2015 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2015 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) awards for Jordanian scholars.  The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State for a period of six weeks beginning in or after June 2015. Deadline to apply isDecember 6, 2014.

The program will provide participants with opportunities to broaden the cultural and historical base of courses they design and teach by enriching their knowledge of U.S. society, culture, values, history and institutions past and present.

The American Embassy will cover the costs of international travel and domestic travel in the United States and will provide a daily allowance to cover most of the participants’ normal expenses.  Please note that under our regulations, spouses or other family members may not accompany the participants during the program.

The Study of the United States Institutes program will offer the following sessions:

U.S. Culture and Society

–Host Institution:  New York University
–Program description:  The program will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly-motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The Institute will examine the ethnic, racial, social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested themselves in U.S. society while focusing on the ways in which these cultures have influenced social movements and American identity throughout U.S. history.  The program will draw from a diverse disciplinary base, and will itself provide a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of U.S. culture and society.

U.S. Political Thought

–Host Institution:  University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
–Program description:  The program will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of major currents in U.S. political thought from the colonial period to the present.  Drawing upon the American Political Development approach, the Institute will provide a full and diverse understanding of U.S. political thought its connection to U.S. politics and institutions by linking contemporary issues with historical debates.  The Institute will explore particular themes including self-rule and limited government, liberty and freedom, individualism and identity, equality and inequality, and the American dream.  The Institute concludes with an integrated two-week study tour to Boston, New York City, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Charlottesville, and Washington, D.C.

Contemporary American Literature

–Host Institution:  University of Louisville, Kentucky.
–Program description:  The program will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American (U.S.) literature.  Its purpose is twofold: to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary U.S. society and culture.  The program will explore the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools, and movements reflect the traditions of the U.S. literary canon.  At the same time, the program will expose participants to writers who represent a departure from that tradition, and who are establishing new directions for American literature.

U.S. Foreign Policy

–Host Institution:  Bard College in New York.
–Program description:  The program will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how contemporary U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented. The Institute will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy.  The Institute will explain the role of key players in U.S. foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, the U.S. public, think-tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions.

Journalism and Media

–Host Institution:  Ohio University.
–Program description: The program will provide a multinational group of 18 journalism instructors and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society.  The Institute will examine the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, international journalism, and media business models.  The Institute will cover strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, reporting, writing, and editing.  The program will also highlight technology’s impact on journalism, such as the influence of the internet, the globalization of the news media, the growth of satellite television and radio networks, and other changes in media that are transforming the profession.

Religious Pluralism in the United States

–Host Institution:  University of California at Santa Barbara
–Program description:  The program will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralism in the United States and its intersection with American democracy.  Employing a multi- disciplinary approach and drawing on fields such as history, political science, sociology, anthropology, law, and others, the program will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States. Participants will examine the following aspects of religious pluralism in the United States: the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by, the development of American-style democracy; the intersections of religion and politics in the United States in such areas as elections, public policy, and foreign policy; and the sociology and demography of religion in the United States today, including a survey of the diversity of contemporary religious beliefs and its impact on American politics and society.

Requirements for Eligibility:

  1. The ideal participants should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, with little or no prior experience in the United States (graduate of U.S. institutions are not eligible), highly-motivated and experienced professionals from institutions of higher education, whose institutes are seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into the curriculum; to develop new courses on American Studies; and to enhance and update existing courses on the United States.
  2. The applicant must be a Jordanian citizen.
  3. The applicant must have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute or a related field.
  4. The applicant must be fluent in English.  Grantees will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions.

For further information on the program, please contact Ms. Rawan Mloukhieh at the Cultural Section of the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Tel: 590-6287; Fax: 592-0121; E-mail: mloukhiehrr@state.gov.

Application Procedures

Applications should be sent, via email to ammanexchanges@gmail.comAND Ammanexchanges@state.gov.

Applications should include a detailed C.V. in English along with a short personal statement (between 1-3 typed pages) indicating why you interested in participating in the program and what you hope to get out of the experience. Applications are due by December 6, 2014.