SUSI Undergraduate Awards
What are they?
The application period for the 2018 SUSI Undergraduate Award to examine Civic Engagement in the U.S. is now open, with a deadline of 5pm on Thursday 4th January 2018.
Highly motivated 1st to 3rd year undergraduate students are invited to apply for the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for European Student Leaders taking place June/July 2018.
SUSIs are 5-week short-term, academic programs providing undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the U.S., while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. Coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The programs includes an academic residency component of approximately 4 weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately 1 week.
There is one Institute on Civic Engagement on offer for 2018. This grant includes airfare, tuition and fees, lodging and meals at the host university, and a daily incidentals allowance. Visa sponsorship and accident and sickness coverage are included. A range of associated academic and cultural programming will also be covered.
The 2018 SUSI for European Student Leaders on Civic Engagement will:
- be hosted by the University of South Carolina
- consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures on Civic Engagement
- provide participants with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups
- define civic engagement, examine its development in the U.S., and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism
- discuss other topics such as civil rights, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, and media
- provide students with an opportunity to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of non-profit organizations
- be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field
- conclude with a visit to Washington DC
How to Apply?
Participants are expected to be highly motivated 1st to 3rd year undergraduate students (where 3rd year is not final year) from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education. Fields of study may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields.
Candidates for this program must:
• be Irish citizens, or resident in Ireland for the last 3+ years (dual Irish-U.S. citizens are not eligible, please see FAQs)
• be proficient in English
• be interested in the Institute topic: Civic Engagement
• be 18-25 years of age
• have at least 1 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 & potential in their university / community activities
• indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States
• have a sustained high level of academic achievement
• demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities
• have little or no prior study or travel experience in the U.S. 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
• 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
If you meet the criteria, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your interest. In your email please state:
• Your full name
• Your current educational institution
• Your current year at university
After sending this email, you must then complete the application form and email one digital copy of the completed form, essays and a copy of your transcripts (together as one document, typewritten) to email@example.com by the deadline.
You must also send 3 hard copies of the completed form, essays & transcripts, along with your references (as instructed on the application form – please follow the guidelines carefully), to the below address by the deadline of 5pm Thursday 4th January 2018:
The Fulbright Commission,
See the FAQs for more information.
The Deadline for receipt of soft and hard copy applications is 5pm on Thursday 4th January 2018.
*Shortlisted applicants must be available to attend interview during the third week of January in the Fulbright Offices in Dublin. Shortlisted candidates will be notified of the exact date shortly after application.
A transcript is a full list of courses and final grades that comes as an official document from a school. For Summer Institute applications, undergraduate transcripts (college courses and grades for each year) will be required if applicants are currently in college; this information can be obtained from the College Registrar. If applicants are in sixth year and going into college, then the final four years of secondary school (courses, grades, and exam results) will be required; this information can be obtained from the school guidance counsellor. Please note that official transcripts (stamped and sealed) are not required unless you are successful. Therefore, photocopies or downloads are sufficient for the application.
Any queries on the Summer Institute Awards can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.