Call for Applications from Azerbaijan for the Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders (SUSI)




Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are intensive, short-term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes program on Civic Engagement 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 such topics as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism.  The Institute will also have content dedicated to developing skills for journalism, story-telling, and media literacy.

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.  Each Institute will have 20 participants and will include a four-week academic residency component and a one-week integrated study 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 SUSIs for Global Student Leaders will begin with an Opening Forum in Washington, D.C., offering opportunities for networking, foundational leadership skills development, and discussions on relevant topics from multi-regional perspectives.  The 20 participants in this Institute will then travel to Bard College for their academic residency.  The program will include a visit to New York City, as well as a study tour to another region of the country.

Posts and prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes.  The address is:

Who can apply?

Candidates eligible for this program will:

  • be proficient in English;
  • be interested in the topic of civic engagement;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program;
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university 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 activities;
  • have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  • 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 their home country.


Application Deadline:

All candidates must submit electronic applications by January 5, 2020.



Please, send your application form and update resume with the subject “SUSI for Student Leaders on Civic Engagement” to

Based on application review and interviews, U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan will select and nominate four candidates from Azerbaijan.

For additional information, please, email to