Study of the US Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe

Study of the US Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe

For first to third year undergraduate students, aged 18 to 25, currently enrolled at a recognized Greek institution of higher education, both universities and technical schools (AEI/ATEI).

APPLICATION PERIOD:
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Friday, January 19, 2018
No applications will be accepted beyond January 19, 2018 at midnight EET

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe are intensive short term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of European undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. Each institute will have 20 student participants. The five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week. During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom. The Institutes will include cultural components that allow students to become familiar with their host community during a five-week period, beginning June and July 2017. The Department of State is pleased to work with several U.S. universities, which will host these programs. The Institutes are aimed at non-elite undergraduate students who have not had an opportunity to travel to the United States, and represent diverse populations within your country. All activities will be conducted in English.

The Study of the U.S. Institute for European Student Leaders on Environmental Issues will explore current themes in environmental studies, which may include natural resource management, sustainable development/ sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment. The program will be interactive and experiential, with field trips to research facilities and opportunities for classroom discussion. The issues will be explored from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulation. The Institute might also examine the relationship between environmental security and national security. In addition, the Institute will explore environmental issues in the context of a globalized society, and will draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries. We expect the Institute on Environmental Issues to provide opportunities for participants to engage with policy makers, individuals in technical positions, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and other key actors committed to the protection and management of the environment. The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field. The Institute will then conclude with a visit to Washington, D.C. The Institute on Environmental Issues will be hosted by the University of Oregon, pending the availability of funds and ECA award approval.

The Study of the U.S. Institute for European Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship will examine social entrepreneurship in the United States, including the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. social enterprises. The program will be interactive and experiential, and will combine classroom instruction with panel discussions, business visits, and volunteer opportunities. The Institute will give participants a foundation in how to employ entrepreneurial skills to address social issues and will provide opportunities to meet with American local community leaders. The Institute may address topics such as business ethics, negotiations, emerging markets and risk analysis, microfinance, corporate social responsibility, strategic business planning and innovation, and women and minorities in entrepreneurship. The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field. The Institute will then conclude with a visit to Washington, D.C. The Institute on Social Entrepreneurship will be hosted by the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga, pending the availability of funds and ECA award approval.

Candidates are selected on the basis of academic excellence, potential for professional development, civic engagement, extra-curricular activities, and personal qualities/abilities to serve as a cultural ambassador for Greece. All awards are subject to the Fulbright Foundation policies in compliance with the Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) guidelines and all governmental regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel and residence.

Students will be encouraged to implement a public service project when they return home, contribute to a better understanding of American society among their undergraduate classmates and compatriots, help promote academic exchange programs among their peers, and become active alumni of the Summer Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe program.

Accommodations will be made in each institute for students with disabilities, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. With guidance from Mobility International USA, systems have been put in place that allow better support to students with disabilities.

Participants must:

  • be interested in the Institute topic of their choice and justify this preference and expressed interest in the essays;
  • be enrolled as a first through third year undergraduate student at a Greek AEI or TEI and aged 18-25 by the start of the program;
  • be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program;
  • be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program to enroll in post-secondary study or continue study at a post-secondary institution in the fall of 2018;
  • have a high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community;
  • have had no or extremely limited study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel;
  • be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country;
  • be able to participate in any pre-departure information sessions held by the Fulbright Foundation;
  • be prepared to submit a report to the Fulbright Foundation on their program experience.

The Institutes are fully funded, with all participant costs covered, including:

  • round-trip airfare from home city to the host university in the United States, domestic travel and ground transportation including a stop in Washington, D.C. at the conclusion of the program;
  • J1 Exchange Visitor Visa sponsorship;
  • tuition and fees at the host university;
  • lodging and meals on the host university campus: housing will be in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms. Participants may be expected to share a room with another student of the same gender. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own;
  • program administration; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances;
  • a daily allowance for incidental expenses and/or meal tickets;
  • accident and sickness coverage: all participants will receive Department of State's health insurance coverage (A+SPE) with a max. benefit of $100,000 per sickness or per injury and with $25 co-pay per medical visit, $75 co-pay per emergency entry or hospitalization for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered.
  • A comprehensive academic and cultural program.
  • Participation in the Annual Awards Ceremony.
  • Fulbright Certificate of Award.
  • Membership in the online global community for all participants of U.S. government sponsored exchange programs (such as the Fulbright program). here

International travel will be arranged by the Fulbright Foundation. If the participant withdraws from the program at any time without prior authorization s/he agrees to reimburse the program for any expenses accrued, including costs for air transportation and accommodation.

  • Submission of a complete application package to the Greek Program Coordinator at the Fulbright Foundation in Athens is mandatory.
  • A first evaluation and selection will take place at the Foundation prior to the interviews, based on the requirements and aims of the SUSI program.
  • A Fulbright Selection Committee will interview all shortlisted candidates, in person and in group, on a specific date. All candidates will be informed of their interview appointment with the Selection Committee by email. Interviews are conducted in English and are mandatory. SKYPE and e-mail interviews will not be considered.
  • Candidates will be informed of their nomination status on the day following the end of the interview cycle. Final selection of the participants is the responsibility of the program organizers depending on available placements.
  • All participants will be required to obtain a J-1 visa prior to traveling to the United States. The U.S. Department of State will issue the relevant paperwork, and the Fulbright Foundation will arrange the visa interview. Participants may not be accompanied by family members or friends for the duration of the program. Participants must return to their home country immediately at the conclusion of the program.

Please note that the following are grounds for the revocation of the award and early return from the program:

  • unauthorized absences from program activities;
  • failure to comply with the program’s terms and conditions;
  • violations of any laws of the U.S. or the home country;
  • actions that are contrary to the spirit of mutual understanding;
  • and conduct that may have the effect of bringing the Department of State, the Fulbright Commission, or the host university into disrepute.

SUSI Location and Program Dates

The Summer Institutes typically take place in various locations in the United States and start mid-to-end June. 2018 Institutes and program dates will be announced at a later stage. Final selection of candidates and placement at the Institutes will take place in Washington D.C. by the Branch for the Study of the United States of the U.S. Department of State in March 2018.

Application Procedure

Once submitted, your application form will be automatically available to the Fulbright Foundation for review. You will receive a confirmation email in the days following your submission.

The Fulbright office in Athens must receive by Friday, January 19, 2018, your complete application, including the following documents:

  • Your completed online Fulbright application form including three short essays (to be uploaded with your application form in pdf.file format, max. 1 MB each);
  • A copy of your latest grades (school certificate or first year university results) (to be uploaded with your application form in pdf.file format, multiple pages possible, max. 1 MB per file);
  • Two completed reference forms, written in English and submitted online. The reference forms should be filled out by professors under whom you are studying or by someone who has supervised you in the recent past.

Contact
Greek Program Coordinator, The Fulbright Foundation
Mrs. Els Siakos Hanappe
A 6 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, 106 74 Athens
T 210 724 1811 or 210 724 1812, ext. 203
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You can access the application form for the 2018-2019 academic year here from October 10, 2017 onward until January 19, 2018.
Reference forms to be completed and submitted by your evaluators can be accessed here - please share with your referees.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2018-2019 FULBRIGHT AWARDS FOR STUDENT LEADERS FROM EUROPE

APPLICATION PERIOD:
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Friday, January 19, 2018

 

APPLICATION PERIOD:
Closes on Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday, January 19, 2018

 

Application deadline
All applicants must submit a complete package of requested documents

January 22 – February 6, 2018

 

Evaluation and pre-selection

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

 

Interviews
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the Fulbright Athens office

Thursday, February 8, 2018

 

Notification of results

March 2018

 

Notification of final selection and placement

June 2018

Pre-Departure Orientation
Grantees are invited on an individual basis on the day of their U.S. Embassy visa appointment and interview

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

AWARDS CEREMONY
Attendance is required

Middle of June / End of July 2018

Grant implementation period

Beginning of September, 2018

Debriefing Session
at the Fulbright Athens office

Throughout the Year

Outreach Programs
Alumni will be invited to outreach programs to support potential candidates and share their experience with other students. Programs can take place at any time during the year and announcements will be made in due time.

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