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SUSI for Young Women Leaders 2024
September 27, 2022

SUSI for Young Women Leaders 2024



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.  Each Institute hosts 20 participants.  The Institutes consist of a four-week academic residency with a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  Site visits, leadership development, cultural activities, and community service complement the coursework and academic sessions.  If conditions allow, the Institutes will include a one-week integrated study tour in the United States.  Note that if the program must take place virtually, participants will engage in similar activities but online from their home countries

The SUSI for Young Women Leaders on Economic Empowerment, hosted by the University of Delaware in Newark, DE, will examine topics including, but not limited to, an overview of the U.S. economic system and structures, economic prosperity and opportunity, building sustainable economies, inequities in economies, financial access, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems, social capital development, financial literacy, and organizational development and management.  The posts in the following countries may each nominate three (3) principal candidates and three (3) alternate candidates for this Institute: Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.



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 placed on recruiting participants from historically underserved and disadvantaged groups, including minority communities, and individuals with disabilities, and who have little or no international experience.

Qualified candidates for this program should:

  • be female;
  • demonstrate English language proficiency (speaking, reading, writing, listening);
  • demonstrate interest in the Institute topic, especially the specific Institute theme;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and be committed to returning 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 service 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 to respectfully engage with fellow participants representing different backgrounds and different points of view;
  •  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 adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.

To apply, please download the application form here : 2024 SUSI Student Leaders Nomination Form. Please send completed application forms to civ.eca_exchanges@state.gov.

FAQ here : Frequently-Asked-Questions- (1)

Submission deadline: November 06, 2023 at Midnight (00H00)