For secondary school educators involved in the teaching of English and professionals / administrators in curriculum development, teacher training and textbook writing.
A program of the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State
Administered by the Fulbright Foundation in Greece
Tuesday September 13, 2016 - Friday November 11, 2016
No applications will be accepted beyond November 11, 2016 at midnight EET
The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award up to three grants (depending on available funding) to Greek secondary school educators, curriculum developers, teacher trainers or textbook writers to attend the 2017 Study of the United States Institutes. The Study of the United States Institute is a five-week academic program designed for secondary school educators involved in the teaching of English, as well as professionals in curriculum development, teacher training, or textbook writing. It provides three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school teachers each with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture, - past and present. Institute programs are held at university campuses throughout the U.S. and focus on a particular theme or topic in American studies. Each program includes two components: an intensive, four-week academic seminar, and a study tour of one week designed to reinforce the academic content of the program.
The Institute's ultimate goal is to improve the quality of teaching and strengthen the development of curricula about the United States in educational institutions and school systems outside the United States. It supports activities that recognize and promote the critical relationship between educational exchange and international understanding, in addition to the intellectual merit of the projects. Applications with broad multiplier effects are welcome, conducive to candidates' sharing of their experiences and knowledge with colleagues and students in the host country (US) and upon return, in Greece.
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.
- Greek citizenship and permanent residency in Greece. Candidates with dual citizenship (U.S./Greek) are not eligible.
- Appropriate academic qualificiations.
- Assignment in the public school system and at the secondary education level. Primary school teachers can only apply if they have extensive experience and training in secondary school education.
- minimum three years of related professional teaching experience.
- Excellent command of the English language.
- Preference will be given to highly-motivated and experienced applicants who are mid-career and are under the age of 45 at the time of application.
- Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component, who have limited recent first-hand academic experience in the United States and who have a special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past teaching, accomplishments and professional duties.
- Tuition fees, maintenance allowance and incidental expenses.
- Domestic travel, ground transportation for campus visits during the program, housing and meal arrangements will be provided in the United States by the host institutions.
- Round-trip airfare for international travel from your hometown to destination.
- Limited health and accident insurance (for recipient only). All participants will receive the Department of State's health insurance coverage (A+SPE) owith 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.
- Participation in the Annual Awards ceremony.
- Fulbright Certificate of Award.
- J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa sponsorship.
- Membership in the online global community for all participants of U.S. government sponsored exchange programs (such as the Fulbright program). International Exchange Alumni website
- Invitations for Participation in Outreach and Train the Trainers Programs.
- 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 shortlisted candidates, in person, on specific dates. Interviews are conducted in English and are mandatory. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of their interview appointment (time and date) with the Selection Committee by email. Interviews take place at the Fulbright Foundation in Athens. SKYPE or email interviews will not be considered.
- Candidates will be informed of their nomination status on the day following the end of the interview cycle. Candidates will be designated as 'primary', 'alternate', or 'non-selected'. Alternate candidates remain on standby until review and finalization of the overall budget.
- Participants are expected to complete the entire five-week academic program and are expected to attend all lectures and organized activities and to complete assigned readings. Due to the intensive nature of the program, family members or guests cannot be accommodated.
- Teaching methodology and pedagogical techniques will not be addressed in the Institute programs.
- Since the program is very intensive, there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. The Institute should not be viewed as a research program, although there will be some time allocated for independent research.
- Fulbright grant recipients will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements in accordance with Fulbright Travel Policies & Regulations.
- Fulbright grant recipients must travel on a J-1 visa sponsored by the Fulbright Program. It is a condition of the visa that, after completion of the academic program, scholars must return to Greece and reside there for two years before being eligible to immigrate or apply for permanent residence or a work permit in the United States. The purpose of the two-year home residency requirement is to ensure that exchange visitors return to their home country and fulfill the exchange objectives of the Fulbright Program to broaden and strengthen mutual understanding between Greece and the United States.
SUSI Location and Program Dates
The Institutes typically take place in two locations in the United States and start end May/mid-June. 2017 Institutes and program dates will be announced at a later stage (fall 2016). 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 2017.
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 your completed application by Friday, November 11, 2016, including the following documents:
- Fulbright online application form
- Your resume (to be uploaded in pdf. format, max 2 MB)
- Copy of your Bachelor's degree or other degrees earned (to be uploaded in pdf. format, max 2 MB per file))
- Three letters of reference in sealed envelopes. All three letters should be written in English on the recommender's letterhead and should be mailed in sealed envelopes to the Fulbright Foundation and to the attention of the Greek Program Coordinator. Alternatively, recommenders can send their letters directly by email to . Reference letters without letterhead or signature are not accepted nor are reference letters delivered or forwarded by the applicants themselves. The letters of reference should be written by professors under whom you have studied or pursued research or by someone who has supervised you in your employment. No fixed format is required but a template is available if preferred.
The application period for the 2017-2018 academic year has now closed.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017-2018 FULBRIGHT AWARDS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATORS (Teachers and Administrators)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – Friday, November 11, 2016
September 13 – November 11, 2016
All applicants must submit a complete package of requested documents
Friday, November 11, 2016 at midnight
November 14 - December 6, 2016
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Fulbright Athens office
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Notification of results
The program is offered only in Athens and attendance is required (candidates are invited on an individual basis)
Attendance is required
End of May / End of July 2017
Grant implementation period
Late August / Beginning September 2017
at the Fulbright Athens office on an individual level upon completion of the grant
Throughout the year
Outreach and Train the Trainers Programs
Alumni will be invited to outreach programs to support potential candidates and share their experience with other professionals. Programs can take place at any time during the year and announcements will be made in due time.