Study of the United States Institute for Secondary School Educators

APPLICATION PERIOD FOR SUMMER 2017 HAS ENDED

The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators is designed to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions. The Institute will take place over the course of five weeks in the beginning of June 2017.

What are Study of the U.S. Institute programs?

Participants spend approximately four weeks at host universities where they take part in a series of lectures, seminar discussions and site visits related to each institute’s theme. The programs provide educators with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture - past and present.

Each Institute concludes with a study tour, which complements the academic program and includes visits to sites of interest in another region of the country. The aim of the study tour is to showcase the rich cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary School Educators (Teachers)

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary School Educators (Teachers) will provide a multinational group of 20 experienced secondary school teachers with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture, - past and present. The focus of the Institute will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States. The program is organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization. Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined. The program will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society. The four-week academic residency will be complemented by a one week study tour. The aim of the study tour is to showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States. Pending grant approval by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host the Institute for 20 teachers beginning in June 2017. The host institution for the program will be confirmed in spring 2017.

Who Should Apply?

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school educators with little or no prior experience in the United States. Ideal candidates are individuals who are seeking to introduce to or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields. Candidates should be willing and able to take part fully in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.

It is imperative that all candidates demonstrate English language fluency. The programs are rigorous and demanding; participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions.

Applicants must be citizens of Finland. Please note that U.S. citizens are not eligible for the program.

Essential Program Information

Program Funding: The program will cover participant costs, including program administration, international travel, domestic travel and ground transportation, book allowance, some cultural activities, mailing and incidental allowances, housing, and subsistence.

Housing and Meal Arrangements: Participants may be asked to share living quarters during the residency portion (four weeks) of the Institute.  Private room accommodations cannot be guaranteed during the residency portion of the program.  During the study tour (up to one week), participants may share a hotel room with a participant of the same gender.  During the residency, housing will typically be in college or university owned housing.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.

Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State's health benefit with a 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. Information on the health benefit program may be found online at usdos.sevencorners.com. Participants are responsible for their own health and travel insurance for the duration of the program.

Program Requirements and Restrictions: Participants are expected to participate fully in the program. They are expected to attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings. Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program. Please note that the Institute should not be viewed as a research program.

How to Apply

Application form and one letter of recommendation from an individual who knows you in a professional capacity should be submitted no later than Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. to the office of Fulbright Finland Foundation, e-mail: office(at)fulbright.fi.

Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component, who have no prior or limited experience in the United States, and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past accomplishments and professional duties.

Deadline for Applications

For the summer 2017, applications are due Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. to the office of Fulbright Finland Foundation, e-mail: office(at)fulbright.fi

Interviews

Applicants that pass an initial screening will be invited for a personal interview. The interviews are compulsory and will take place at the office of Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki on January 18th and 19th. Candidates invited to the interviews will be notified via email a couple of days prior to the interviews. A copy of a passport will be requested prior to the interviews.

Fulbright Finland Foundation does not cover the expenses resulting from the interview. Fulbright Finland Foundation Board of Directors will select applications to be forwarded to the U.S. for consideration.

Final review of the international candidates and selection of the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars nominees from the multinational candidate pool will be conducted by the Study of the U.S. Branch of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Fulbright Finland Foundation organizes a full day pre-departure orientation for all Finnish Fulbright grantees on May 17, 2017. All grantees are expected to attend.

Web Resource

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit The Branch of the Study of the United States website to obtain general information about the Institutes.