2020 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) Program for Student Leaders

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Mozambique welcomes applications for the 2020 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) Program for Student Leaders. SUSI programs are designed to provide undergraduate student 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. This 5 week SUSI Program will provide students with an overview of how citizens in the U.S. 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 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.

Other topics such as Civil Rights, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Leadership, and Media will be discussed. Following a four week academic residency, participants will take part in a one-week study tour to Washington, DC, and New Orleans, Louisiana, where participants will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field. Leadership sessions and Community Service activities, as well as getting to know Americans, are also integral components of the SUSI Program. This program will take place from January 4 – February 8, 2020. The Institute will be conducted in English and will be hosted at the Foundation for International Understanding through Students (FIUTS) in Seattle, Washington, via an award to Meridian International Center.

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: exchanges.state.gov/susi.

The Department of State will cover travel and ground transportation, as well as book, cultural, housing, subsistence, mailing, incidental allowances and health benefits for all participants.

To obtain more information on the Study of the U.S. Institutes program, visit:  http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

Candidate Description and Qualifications: Candidates should: 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 upon completion of the SUSI program.  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: Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

A complete application package will include the following:

  • Application Form (PDF 93KB)
  • 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 “2020 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.