2021 Study of the United States Institutes For Scholars

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is pleased to announce the 2021 Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars (SUSI).  SUSI programs are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide university faculty and other scholars with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, and institutions.  The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. SUSI program themes include: 1- American Values and Culture, 2- Journalism and Media, 3- Religious Pluralism in the United States, 4- U.S. Economics and Business, 5- U.S. Foreign Policy and 6- Workforce Development.

The programs will utilize a hybrid format with an initial virtual component of 36 hours taking place from June through August 2021.  Over a period of approximately two weeks in fall 2021 or winter 2022, an in-person component will take place in the United States at the host institution, contingent upon health, safety, and travel conditions.  Exact dates for both program components will be determined at a later time. Participants are required to fully participate in the entire virtual program from their home country in order to continue to the in-person program in the United States.

Candidates should be Lebanese or holders of the Special Travel Document for Palestinian Refugees. They should be between the ages of 30-50, university-level faculty or professionals from research focused organizations (non-profits, think tanks, etc.) and holders of at least a graduate (Masters) degree. Ideal candidates will have little or no prior experience in the United States and whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula. Candidates should be comfortable with campus life, shared accommodation and an active program schedule. American citizens or green card holders are not eligible to apply.

Please click here to learn more about the program.

Click here to apply to the program. Applications are due by Wednesday March 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM Beirut time. Inquiries can be addressed to BeirutPD@state.gov with the subject line: SUSI-Scholars Program.

As with all U.S. Embassy-sponsored programs, the U.S. Government pays for all major expenses, including roundtrip airfare, shared accommodation during the program, meals and health insurance.  Competition is merit-based and candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.