Study of the United States Institute for Scholars

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Study of the United States Institute for Scholars

The Office of Public Diplomacy of the U.S. Embassy at Bridgetown, Barbados is now accepting applications for six different “Study of the United States Institute(s)” for university faculty and related scholars.

Program dates: The Study of the United States Institutes for university faculty and related scholars will take place over a period of six weeks beginning in June 2011.

Applications including an essay and a current curriculum vitae should be sent to by November 1, 2010.

Program Descriptions

A. The Institute on American Politics and Political Thought will provide a multinational group of 18 foreign university faculty with a deeper understanding of U.S. political institutions and major currents in American political thought.  The institute will provide the participants insight into how intellectual and political movements have influenced modern American political institutions.   The examination of political institutions will include the electoral system, political parties and interest groups, the civil service system, media and think tanks, and the welfare/regulatory state. The institute will address modern political and cultural issues in the United States (including but not limited to civil rights, women's rights, immigration, etc.) and the significance of public discourse in the formulation of public policy.  The institute site will be determined at a later date.

B. The Institute on Contemporary American Literature will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American 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 American society and culture. The institute site will be determined at a later date.

C. The Institute on Journalism and Media will provide a multinational group of 18 journalism faculty and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of the role of journalism and the media in U.S. society. It will examine major topics in journalism, including the concept of a free press, First Amendment rights, and the media's relationship to the public interest. The legal and ethical questions inherent in journalistic endeavors will be incorporated into every aspect of the institute. The institute will cover strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, reporting, writing, and editing. The program will also highlight technology's impact on journalism, addressing the influence of the internet, the globalization of the news media, the growth of satellite television and radio networks, and other advances in media that are transforming the profession.  This institute will take place at Ohio University.

D. The Institute on Religious Pluralism in the United States will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralism in the United States and its intersection with American democracy.  Employing a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on fields such as history, political science, sociology, anthropology, law and others where appropriate, the program will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States.   Participants will examine the following aspects of religious pluralism in the United States: 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 United States in such areas as elections, public policy, and foreign policy; and the sociology and demography of religion in the United States today, including a survey of the diversity of contemporary religious beliefs and its impact on American politics.  The institute site will be determined at a later date.

E. The Institute on U.S. Culture and Society will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The Institute will examine the ethnic, racial, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested themselves in U.S. society, and the ways in which these cultures have influenced both social movements and historical epochs throughout U.S. history. The institute will take place at New York University.

F. The Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy will provide a multinational group of 18 foreign university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of how U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented with an emphasis on the post Cold War period.  This institute will begin with a review of the historical development of U.S. foreign policy and cover significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have dominated U.S. foreign policy.  In addition, the institute will explain the role of key players in the field of foreign policy, including the executive and legislative branches, the media, public opinion, think-tanks, non-governmental and international organizations and how these players debate, cooperate, influence policy, and are held accountable.  The institute site will be determined at a later date.

Program benefits: All participant costs will be covered, including costs for program administration; international and domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, housing and subsistence, mailing, and incidental allowances.

Housing and Meal Arrangements: Typically, 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).
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.   Applicants should be comfortable with such housing arrangements, particularly sharing a hotel room with another participant for up to two weeks.

Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State's coverage of $50,000 with a $25 deductible for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.

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

Applicant description and qualifications: Applicants should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced professionals from institutions of higher education. 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.

The ideal applicant will also be an experienced professional with little or no prior experience in the United States, 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.  In this respect, while the nominee's scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, an equally important factor is how

participation in the institute will enhance course offerings in U.S. studies at the nominee's home

Applicants should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour. While senior faculty members are eligible applicants, preference will be given to younger and mid-career professionals, and to people who are likely to be comfortable with campus life and an active program schedule.

Applicant statements: In order to get a better sense of potential participants' motivations and goals, each applicant should provide a short personal statement (one page) indicating why he or she is interested in participating in the program and what he or she expects to get out of the experience

In addition applicants should provide a an essay no longer than 4,500 characters in which you should discuss your professional responsibilities in greater detail, including how attending this Institute would help you ) Update Existing Course; 2) Create New Course; 3) Create New Degree Program; 4) University Curriculum Redesign; 5) National Curriculum Redesign; 6) New Research Project; 7) New Publication; 8) Professional Promotion; 9) Government or Ministry Policy; 10) New Professional Organization; 11) New Institutional Linkages; 12) Raise Institutional Profile.

Please discuss how your participation would enhance this Institute, based either upon your personal and professional experience or upon the current state of U.S. studies in your home country.

For further information please send an email to:, or call staff assistant Juanita Lynch at 246-227-4102, or Dr. Joseph Schaller, Deputy Public Affairs Officer at 246-227-4182.

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