U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Local, State, and Federal Public Policymaking

29.11.2013 14:52

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to call for applications for a Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Azerbaijan on the topic of Local, State, and Federal Public Policymaking.  The Institute will bring together students from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Turkey for a 5-week summer program in the States.  Exact dates and the host institution will be announced at a later time.

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  The Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities.  The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Local, State, and Federal Public Policymaking will provide participants with an overview of the U.S. Federalist system of government as well as the role of non-governmental institutions such as civic organizations, the media, and the private sector in the creation of U.S. public policy.  Discussions will explore the responsibilities of local and state government, as well as the three branches of the U.S. government, the system of checks and balances, and the role of local and state governments in leading and innovating in various policy areas.  The Institute will also examine how organizations, the media, and the private sector influence government policy.  Within the broader frame of the public policy process, students will be exposed to specific public policy questions on topics such as public finance, rule of law, education, public health, environment, and foreign policy.  The Institute will then conclude with two to four days in Washington, D.C.

Candidate qualifications
The participants are expected to be highly motivated first, second, and third year undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.  The fields of study can vary, and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields.

Candidates for this program should: 
- be proficient in English; 
- be interested in the topic of Public Policymaking;
- be between 18 and 25 years of age; 
- have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program;
 - demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;

How to apply
Please complete and submit the application form by January 6th, 2014.

For additional information, contact Sadagat Davudova, the Education Specialist from Public Affairs Section of the Embassy at 4883300, ext 3636.