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Study of the U.S. Institutes

What are they?

Highly motivated 1st to 3rd year undergraduate students are invited to apply for Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for European Student Leaders taking place in June/July 2017. The application period is now open with a deadline of 5pm Monday 6th February 2017.

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 Social Entrepreneurship on offer for 2017. 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 2017 SUSI for European Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship will:

  • be hosted by the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
  • examine social entrepreneurship in the U.S. including the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. social enterprises
  • be interactive and experiential, combining classroom instruction with panel discussions, business visits, and volunteer opportunities
  • give participants a foundation in how to employ entrepreneurial skills to address social issues and will provide opportunities to meet with American local community leaders
  • address topics such as business ethics, negotiations, emerging markets and risk analysis, microfinance, corporate social responsibility, strategic business planning and innovation, and women and minorities in entrepreneurship
  • 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, D.C.

Eligibility

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 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 available for interview the week starting February 13th 2017
•be proficient in English
• be interested in the Institute topic
• 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, 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 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

*Please note that dual Ireland-US citizens are not eligible to apply

See the FAQs for more information.

How To Apply?

If you meet the criteria, please email paula.melvin@fulbright.ie 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 2017 SUSI Application Form and
Email one digital copy of the completed form, essays and a copy of your transcripts (together as one document, typewritten) to awards@fulbright.ie by the deadline.
• 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 Monday February 6th 2017:

Awards Manager,
The Fulbright Commission,
Brooklawn House,
Shelbourne Road,
Dublin 4,
D04 C2Y6

Deadline

The Deadline for receipt of soft and hard copy applications is 5pm Monday February 6th.

*Shortlisted applicants must be available to attend interview during the week starting February 13th at the Fulbright Offices in Dublin. Candidates will be notified of this date shortly after application.

Transcripts

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 paula.melvin@fulbright.ie.