Study of the U.S. Institutes for Women’s Leadership

What is SUSI for Women’s Leadership?

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Women’s Leadership (SUSI for Women’s Leadership) is a five to six week summer academic program for female undergraduate students. Hosted by U.S. academic institutions throughout the United States, the SUSI for Women’s Leadership program is designed to engage the young women from across the globe in emerging issues of the day and cultivate their leadership skills and inspire them to more community service and involvement. The program takes place during the summer break of universities, mostly between June and August. Exact dates differ each year. The program is announced once annually and funds three to four students each year.

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.

The SUSI for Women’s Leadership program is open to students of all majors with an interest in women’s issues and leadership. It consists of two main parts:

Academic Program: Participants spend approximately four weeks at a U.S. university participating in an intensive academic training where they take part in a series of lectures, seminar discussions and site visits. Students will study alongside other student women leaders from across the globe and get to know their American peers.

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.

  • Mongolian citizens currently living in Mongolia, between 18 and 25 years of age
  • Proficient in English and a demonstrated interest in the topic of Women’s Leadership;
  • Will have  at least one semester to be completed remaining at their home university at after the conclusion of the SUSI on Women’s Leadership program
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities; including a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations; and a demonstrated commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
  • A serious interest in learning about the United States; having little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  • Exhibits the qualities of  maturity, responsibility, independence, confidence, as well as an open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive mindset;
  • A willingness and ability to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service activities, and educational travel; and the ability to adjust to and be comfortable with campus life, including the sharing of  living accommodations and the cultural and social practices that may differ from those of their home country.

In order to apply for the SUSI for Women’s Leadership 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.

Obtain two reference letters from your high school or university teachers:

  • Please note that the reference letters must be in English. If the reference letter is provided in Mongolian, please provide a certified English translation.
  • All reference letters must include full contact information of the reference provider including: full name, title, work address, email address and work and mobile phone numbers.

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.

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 other academic professionals 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.

November – December: Scholarship is announced through U.S. Embassy website and social media;

December – February: Technical screening, application review and interview;

March – April: The final results announced to the finalists;

June – July: Departure to the U.S.