Sommerstipend for bachelorstudenter, 2020

Søknadsfrist innen utgangen av tirsdag, 14.januar, 2020

Fulbright i Norge administrerer Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders sommerprogram for bachelorstudenter i regi av det amerikanske utenriksdepartementet (Department of State). Programinnhold, datoer, søknadsfrist, temaer, og antall nominerte varierer fra år til år. Søkere må sende inn søknadskjema (oppdateres hvert år), CV, karakterutskrift og to anbefalingsbrev. Aktuelle søkere blir kalt inn til intervju.

Også i 2020 arrangeres “Summer Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe”.  Norske studenter kan søke på tre ulike program:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
  • Education and the Future of Work

U.S. Department of State har sendt oss følgende informasjon om Summer Institutes: 

Program Overview
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 up to 20 undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.

The five-week Institutes 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 one-week integrated study tour tour to another region of the United States. During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes will take place over the course of five weeks between June and August 2020. Exact program dates will be confirmed this spring.

Institute descriptions

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Civic Engagement, hosted by the University of South Carolina, Columbia, will provide participants with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups. The academic program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the United States, and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, and volunteerism. The Institute also includes workshop sessions that will allow participants to develop skills for journalism, story-telling, and media literacy. The program will encourage students to develop innovative and practical plans to become engaged citizens in their own communities. Study tours to Charleston, South Carolina; Williamsburg, Virginia; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will explore civic engagement through the unique perspective of different communities in the U.S. The program will end in Washington, D.C. where participants from all four Institutes will come together for a closing forum. During the closing forum, participants will have opportunities to network, discuss their action plans, and engage in conversations on relevant topics with local subject matter experts.

Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, hosted by the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, will provide participants with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches by reviewing the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. entrepreneurial enterprises, including social enterprises, business leadership and women’s economic empowerment, in the United States and globally. Topics will include, but are not limited to, business development in a global setting, diversity in the workforce, management strategies and techniques, and the relationship among businesses, governments and NGOs. Academic activities will be supplemented by opportunities to engage with the local community, including meeting with local entrepreneurs, and a study tour to Atlanta, Georgia. The Institute will end in Washington, D.C. where participants from all four Institutes will come together for a closing forum. During the closing forum, participants will have opportunities to network, discuss their action plans, and engage in conversations on relevant topics with local subject matter experts.

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Education and the Future of Work, hosted by the University of Massachusetts-Boston, will explore how technology, the job economy, and skill based education are interconnected in the United States. This Institute was previously named the SUSI for Student Leaders on Youth, Education, and Closing the Skills Gap. The title has changed to better reflect the Institute content. The Institute will expose participants to global issues in the context of the future of work by examining educational, social, and economic trends. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the academic program will examine the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries and sectors including business, technology, science, higher education, the creative arts, and other fields. Topics will include, but are not limited to, communication, entrepreneurship, globalization and urbanization, innovation and technology, organizational development and management, skills development, and reskilling and retraining. The program will also provide opportunities for participants to engage with educational and industry leaders through site visits around the greater Boston metropolitan area. A study tour to a different region in the United States will explore the theme from a different perspective. The Institute will end in Washington, D.C. where participants from all four Institutes will come together for a closing forum. During the closing forum, participants will have opportunities to network, discuss their action plans, and engage in conversations on relevant topics with local subject matter experts.

Other essential program information

Program funding: The program will cover all costs related to the program, including program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; visa travel; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.

Housing and meal arrangements: Housing will be in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms. Male participants will be housed on one-floor and female participants on a separate floor. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.

Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.

Health benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s supplemental health coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and $75 co-pay per emergency room visit for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions may be covered up to $100,000, subject to policy exclusions and limitations. Information on the health benefit program may be found online at https://www.sevencorners.com/gov/usdos. Participants are responsible for their own health and travel insurance for the duration of the program.

Program requirements and restrictions: Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program. They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings. The program is very intensive and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.

Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the United States prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the United States after its end date. Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the United States. Occasionally it is possible for a relative or friend to visit the participant on a specific day designated by the host institution if the schedule permits. These situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Participants are required to return to their home countries immediately following the end of the Institute.

Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

English language ability: All participants must be fully proficient in English; throughout the Institute they will need to fully understand lectures, actively participate in discussions, and read and write assignments in English.

Candidate description and qualifications

The participants are expected to be highly motivated first through third year undergraduate students from universities, and universities of applied sciences, who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. Their fields of study will be varied, and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields.

Candidates nominated for this program will:

  • be proficient in English;
  • be interested in the Institute topic;
  • be between 18 and no older than 25 years old by the start of the Summer Institute program in the U.S.;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities/universities of applied sciences following completion of the program;
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university/university of applied sciences and community activities;
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  • demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university/university of applied sciences activities;
  • have little if any prior study or travel experience in the United States 
  • 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; and,
  • be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of Norway
  • be prepared to submit a report to the Norwegian Fulbright office about their program experience.

Participation in the Summer Institutes does not exclude participants from applying for a Fulbright student or scholar award later in their career and returning to the USA as a Norwegian Fulbrighter. 

Please send your application with two letters of recommendation to fulbright@fulbright.no no later than Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Application Form 2020

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