Study of the US Institutes FAQs

Find answers to questions about the Study of the US Summer Institutes.


What are the interviews like?

Interviews will take place via video call and last approximately 20 minutes. We have a list of questions we ask all final candidates and generally do not discuss the application itself, except to seek clarification if something is not clear or perhaps has not been considered. It is also an opportunity to review the articulation of the candidates. As Fulbright summer programme participants are cultural ambassadors and future leaders in their fields, they must have strong communication skills.

Can a dual citizen (US and country of origin) participate in Study of the US Institutes?

No. US citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) are NOT eligible to participate in this program.

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

No. Nominees with very minimal experience in the United States may be considered for the program. However, priority will be given to nominees with no previous experience in the United States.

How much free time will a participant have during the program?

There will be some free time during the program. However, nominees MUST understand that this is an intensive academic program and they are expected to fully participate in all lectures, activities, site visits, and scheduled events.

If I have relatives in the United States, would I have time to see them? 

Participants will NOT be allowed to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends. 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.

Can I arrive early/late or stay after the Institute?

No. Participants who choose to travel to the United States on a Study of the US Institute are required to abide by the terms and conditions of the program. These terms state clearly that student leaders may NOT arrive in the United States before the program start date or remain in the country after the close of the Institute.

Can a graduate student participate in this Institute?

No. Study of the US Institutes for Student Leaders are designed exclusively for undergraduate students with at least one remaining semester of study.

How much money would I need to bring for the programme?

The Study of the US Institutes cover all basic 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, a pre-loaded debit card for use at local restaurants, and/or a cash allowance to permit participants to purchase food for cooking.

Will applicants with disabilities be considered?

Yes, the Study of the US Branch welcomes nominations for individuals with disabilities. We are committed to working with our Institute hosts to arrange reasonable accommodations for all participants. While notification of a disability will not negatively impact selection, we ask that you identify disabilities during the nomination process so that we can begin working with our Institute hosts to ensure appropriate accommodations.