STUDY OF THE U.S. INSTITUTE (SUSI) ON U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY POLICYMAKING

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September 5, 2018
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Mongolia

Call for Applications: PAS-Ulaanbaatar-014

Winter 2019 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on U.S. National Security Policymaking

The U.S. Embassy in Mongolia is pleased to announce the opening of the application process for the winter 2019 Study of the U.S Institutes (SUSI) for multinational Scholars on U.S. National Security Policymaking.  SUSIs for Scholars 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, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of these Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

The SUSI for Scholars on U.S. National Security Policymaking will provide a group of 18 scholars and professionals with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the foundations of U.S. national security policy and current threats facing the United States.  The Institute focuses on the formulation of U.S. foreign and national security policy and the role of the federal government, think-tanks, media, and public opinion in shaping that policy. The Institute will be hosted by the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

The program will examine U.S. national security policy continuities and changes throughout different presidential administrations.  The Institute will encourage intellectual engagement, reflection, and interaction with U.S.-based experts to deepen scholar knowledge of the foundations and formulation of U.S. national security policy. The program focuses on four interconnected modules: 1) The U.S. view of the world and its place in the global system; 2) Terrorism and national security in the U.S. and abroad; 3) U.S. immigration and refugee policies; and 4) The search for the right balance between unilateralism and multilateralism.  Each week, scholars will participate in academic sessions, roundtable discussions with U.S. national security experts, and conversations with the broader Newark, Delaware community on key thematic topics. The Institute participants will also travel to San Antonio and Austin, Texas; New York City, New York; Washington, D.C.; and other regional locales.

The Institute will take place from January 3 to February 15, 2019 at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.  The U.S. Department of State will cover all participant costs, including international, domestic, and ground transportation, as well as books, cultural, housing and subsistence, mail, and incidental costs.  Interested applicants can visit the following website for general information regarding the program: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi

Candidate descriptions and qualifications:

  1. Candidates should be Mongolian citizens currently living in Mongolia, mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, and be highly-motivated and experienced scholars or professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research-focused organizations (not-for-profits, think tanks, etc.). Candidates should have graduate degrees and substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute.
  2. Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour. As such, candidates should have a strong command of the English language, and should be comfortable with an active program schedule on campus.
  3. English language requirement: Candidates must demonstrate English language proficiency. Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs.  Participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English, and to actively participate in all seminars and discussions.
  4. Ideal candidates work at, or are affiliated with Mongolian institutions seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. study into their curricula, to develop new courses aligned with the subject of the Institute, to enhance and/or update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in areas of U.S. studies related to the theme of the Institute.
  5. Personal statement: As part of the application, candidates are requested to write a short personal essay to demonstrate their motivations and goals (see application form) in applying to this Institute.  A strong candidate statement should convey why the participant is interested in participating in this particular Institute, what s/he expects to gain from the experience, and what s/he will bring to the program.  In addition, candidate statements should describe the candidates’ capacity and plans to amplify the impact of the Institute beyond their own knowledge and research.

Interested Candidates should submit the 2019 SUSI Scholars application form to susi@usembassy.mn by 08:30, September 25, 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact us at: 7007-6296, susi@usembassy.mn.