The U.S. Embassy is seeking qualified Zambian nationals to apply for the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars programs.
SUSI Scholars programs are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present.
The Institutes will be conducted as traditional in-person six-week programs at U.S. host institutions. Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the programs will pivot to a modified virtual format.
- The Institute on American Culture and Values: will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The Institute will examine the ethnic, racial, social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested in U.S. society while focusing on the ways in which these cultures have influenced social movements and American identity throughout U.S. history.
- The Institute on Journalism and Media: will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign journalism instructors and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of the role that journalism and the media play in U.S. society. The Institute will examine the role of journalists in recognizing and preventing disinformation and will explore strategies for media and information literacy to counter disinformation.
- The Institute on Religious Pluralism in the United States: will provide a multinational group of up to 18 experienced foreign university faculty, scholars, researchers and religious leaders with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralism in the United States and its intersection with American democracy.
- The Institute on U.S. Economics and Business: will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty, researchers, experts and policymakers with a deeper understanding of key components and structures of the U.S. economy.
- The Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy: will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of new approaches to U.S. foreign policy and how U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented.
- The Institute on Workforce Development: will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how recent socioeconomic trends have changed the concept of work, workforce development, and career paths in the United States.
Candidate Description and Qualifications
- Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars are highly competitive. Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with focus or component on U.S. studies; who have none or limited experience in the United States; and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.
- Mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated and experienced professionals from institutions of higher education.
- Must have a graduate degree and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute.
- Experienced professional 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.
- Should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour. All participants are expected to participate fully in the program. This is an intensive program and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. Participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.
- Should demonstrate English language fluency (participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions).
- Have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component.
- Have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.
For more information, visit https://zm.usembassy.gov/education-culture/educational-professional-exchange-programs/