Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators

Program Overview

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators is an intensive post-graduate-level academic program with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide secondary educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others) the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The focus of the Institutes will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.  To this end, the Institutes are organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization.  Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined.  The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad.

Please note that teachers who are more interested in teaching methods and pedagogy rather than U.S. studies should apply for the Teaching Excellence in Achievement (TEA) program.

Program Provision

  • J-1 visa support;
  • A pre-departure orientation held in participants’ home country;
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the United States;
  • Housing (generally shared with other program fellows);
  • Accident and sickness medical insurance coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions);
  • An allowance for meals and incidentals during the academic program; and

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • be either a full-time secondary school teacher in a school that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population, or experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others;
  • have at least seven or more years of full-time, relevant employment;
  • demonstrate English language fluency during mandatory face-to-face interviews;
  • have commitment to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields;
  • be citizens of and residents in Uzbekistan; and
  • have submitted a complete application.

Program Requirements and Restrictions

All participants are expected to participate fully in the program.  Selected participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.  Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program.  Candidates should be made aware that this is an intensive Institute and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  The Institute is not a research program.

Program Duration

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will take place over the course of five weeks in May-June 2020.

Application Components and Submission

A completed application consists of the following:

  • Application (DOCX 26 KB);
  • CV
  • A copy of your passport (pages 2-3).

A completed application package must be sent to Tashkent-Advising@state.gov by 18:00 (local time in Uzbekistan) on December 25, 2019.

Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.  Answer all questions as fully as possible.  On this note, if you decide to send a scan of your application, check to make sure the scans are legible – if you cannot read them, we will not be able to read them.

Questions

Please email your questions to: Tashkent-Advising@state.gov with “SUSI for Secondary School Educators” in the subject line of all emails.