FY 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership

FY 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership

Interested Candidates should submit their nominations by December 9, 2017, by completing the following application form and sending to fulbrightcdi@state.gov

Application Form (PDF 208 KB)


1. The Study of the U.S. Branch (ECA/A/E/USS) is pleased to invite candidate nominations from Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia, for a summer 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership. The program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2018, pending availability of funds. Exact dates will be communicated at a later time. This Institute along with three other SUSIs on Women’s Leadership are currently being openly competed under one award; the recipient and implementing institutions will be known in April 2018.  The deadline for candidate nominations to be received is Friday, December 9, 2017.


2. The Study of the U.S. Branch has sponsored Student Leader Institutes since 2003. The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership began in 2010. In 2018 the Branch will host four Institutes on this theme under one award to one implementing partner.  The Institutes will take place simultaneously on different campuses and all participants will come together at an opening or closing conference.

3. Study of the U.S. Institutes (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. The five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community.  Each Institute will have 20 female participants and will include a four week academic residency component and a one week integrated study tour.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.  During the Women’s Leadership Conference, more than 80 SUSI participants will have opportunities to network with one another and to meet with inspiring U.S. women leaders.  The conference location will be communicated at a later date.

4. (U) The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership will examine the history and participation of women in public life in the United States. The Institute will focus on two major areas: developing participants’ leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and managerial abilities; and, placing these abilities in the context of the history and participation of women in U.S. politics, economics, culture, and society. The program will also examine the historical domestic progress towards women’s equality in the United States, the current domestic successes and challenges to women in a variety of fields, and current challenges in global women’s issues.


5. (U) Program Funding: Through the award given to the selected recipient organization and sub-awards to the host institutions, ECA will cover all participant costs, including: program administration; international and domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence. Unlike past years, the selected implementing partner will arrange participants’ international and visa travel costs and travel allowances.

6. (U) Housing and Meal Arrangements: Housing will be in university dorms or a full service hotel. Participants may be expected to share a room and bathroom with another student of the same gender. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.  It is important that nominees are aware of these arrangements and that they are comfortable with such accommodations.

7. (U) Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.

8. (U) Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $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.

9. (U) Program Requirements and Restrictions: 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.

10. (U) 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.

11. (U) 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.

12. (U) English Language Ability: All candidates must be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program. Host institutions will take into account that the level of comprehension and speaking ability of students may vary and will prepare lectures and discussions that meet the highest academic standards while using language appropriate for students where English is their second or third language.


13. (U) The participants are expected to be highly motivated first through third year undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education, who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. Their fields of study will be varied and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields. Emphasis should be made on recruiting participants from non-elite backgrounds, from both rural and urban areas, and with little or no prior experience in the United States or elsewhere outside their home country.  In addition, recruitment of participants should include the underserved, indigenous groups, people with disabilities, and ethnic minorities.

14. (U) Candidates nominated for this program will:

  • be female;
  • be proficient in English;
  • be interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership;
  • 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;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • 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.