Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars

The U.S. Embassy in Budapest is pleased to announce the 2021 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars. 

Program Overview

The Study of the U.S. Institutes  (SUSI) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

The programs will utilize a hybrid format with an initial virtual component of 36 hours taking place from June through August 2021.  Over a period of approximately two weeks in fall 2021 or winter 2022, an in-person component will take place in the United States at the host institution, contingent upon health, safety, and travel conditions.  Exact dates for both program components will be determined at a later time. Participants are required to fully participate in the entire virtual program from their home country in order to continue to the in-person program in the United States.

As with all U.S. Embassy-sponsored programs, the U.S. Government pays for all major expenses, including roundtrip airfare, shared accommodation during the program, meals and health insurance.  Competition is merit-based and candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.

In 2021, SUSI programs will be on the following themes: American Culture and Values; Journalism and Media; Religious Freedom and Pluralism; U.S. Foreign Policy; Youth, Workforce Development and Closing the Skills Gap.

The application period closes on March 14, 2021 Midnight.  Please send your application to: and

Download Application Form here (Word, 19kb)

Institute Themes

American Culture and Values

Host Institution:  New York University

Administered By: University of Montana 

The Study of the U.S. Institute on American Culture and Values provides foreign scholars with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, civil society institutions, democratic principles, human rights, and the rule of law. The Institute examines the concepts of American exceptionalism and American resilience through social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which, historically, various cultures have manifested and shaped contemporary U.S. culture, values, and society. The program includes a study tour to a different region of the United States.

Education and Workforce Development

Host Institution: University of Montana

Administered By: University of Montana 

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Education and Workforce Development examines how new socioeconomic trends have changed the concept of work, workforce development, and career paths in the United States. The academic program includes a thorough discussion about the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries including business, technology, science, the creative arts, and other emerging fields. The Institute includes topics such as economic development and advances in technology such as automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence. The Institute offers opportunities for participants to research new ideas, in conjunction with American peers, to better understand the evolution of work, the changing demand for skills, and the advancements in workforce development through retraining, reskilling, and closing the skills gap. The program includes a study tour to a different region of the United States.

Journalism and Media 

Host Institution: Arizona State University

Administered By: University of Montana 

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Journalism and Media provides scholars with a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society. The Institute examines the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, and international journalism. The Institute discusses pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism critical thinking skills in addition to the basics of the tradecraft: researching, reporting, writing, and editing. The program also highlights 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. During the program participants visit local media outlets and news organizations. The program includes a study tour to a different region of the United States.

Religious Freedom and Pluralism 

Host Institution: Seattle University

Administered By: Institute for Training and Development 

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Religious Freedom and Pluralism examines U.S. society and culture, past and present, through the lens of religious freedom as a foundational American value. The program includes a survey of the religious landscape of the United States, inclusive of major and minor religious groups, in addition to historic religious traditions and contemporary American religious groups. The Institute explores both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States; examines interfaith understanding and dialogue, religious pluralism, freedom of religion as a fundamental unalienable human right and source of stability; and discusses ways in which religious freedom should be protected. The program analyzes the intersections of religion and politics in the United States, especially in U.S. foreign policy. Participants have opportunities to meet with U.S. community leaders of different faiths who advocate for collaboration and tolerance among religious groups. The program also includes a study tour to a different region of the United States.

U.S. Foreign Policy 

Host Institution:  University of Delaware

Administered By: University of Montana 

The Study of the U.S. Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy examines how contemporary U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented. The Institute includes a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy. The Institute explains the role of key players in U.S. foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, the U.S. public, think-tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions. Topics such as the concept of American sovereignty, shifting attitudes towards globalism, U.S. foreign aid, monitoring of foreign investment in the United States, efforts to combat terrorism and radicalization, new trade policies and agreements, immigration and border safety, and cybersecurity are included. The program includes a study tour to a different region of the United States.

Candidate Description and Qualifications

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • 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
  • Not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars are highly competitive.  Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component; who have no prior or limited experience in the United States; and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments and professional duties.

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated, experienced scholars and professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research focused organizations (not-for-profits, think tanks, etc.).  While the educational level of participants will vary, most will have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute or a related field.

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 U.S. studies areas related to the program theme. Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency.  Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs; participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions.

Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour. Candidates should be comfortable with campus life, shared accommodation and an active program schedule.

The application period closed on March 14, 2021 Midnight.  Please send your application to: and

Only successful individuals will be notified March 19, 2021.

Download Application Form here (Word, 19kb)