Study of the US Institutes for Scholars

Overview

Applications open 8 December 2016

The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is seeking applications for the Study of the US Institutes for Scholars for Summer 2017

Study of the US Institutes for Scholars are intensive academic programmes with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of US society, culture, and institutions. The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the US in academic institutions abroad.

Programme dates: Pending confirmation from ECA the Institutes will run for six weeks beginning in or after June 2017. Please visit the ECA's website for more information on the programme.

 

A total of six institutes will run in 2017. These are as follows:

Institute on American Politics and Political Thought

This Institute will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners insight into how intellectual and political movements have influenced modern American political institutions and a deeper understanding of major currents in US political thought from the colonial period to the present.  It will explore the shaping of American identity and the intersection and interplay between that identity and US history and politics. The institute will cover a broad range of American experiences that have shaped and been shaped by our national identity including, but not limited to, the colonial period, the constitutional founding, the Civil War, industrialization, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights movement.  The Institute will also use this lens to explore contemporary US political and social debates and public policy, relating them back to the formation and development of US political thought and American identity.  

The host for this Institute is currently being openly competed; the recipient will be known in April 2017.

 
Institute on Contemporary American Literature

This Institute will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of US society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American (US) literature.  Its purpose is twofold: to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary US society and culture.  The program will explore the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools, and movements reflect the traditions of the US literary canon.  At the same time, the program will expose participants to writers who represent a departure from that tradition, and who are establishing new directions for American literature.  

The host for this Institute is currently being openly competed; the recipient will be known in April 2017.
 
Institute on Journalism and Media
This Institute will provide a multinational group of 18 journalism instructors and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in US society.  The Institute will examine the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, international journalism, and media business models.  The Institute will examine pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, reporting, writing, and editing.  The program will also highlight the impact of technology on journalism, such as the influence of the Internet, the globalization of the news media, the growth of satellite television and radio networks, and other changes that are transforming the profession.  

Pending final ECA grant approval, the Institute will be hosted by Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
 
Institute on Religious Pluralism in the US

This Institute will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of US society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralism in the US and its intersection with American democracy.  Employing a multi-disciplinary approach and drawing on fields such as history, political science, sociology, anthropology, law, and others, the program will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the US. Participants will examine the following aspects of religious pluralism in the US: the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by, the development of American-style democracy; the intersections of religion and politics in the US in such areas as elections, public policy, and foreign policy; and the sociology and demography of religion in the US today, including a survey of the diversity of contemporary religious beliefs and its impact on American politics and society.  

This Institute is currently being openly competed; the recipient will be known in April 2017.
 
Institute on US Culture and Society
This Institute will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly-motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of US society, culture, values, and institutions.  The Institute will examine the ethnic, racial, social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested in US society while focusing on the ways in which these cultures have influenced social movements and American identity throughout US history.  The program will draw from a diverse disciplinary base, and will itself provide a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of US culture and society.

Pending final ECA grant approval, the Institute will be hosted by New York University in New York, New York.
 
Institute on US Foreign Policy
This Institute will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how contemporary US foreign policy is formulated and implemented.  The Institute will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped US foreign policy. The Institute will explain the role of key players in US foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, the US public, think-tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions.  

Pending final ECA grant approval, the Institute will be hosted by Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

 

Benefits

Costs covered include: Programme administration, international travel, domestic travel and ground transportation in the US, book allowances, cultural outings, housing, subsistence, mailing and incidental allowances.

Housing and meal arrangements: When possible participants will have a private room with a shared bathroom during the residency portion (four weeks) of the institute, and may share a hotel room with another participant of the same gender during the study tour (up to two weeks). During the residency, housing will most likely be in college or university owned properties. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.

Health benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State's 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 programme. Preexisting conditions are not covered. Information on the health benefit programme may be found online at usdos.sevencorners.com

Programme requirements and restrictions: Participants are expected to participate fully in the programme. They are expected to attend all lectures and organised activities, and complete assigned readings. Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the programme. Please note that teaching methodology and pedagogical methods will not be addressed formally in the institute. Candidates should be aware that they are applying for an intensive institute and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the programme. The institute should not be viewed as a research programme.

Selection Criteria

Candidates can be early or mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research focused organisations (non-profits, think tanks, etc.). While the educational level of participants will likely vary, most should have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the institute.

Ideal candidates are individuals whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the Institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in US studies areas related to the program theme.  While the nominee’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, the potential impact and multiplier effect of the Institute is equally important.  Ideal candidates will have little or no prior experience in the US.

Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic programme and study tour.

Candidates must be eligible to apply for a J1 visa to participate in this programme.

Applying

The application process is as follows:

1. Interested UK applicants should apply for ONE Institute through the US-UK Fulbright Commission by downloading and completing the application form, Commission Form and writing a personal statement. Forms can be found below.

2. Applications will be read by Commission staff and members of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS). The Commission and BAAS will then nominate one UK candidate for each Institute to the US Department of State’s Bureau of International and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Successful nominees will be infomred by the Commission that they will be progressing to the next stage.

3. The application of the nominated candidates will then be judged in a global competition alongside those of nominated candidates from other countries. 

4. ECA make the final decision as to who is chosen for each Institute. Nomination by the Fulbright Commission does not guaratee a place on the Institute.  Shortlisted canddaites will be notified by the Fulbright Commission of the outcome of their nomination.

Please be sure to state on the application form which of the six Institutes you are applying for. You must also complete the Commission Form and write a short Personal Statement that you should include with your application. Instructions for this are included at the end of the application form.

Click the following links to download the forms:


Deadline: Applications are due with the US-UK Fulbright Commission by 9am on Monday 2 January 2017

Only emailed applications will be considered. No paper applications please. Late applications will not be considered.

Interviews: We will not be conducting interviws for the Study of the US Institutes for Scholars. Applications will be judged based on the application form and personal statement.

Any questions? Please email programmes@fulbright.org.uk 

 

Timeline

8 December 2016 - Applications open for entries

2 January 2017 – Applications due with the Commission

25 January 2017 – Sucessful nominees notified

31 January 2017 – Successful nominees from the UK national competition nominated to the US Department of State for global competition. 

April 2017 – US Department of State announces final selection of Institute participants. Nominees informed.

April - May 2017 - Fulbright paperwork and visa processing

June 2017 onwards – Successful participants embark on Institute for period of 6 weeks

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a candidate who is a dual citizen (US and UK) participate in Study of the US Institutes?
No. US citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) are NOT eligible to participate in this programme.

I have been to the US before; would I be disqualified?

No. Candidates with some experience in the US can be considered for the programme. Please be sure to clearly indicate the purpose of your prior visit(s) to the US, the year, and the length of you stay as requested in the application form. 

How much free time/time for independent research will a participant have during the programme? 
There will be some free time during the programme as well as some time designated for independent research. However, candidates MUST understand that this is an intensive academic programme and they are expected to participate in all lectures, activities, and scheduled events. Participants in Scholar Institutes may, at their own expense, opt to extend their stay in the US after the close of their programme to the extent allowed by visa regulations.
 
I am not a college professor; can I be considered for the programme?
Yes. ECA will consider applicants from a variety of professional backgrounds who are professors at all stages of their careers, practitioners in a designated field, college and university administrators, and community leaders, among others.  
 
If a candidate has relatives in the U.S., would he/she have time to see them? 
Because of the intensive nature of the Institutes, participants will NOT be able to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends. Participants in Scholar Institutes may, at their own expense, opt to extend their stay in the US after the close of their programme to the extent allowed by visa regulations (30 days).
 
Can a relative travel and stay with the participant during the Institute?
No. Relatives are NOT permitted to travel or stay with a participant during the programme. There are no exceptions to this rule. 

Can a participant arrive early/late for the Institute?
The Fulbright Commission will arrange flight itineraries so that sucessful participants arrive on the Institute start date. Occasionally flight schedules require that a participant arrives a day early. These situations will be addressed on a case by case basis in consultation with the ECA programme officer and the host institution.

Can a participant stay after the end of the Institute?
Yes. Under the terms of the J-1 Visas, participants have up to 30 days after the end of the programme to depart from the US. However, the participant must be aware that he/she is responsible for all expenses after the end of the Institute and will no longer have ECA-sponsored health benefits.

Can a participant miss one part or component of the Institute? 
No. All participants are expected to participate in all scheduled lectures, events, site visits, trips, and activities.

How much money will participants need to bring for the programme?
The Study of the US Institutes cover all costs of an individual’s participation including transportation, lodging and meals. Generally, host institutions provide for meals through a combination of a cafeteria meal plan and cash allowance to permit participants to cook or eat at local restaurants. Information on housing and meal arrangements will be provided by the host institution six weeks prior to the start of the Institute. All participating scholars will receive a stipend to purchase books and research materials while in the US as well as a certain amount to cover mailing costs. Participants should bring their own spending money if they wish to purchase souvenirs or other items during their time in the US.