will be expected to actively engage in all program activities, and therefore, should immediately notify of any issues with their online access during the duration of the program as well as any difficulties affecting their participation.

Candidate Description and Qualifications: Candidates must be highly motivated, first through third year undergraduates aged 18-25, who demonstrate strong leadership through high academic achievement, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.  Their fields of study can vary, and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields. However, candidates must indicate a serious interest in civic engagement and learning about the United States. Candidates should have sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to participate in a university-level academic program. Candidates must have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies and, after the in-person component, be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program., be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive.

Candidates should be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive virtual academic program (note that participation in the in-person program component of the Institute is expected and encouraged but not required). During the in-person component, the candidate should be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.

Candidates from non-elite backgrounds, from both rural and urban sectors, and with little or no prior experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of Mozambique will receive priority.  To the extent possible, nominations should be focused on historically underserved, indigenous groups, and minority communities.

Candidates should have sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to participate in a university-level academic program.

Deadline to Apply: Monday, October 31, 2021.

A complete application package will include the following:

  • Application Form (DOCX 204KB)
  • Curriculum Vitae (English version)
  • Signed letter of recommendation from Teacher/Supervisor (Portuguese or English version)
  • Identification Document (photocopy)

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

To submit an application by e-mail, send materials to MaputoExchangePrograms@state.gov with your name and “2022 SUSI for Student Leaders Program” in the subject line.

For more information on the SUSI Program, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/susi or e-mail MaputoExchangePrograms@state.gov.