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).
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - Friday, November 18, 2022
No applications will be accepted beyond November 18, 2022 at 23:59 EET
Overview and Guidelines
The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award up to two grants to Greek undergraduate students to attend the 2021 Summer Institutes.
Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders 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. 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.
Summer Institutes are organized on the topics of Civic Engagement & Education and The Future of Work.
Candidates are nominated 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.
Summer Institutes Locations and Program Dates
The Summer Institutes typically take place in various locations in the United States and start mid-to-end June. 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 2021.
- be recommended by their Greek institution following invitation.
- 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 2020;
- 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 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders was the most fulfilling and unique experience of my life! Along with an international group of twenty people, this program offered me the opportunity to engage in deep, mind-broadening conversations and get exposed to the vast and diverse spectrum of American and European culture. [...]. Although the academic intensity of this program was high, it did not only comprise lectures and workshops: we also visited famous landmarks such as neighborhoods that exist since the mid 1600’s like North End in Boston, and natural reserves such as the Everglades in Florida. We explored new tastes and cuisines and had firsthand contact with many of the multiracial peoples represented in the U.S. If I had to highlight some of the experiences we shared, I would no doubt talk about the Garifuna tribe and our volunteer time at the Fessenden School. The Garifuna are a mixture of people of African descent who escaped from slave ships and slowly integrated into the Native American societies who nursed them. We met one of the last remaining families of the Garifuna after it gave a concert to raise awareness about and promote the preservation of its culture; a culture that slowly fades away in time. The humble bow and the tears that ran along the face of the Father after I thanked him will be a picture that will forever stay with me. As for our volunteer time, we worked along the 3 Point Foundation. Hosted by the Fessenden School in Newton, we met kids from struggling families and dangerous neighborhoods that where walking to success! Proving the power of the human spirit, at least one of them got a full scholarship for the Fessenden School! In these wonderful five weeks, our SUSI group, our program coordinators and our cultural ambassadors quickly became what we call a “SUSI Family”. Saying goodbye was heartbreaking but as my friend Lorenzo wonderfully stated: “We should not be sad that our exchange period is over, instead we should be happy that it took place”. I am eternally glad for this program and for the people I met. May we meet again…"
Alexandros Smyrniotis, 2019 Summer Institute on Youth, Education, and Closing the Skills Gap at University of Massachusetts, Boston
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 Fulbright Annual Awards Ceremony;
- membership in the online global community for all participants of U.S. government sponsored exchange programs (such as the Fulbright program).
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.
Terms and Conditions
- Online submission of a complete application package 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 candidates on a specific date. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of their interview appointments with the Selection Committee by email. Interviews last for about 15 minutes. Interviews are conducted in English and held virtually.
- 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.
- The Fulbright Foundation and the Summer Institutes program organizers observe geographical and gender diversity, give priority to candidates from non-elitist background, and strive for equal representation from urban and rural areas.
- 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.
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 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);
You can prepare the essays from before on the following topics:
A. Why are you interested in participating in this program? What do you hope to learn?
B. Using one or more examples, please describe a challenge at school, work, or in your personal life that you have had to overcome. How did you resolve the situation?
C. Participants in the Summer Institutes use their summer experiences to give back to their communities. In what ways can you imagine giving back to your community after you participate in the Summer Institute?
- A copy of your latest grades (school certificate or first/second 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.
Application and Reference Forms
The availability of placements for the 2021 Summer Institutes will be decided in summer 2020.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 2023-2024 FULBRIGHT AWARDS FOR STUDENT LEADERS FROM GREECE
September 20 - November 18, 2022
All candidates must submit a complete application package of requested documents
Friday, November 18, 2022 at 23:59 EET
November 21-25, 2022
Evaluation and First Selection
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a virtual interview
Friday, January 20, 2023
Notification of Results
Notification of Final Selection and Placement
Grantees are invited on an individual basis on the day of their U.S. Embassy visa appointment and interview
Attendance is required
End of June / Beginning of August 2023
Grant implementation period
Late September 2023
Final Grant Report & Debriefing Session
Throughout the Year
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.