Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Young Women Leaders

2022 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Young Women Leaders

Program Overview

SUSI for Young Women Leaders are intensive short-term academic summer programs whose purpose is to provide groups of student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  The Institutes consist of a four-week academic residency with a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  Site visits, leadership development, cultural activities, and community service complement the coursework and academic sessions.  If conditions allow, the Institutes will include a one-week integrated study tour in the United States.  The program will begin in June 2022.

The program is open to first- through third-year female undergraduate students, or fourth-year female undergraduate students at universities with a five-year curriculum, who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement and extracurricular activities, have a strong interest in women’s development issues, and have a good command of English.

The SUSI for Young Women Leaders Program enhances participants’ knowledge of U.S. history, government, institutions, society, and culture while developing their leadership skills.  The Institutes will incorporate a focus on American historical events as well as contemporary American life including current political, social, and economic debates in a pluralistic society.

In 2022, SUSI for Young Women Leaders will focus on Environmental Issues and will examine topics including, but not limited to, climate change, sustainable development, clean energy, conservation, environmental justice, ocean protection, pollution, ecotourism, water access, climate entrepreneurship, sustainable agricultural practices, public health, and the impact of climate change on underserved, youth, and monitory populations, and communities including women.

The Institutes will also provide participants with opportunities to discuss current U.S. and global women’s issues such as: progress and opportunities for women’s leadership, combatting violence against women, addressing income disparity and other challenges to women in the workplace, women’s health issues, and the ways in which women can contribute to global peace, security, and stability.  The program will examine the participation of women through environmental issues.

Please note that if health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the program may pivot to a modified virtual format.  If the program must take place virtually, participants will engage in similar activities but online from their home countries.

Program Funding

The program will cover all participant costs, including international travel, travel allowances, domestic travel, ground transportation, book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances, and housing and meals.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be female;
  • Be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • Be a full-time first-year, second-year, or third-year undergraduate student at an accredited higher educational institution in Uzbekistan;
  • Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English;
  • Be interested in the Institute topic (environmental issues);
  • Have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies after program conclusion (July 2022), and be committed to returning to their home universities following the program;
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
  • Have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades and awards;
  • Demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
  • Have little or no prior study or travel experience in the U.S.;
  • Be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, and inquisitive.

Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, or national origin.  Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application package should include the following:

  • Completed application form (DOC 150 KB)
  • Official transcript in English (Please enclose your university grades for the most recent semester.  First-year students should submit grades from their final year at a high school, lyceum, or specialized college)
  • Scanned copy of passport ID page

How to Apply

Application package must be submitted via e-mail to Tashkent-Program@state.gov no later than 18:00 (local time in Uzbekistan) on December 20, 2021, with “Application for SUSI for Young Women Leaders” in the subject line.  All application documents must be sent in one email!

Incomplete applications will be disqualified and will not be reviewed by the SUSI Selection Panel.

Questions?

Any questions related to the program should be sent to Tashkent-Program@state.gov.