2023 Study of the United States Institutes for Young Women Leaders Program

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is pleased to announce the 2023 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Young Women Leaders program. The program enhances participants’ knowledge of U.S. history, government, institutions, society, and culture while developing their leadership skills. It will examine topics including, but not limited to, active citizenship and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy, civil rights and protections, voting, social justice, gender equity, community-building, grassroots and youth activism, political leadership, media literacy, preventing disinformation, and volunteerism.

For more information on this program, students can visit the website of the U.S. Department of State Exchange Programs.

The program will include students from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia who are interested in women’s leadership.  The program will be hosted by Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana in the United States for five weeks beginning in June 2023. Exact dates will be determined at a later stage. Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the program will pivot to a modified virtual format.

Eligibility Requirements:

This program is merit-based.  To be considered, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Women aged 18-25;
  • Lebanese citizens or holders of the Special Travel Document for Palestinian Refugees issued by the Lebanese authorities (U.S. citizens, dual-U.S. citizens, and U.S. permanent residents are ineligible to apply);
  • Undergraduates in the first, second, or third year of a full-time undergraduate program at a registered academic institution in Lebanon at the time of application and have at least one semester remaining in their university studies after the end of this program; and
  • Fluent in English.

Qualified applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • Interest in the topic of Women’s Leadership;
  • Commitment to returning to Lebanon to complete university studies;
  • Commitment to community and extracurricular activities;
  • Willingness to participate in all aspects of the program; and
  • Comfort with campus life, shared living accommodations, and cultural/social adaptability.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM Beirut time on Saturday, December 31, 2022.  Late submissions will not be considered.

Click here to apply to the program. If you have an inquiry, please email BeirutPD@state.gov with the Subject Line “SUSI-Young Women Leaders Program”.

The U.S. Government pays for all major expenses, including roundtrip airfare, shared accommodation during the program, meals and health insurance.  Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, age, and/or physical impairment.