Study of the U.S. Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking for Scholars and Professionals


Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on U.S. National Security Policymaking is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty, scholars and professionals the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the theme of the Institute as well of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of the program is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on U.S. National Security Policymaking takes place from January 3 to February 15, 2019 at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. The Institute includes a four week academic residency component and an integrated study tour.

Program description

The SUSI for Scholars on U.S. National Security Policymaking will provide a group of 18 scholars and professionals an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the foundations of U.S. national security policy and current threats facing the United States.  The institute focuses on the formulation of U.S. foreign and national security policy and the role of the federal government, think-tanks, media, and public opinion in shaping that policy.

The program will examine U.S. national security policy continuities and changes throughout different presidential administrations.  The Institute will encourage intellectual engagement, reflection, and interaction with U.S.-based experts to deepen scholar knowledge of the foundations and formulation of U.S. national security policy. The program focuses on four interconnected modules: 1) The U.S. view of the world and its place in the global system; 2) Terrorism and national security in the U.S. and abroad; 3) U.S. immigration and refugee policies; and 4) The search for the right balance between unilateralism and multilateralism.  Each week, scholars will participate in academic sessions, roundtable discussions with U.S. national security experts, and conversations with the broader Newark, Delaware community on key thematic topics. The Institute participants will also travel to San Antonio and Austin, Texas; New York City, New York; Washington, D.C.; and other regional locales.

Who Should Apply?

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced scholars and professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research focused organizations (not-for-profits, think-tanks, etc.). While the educational level of participants will likely vary, most should have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute or a related field.

Ideal candidates are scholars or professionals with little or no prior experience in the United States, whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the Institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme.

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

Essential Program Information

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

Housing and Meal Arrangements: When possible, participants will have a private room with a shared bathroom during the residency portion (four weeks) of the Institute, and will share hotel rooms during the study tour with another participant of the same gender (up to two weeks). Housing will usually 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.

Supplemental Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State's supplemental health benefit 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 Candidates are responsible for making sure that they have sufficient insurance coverage 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 teaching methodology and pedagogical methods will not be addressed formally in the Institute. The Institute should not be viewed as a research program.

How to Apply

2018-2019 Application Form for Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (DOCX, 454 KB)

Application form, CV, and one letter of recommendation from an individual who knows you in a professional capacity should be submitted no later than Tuesday, September 25, 2018 to the Fulbright Finland Foundation offce, e-mail:office(at)

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.

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


Applicants who pass an initial screening will be invited for a personal interview. Personal interviews are a compulsory part of the selection process. The interviews will take place at the Fulbright Finland Foundation office in Helsinki on October 8th. Candidates invited to the interviews will be notified via email by September 28, 2018. 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. Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking 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. Candidates will be notified regarding selection or non-selection by late November 2018.

Web Resource

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit The Branch of the Study of the United States and The University of Delaware websites to obtain general information about the Institutes.