What is SUSI for Secondary Educators?
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary school educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. 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.
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will take place at various academic institutions throughout the United States over the course of five weeks each summer around June. Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and a one-week integrated study tour to another region of the United States. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes. The website address is: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.
And the program scholarship covers:
- All Transportation Costs: International airfare and domestic travel (Including in-country visa-related travels if the candidate resides outside Ulaanbaatar);
- Living and Meals Accommodations: Participants are placed in university housing and are provided with modest meals and incidental expenses allowance;
- Health Insurance: Participants are provided with accident and sickness benefit for the duration of their program;
- Visa Costs: Visa payment is waived for all U.S. Government sponsored scholarship participants;
- Travel Allowance: Participants are provided with small allowance for luggage and other travel-related expenses.
*Please note that SUSI program does not allow dependents to accompany participants. The program will not provide any visa or financial support to any family members. Applicants therefore must not plan to bring any family members along while they participate in the program.
Academic Training: Participants spend approximately four weeks at a U.S. university where they take part in a series of lectures, seminar discussions and site visits. They learn about American educational philosophies, explore new teaching methods and pursue related research interests.
Study Trip: Participants spend the remaining two weeks on a study tour, which complements the academic program and includes visits to sites of interest in another geographic region of the country. The program typically concludes with several days of meetings and related study in Washington, D.C.
The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators (SUSIs) will provide three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present. The Institutes focus on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States. Two of the Institutes are tailored for secondary school teachers; please note that the Institutes for Teachers focus on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy. The third Institute is tailored for experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others.
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 programs will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society. The four-week academic residencies will take place at U.S. university and college campuses and will consist of a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities. One-week study tours to a different region will complement the academic residencies and showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States. The program features curriculum based on the study of how America’s foundations and historical development have shaped and continue to inform U.S. politics, economics, and society. A key cultural component of the program involves community service activities, which will provide participants with a first-hand experience of how volunteerism plays a vital role in U.S. civil society. The program will offer multiple opportunities for follow-on engagement through alumni webinars, grant-funded follow-on projects, social media, and an alumni workshop.
- Mongolian citizens currently living in Mongolia;
- Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated, experienced secondary school teachers and administrators.
- Ideal candidates are individuals whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the Institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme. While the nominee’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, the potential impact and multiplier effect from their participation in the Institute is equally important. Ideal candidates will have little or no prior experience living or visiting in the United States;
- Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency. Institutes are rigorous and demanding academic programs conducted entirely in English. Participants will be expected to read and comprehend substantial written materials and assignments in English and to participate in all seminar and panel discussions fully and actively. English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute, for participants as individuals and to foster a cohesive and interactive group.
- Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program.
- U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) are not eligible for these programs.
How to Apply
In order to apply for the SUSI for Secondary Educator’s program, the applicant will follow the steps below:
Fill out and submit SUSI application form:
- The application form becomes available for download when the program is announced.
- The announcement and the applications will be available on Embassy’s website.
Submit the completed application via email to SUSI@usembassy.mn within the deadline noted on the announcement.
Things to remember when filling out an application:
- Read the announcement carefully in full;
- Application must be completed in English in electronic format;
- Applicants must answer all questions in the application form. Incomplete applications will be deemed technically ineligible. No questions can be left blank. Put N/A if not applicable;
- Application must be typed. Hand-written applications will be disqualified;
- Essays must be your own work reflecting your original thought. Other people’s works/ideas used anywhere in the application must be properly noted;
- Please note any word or character limit for essay portions of the application and give your answers within the limit.
Selection Process and Timeline
All U.S. Government scholarship programs are merit-based. Although we take in to account special circumstances of candidates such as disability, disadvantaged background, or any other notable characteristics, final decision is made based on the candidate’s overall strength as represented by the application quality and interview. We also consider one’s ability to be a cultural ambassador and his/her ability and motivation to give back to the community.
Following are the main steps for selection for the SUSI program:
Technical Screening: This is the initial review to verify the completeness of the applications. During technical screening, we check to see two main things:
- If applications and any required supplemental documents are complete;
- If applicants meet all the eligibility requirements.
Application Review: After technical screening, all complete applications are then reviewed by an application review committee. During this process, each application gets to be reviewed by a minimum of three people.
Short List: Based on the recommendations of the application review committee, an interview short list is created. Candidates who are included in the short list are then invited for an in-person interview.
Interview: An interview panel consisting of representatives of the U.S. Embassy and program alumni interviews all short listed candidates and select finalists to be nominated for the global competition.
Nomination: Finalists selected from the interview are then nominated by the embassy to SUSI Program Office in Washington D.C. where they will compete with nominations from embassies from around the world.
Final Selection: If selected from the global competition, the candidate is confirmed to participate in the program.
- October – November: Scholarship is announced through U.S. Embassy website and social media;
- November – January: Technical screening, application review and interview;
- March – April: Final selection results announced to the finalists;