Short-term Study in the United States for Academics and Government Officials

The U.S. Government is offering the opportunity for Australian academics and government officials to attend one of six fully funded six-week seminars on areas of study of the United States, commencing Mid – 2018.

The seminars are intended to promote a better understanding of the United States among foreign educators and government officials whose professional responsibilities center on study of the humanities and social sciences.

The ideal candidate will 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 curriculum, to develop new courses on the seminar subject, to enhance and update existing courses on the U.S., or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. Studies.

The programs include a four-week residency at a host campus followed by a two-week study tour to other U.S. venues.  The U.S. Department of State will pay all costs associated with the program, including international travel and allowances.

Those interested in applying for the seminars should contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at cultural-exchange@state.gov to request an application form.

Program dates will be announced in mid-April but are expected to be from early June to August 2017.

Applications must be submitted to the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at cultural-exchange@state.gov no later than Friday, January 12, 2018.

The Institute on American Politics and Political Thought 

The Institute on American Politics and Political Thought will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners insight into how intellectual and political movements have influenced modern American political institutions and a deeper understanding of major currents in U.S. political thought from the colonial period to the present.  Drawing upon the American Political Development approach, the Institute will provide a full and diverse understanding of U.S. political thought and its connection to U.S. politics, public policy, and institutions by linking contemporary issues with historical and social debates.  The Institute will explore particular themes including self-rule and limited government, liberty and freedom, individualism and identity, equality and inequality, and the American Dream.  The Institute will conclude with an integrated two-week study tour to New York City; Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Shepherdstown, West Virginia; Charlottesville, Virginia; and Washington, D.C.  Pending final ECA grant approval, the University of Massachusetts, Donahue Institute in Amherst, MA will host this Institute.

The Institute on Contemporary American Literature 

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 (U.S.) 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 U.S. society and culture.  The program will explore the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools, and movements reflect the traditions of the U.S. literary canon.  At the same time, the program will expose participants to writers who represent a departure from that tradition, and who are establishing new directions for American literature.  Pending final ECA grant approval, Seattle University in Washington will host this Institute.

The Institute on Religious Pluralism in the United States

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 and drawing on fields such as history, political science, anthropology and sociology, law, and others, the program will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between religion and state in the United States.  Participants will examine the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by the development of American-style democracy. Study will also include a survey of the diversity of contemporary religious beliefs in relation to the 1st amendment to the US constitution, elections, public policy, and the demography of the United States.  Interfaith dialogue in the American context will be practiced in the context of the group itself as well as site visits to a diversity of religious communities.  Pending final ECA grant approval, the Dialogue Institute at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA will host this Institute.

The Institute on U.S. Culture and Society 

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, social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested in U.S. society while focusing on the ways in which these cultures have influenced social movements and American identity throughout U.S. history.  The program will draw from a diverse disciplinary base, and will itself provide a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of U.S. culture and society. Pending final ECA grant approval, New York University in New York City will host this Institute.

The Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy

The Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how contemporary U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented.  The Institute will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy.  The Institute will explain 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.  Pending final ECA grant approval, Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY will host this Institute.

 The Institute on Journalism and Media 

The Institute on Journalism and Media will provide a multinational group of 18 journalism instructors and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society.  The Institute will examine the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, international journalism, and media business models.  The Institute will examine pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, reporting, writing, and editing.  The program will also highlight 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.  Pending final ECA grant approval, Ohio University in Athens, Ohio will host this Institute.

 

Updates on program dates and further details on the above seminars will be available on our website in mid-April or at: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi