Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars

Applications are closed for 2020.

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars are intensive post-graduate level academic programs for mid-career South African scholars, faculty, and practitioners whose purpose is to strengthen curricula and to improve the teaching about the United States in academic institutions. SUSIs for Scholars are six-weeks long are comprised of a four to five week academic residency and a one to two week educational study tour to a different region of the United States. During the Institutes, scholars engage in rigorous academic coursework and panel discussions, interact and establish networks with American scholars, meet with experts in respective disciplines, visit civic institutions, and in some cases, participate in research symposia and conferences.  SUSIs usually take place between June and August each year depending on funding availability.  Apply November-January.
Past SUSIs covered the below topics:

  • American Culture and Values
  • American Politics and Political Thought
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Journalism and Media
  • Religious Pluralism in the United States
  • Secondary Education
  • Youth, Workforce Development and Closing the Skills Gap
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • U.S. National Security and Policymaking


  • Scholars, professionals in higher education or research organizations in mid-career positions (between 30-50 years of age)
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency
  • Have limited prior experience in the United States
  • Have firm plans to enhance, update, or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus
  • Citizen of South Africa and not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa

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