Competition is open. The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will take place over the course of five weeks in the June 2018. Three Institutes for Secondary Educators will be offered, two with a focus on classroom teachers and the third with a focus on administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and ministry of education officials, among others. Each Institute will have 20 participants and will include a four week academic residency component and a one week integrated study tour.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators and administrators 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 secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes.  The address is: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will provide three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present.  The focus of the Institutes will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.  To this end, the Institutes are organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization.  Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined.  The programs will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.  The four week academic residencies will take place at U.S. universities, colleges, or other academic institutions and will consist of a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities.  One week study tours to a different region of the United States will complement the four week academic residencies.  One goal of the study tours is to showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.

Two of the Institutes will be tailored for secondary school teachers; please note that the main focus of the Institutes for teachers is on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy.  The third Institute will be tailored for experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others.

Program Funding: All participant costs will be covered, including: program administration; travel and ground transportation in the United States; housing and subsistence; and book, cultural, mailing, and incidental allowances.

Housing and Meal Arrangements: Participants may be asked to share living quarters during the residency portion (four weeks) of the Institute.  Private room accommodations, however, are not guaranteed.  During the study tour (up to one week), participants may share a hotel room with a participant of the same gender.  During the residency, housing will typically be in college or university owned housing.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.  The host institutions will provide full details in pre-institute communications to participants at least six-weeks in advance of the Institute.  Candidates need to make sure that they are comfortable with such arrangements, particularly sharing a room with another participant for the duration of the Institute.

Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.  Please note that a portion of the program may take place during Ramadan.  While the host institution will make every effort to accommodate participants who are fasting, participants should be made aware of the rigorous nature of the Institute and the expectation that the success of the Institute depends on their full participation.

Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of up to $100,000, with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and a $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at usdos.sevencorners.com.

Program Requirements and Restrictions: All participants are expected to participate fully in the program.  Selected participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.  Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program.  Candidates should be aware that this is an intensive Institute and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  The Institute is not a research program.

CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

Study of the U.S. Institutes 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 or limited prior experience in the United States, and who have special interest in the secondary education as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.  Every effort will be made to have both a geographic and gender balance in the makeup of the Institutes.

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school teachers and administrators.  Ideal candidates are individuals who are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.  While the nominee’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, the potential impact and multiplier effect of the Institute is equally important.

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.  English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute, both for the participant and participants from other countries.

Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.  It is important that participants are comfortable with campus life and an active program schedule.  Applications from disadvantaged groups are also encouraged.  While senior and entry level educators are eligible applicants, first consideration will be given to mid-career professionals with little or no prior experience in the United States.

The Fulbright Commission in Portugal will nominate up to one teacher and one administrator candidate for a total of up to two nominations.

VIII. Application instructions

Download the PDF file and fill in the required information, save it and send it by email to fulbright@fulbright.pt before January 16th, 2018 at 10AM. Pre-selected candidates only will be notified and invited for an interview on January 24th and required to submit a letter from their employer confirming institutional support, type of contract and permission to be absent from work for the time of this program (six weeks beginning in or after June 2018). All candidates will be notified regarding their application by February 2018.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

This FAQ section addresses some commonly asked questions.  If you cannot find an answer to your question please send an email to: rsequeira@fulbright.pt

a.      What degree of English proficiency should a I have? All participants must be fully proficient in English; throughout the Institute they will need to fully understand lectures, actively participate in discussions, and read and write assignments in English.

b.      To what extent do the Institutes for Secondary Educators cover teaching methods and pedagogy?  SUSIs for Secondary Educators focus primarily on content, materials, and education related to the United States.  The Institutes for teachers typically include a handful of sessions on teaching methodologies; however these sessions are supplemental to the main focus of the Institute.

c.       Can a candidate who is a dual citizen (U.S. and Portuguese) participate in Study of the U.S. Institutes? No.  U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) are NOT eligible to participate in this program.

d.      Can an individual who is not a Portuguese citizen apply to this program in Portugal? Yes. Study of the U.S. Institutes are programs designed to further mutual understanding between U.S. citizens and people of other countries.

e.      I have been to the U.S. before; would I be disqualified? No.  Nominees with some experience in the United States can be considered for the program.  Please be sure to clearly indicate the purpose of your prior visit(s) to the United States, the year, and the length of your stay as requested on the nomination form.  Preference will be given to nominees with little or no experience in the United States.

f.       How much free time/time for independent research will a participant have during the program?  There will be some free time during the program as well as some time designated for independent research.  However, participants MUST understand that this is an intensive academic program and they are expected to participate in all lectures, activities, and scheduled events.  Participants in Secondary Educator Institutes may, at their own expense, opt to extend their stay in the U.S. after the close of their program to the extent allowed by visa regulations.

g.      I have relatives in the United States, would I 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 Secondary Educator Institutes may, at their own expense, opt to extend their stay in the United States after the close of their program to the extent allowed by visa regulations.

h.      Can a relative travel and stay with me during the Institute? No.  Relatives are NOT permitted to travel or stay with a participant during the program.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  Participants in Secondary Educator Institutes may, at their own expense, opt to extend their stay in the U.S. after the close of their program to the extent allowed by visa regulations.

i.        If I am chosen as an alternate, what are the chances that I will participate in the program?  The Study of the U.S. Branch strives to have the best possible diversity and gender balance in each Institute. If a selected candidate is not able to participate, the Study of the U.S. Branch will choose a candidate from the alternate list, if time allows.

j.        Can I arrive early/late for the Institute? Flight itineraries will be arranged so that participants arrive on the Institute start date.  Occasionally, flight schedules necessitate that a participant to arrive a day early.  These situations will be addressed on a case by case basis in consultation with the ECA program officer and the host institution.

k.      Can a I stay after the end of the Institute? Yes.  Under the terms of their J-1 visas, participants generally have up to 30 days after the end of the program to depart from the U.S.  However, the participant must be aware that he/she is responsible for all arrangements and expenses after the end of the Institute and will no longer have ECA-sponsored health benefits.

l.        Can I 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.

m.    How much money will I need to bring for the program?  The Study of the U.S. 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.  Participants should bring their own spending money if they wish to purchase souvenirs or other items during their time in the United States.  Participants will receive a stipend to purchase books and research materials while in the United States.

n.      Will applicants with disabilities be considered? Yes, the Study of the U.S. 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 disabilities are identified so that we can begin working with our Institute hosts to ensure appropriate accommodations.

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