Professional Development Non-degree Programs

The U.S. Embassy in Baku is pleased to announce the annual Fulbright Visiting Scholars Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic years.

About the program

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree, post-doctoral award program for junior and senior researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States. It provides grants to approximately 850 foreign scholars from over 100 countries to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions. The length of proposed lecture/research projects should not exceed 6 months and be less than 3 months.

The selection of candidates for the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program is carried out by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy based on an open competition.

Who can apply?

Researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions, government and non-government structures who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States are eligible to participate in this program.

! Candidates should have little or no prior experience in the United States !

The interested candidates also must:

  • be citizens of Azerbaijan
  • Currently work and reside in Azerbaijan
  • hold a Ph.D. in the following fields
  • be proficient in oral and written English
  • receive a satisfactory medical clearance

Which fields are eligible?

  • Agriculture
  • American Studies
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • Information Sciences
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public/Global Health
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Urban Planning
  • Other

Program Funding

The program is fully sponsored by the US Department of State and provides the following items during the grant period:

  • International airfare cost for return ticket;
  • Monthly stipend for the whole grant period;
  • Professional allowance;
  • Settling-in allowance;
  • Accompanying dependent monthly allowance;
  • Health insurance

How to Apply:

Interested applicants who meet the criteria as outlined above should complete an online application at:

https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2021

Deadline: December 6th

Online Application Includes the Following:

  • Detailed project statements of proposed activity for research/lecturing in the U.S.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (resume)
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference
  • Letter of invitation from a preferred U.S. host Institution (if available)
  • Copy of Doctoral Degree
  • Copy of passport

For more information please contact our Education Specialist Ramina Murshudova:
Address: 111, Azadlig street, Baku
E-mail: bakuEducation@state.gov

The U.S. Department of State and IREX announce a program for outstanding international secondary-level school teachers to come to the U.S. for a professional development opportunity. The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program brings international teachers to the United States for a six-week program that offers academic seminars for professional development at a host university. Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program based on their educational experience, academic training, leadership and professional experience. Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program will participate in advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes at a U.S. host university; observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools; participate in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and take part in other education and cultural activities while on program in the United States.

U.S. Embassy will select two finalists from Azerbaijan to participate in the program. Upon returning home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities. Preference will be given to applicants teaching in the regions, however everyone is welcome to apply.

The 2021-2022 program will mark the twenty-fifth year of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (formerly the Teaching Excellence Awards program), the fourth year the program has been known as the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program, and the third year to offer the Media Literacy Cohorts.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies including special education teachers in those subjects at institutions serving primarily a local population
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of three years of experience of full-time teaching by the start of program, with a
    preference for those who have completed at least five years of full-time experience
  • Demonstrated oral and written English language proficiency
  • Citizen and resident of Azerbaijan
  • Other requirements as indicated in the application

Non-eligible candidates

Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who teach less than fifty percent of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible. Teachers working at local private schools are ineligible to apply.

Program Dates

Spring 2022

  • November-December 2021: Pre-Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Spring 2022 teachers.
  • Late January-mid March 2022: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States.

Fall 2022

  • June-July 2022: Pre-Program Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Fall 2022 teachers.
  • September-late October 2022: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States.

How to Apply

Country Application deadline:
February 28, 2021

ONLINE APPLICATION

Online Application Guide for Applicants

Program Announcement

A program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.

For more information please visit IREX TEA website: http://irex.org/fulbright-tea
The online application is available at: https://oas.irex.org/fulbrighttea/
Online application guide for applicants

If you have any questions, please, email to Bakueducation@state.gov.

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program in the United States Competition for the 2021-2022 Academic Year Is Now Open

Application Deadline: October 12, 2020

 

The Faculty Development Program model is designed for junior faculty, currently teaching in their home country. The goal of the program model is to introduce participants to best practices and theoretical approaches to curriculum development in the U.S., and provide them with concrete strategies on how to develop curriculum for a course, including an overview of academic and research resources.

This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Azerbaijan.

To qualify for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program, an applicant must:

  • have citizenship of the Republic of Azerbaijan and permanent residence in the country
  • be eligible for a S. J-1 visa (with two-year home-country residence requirement)
  • hold a university degree;
  • be currently teaching at an institution of higher education;
  • have at least two years of teaching experience at an institution of higher education by the time of application;
  • demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English (selected finalists will be required to take the TOEFL test)

The program offers equal opportunities to all applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, native language, handicap or disability.

Applicants should intend to return to their position at their home institution upon completion of the program, continue their teaching responsibilities, and apply newly gained knowledge and experience.

During the program, fellows will be expected to research and develop a course description, syllabus and outline specific teaching strategies for their proposed course.

The Faculty Development program is structured as a 5-month grant, beginning in the middle of August, and ending in the middle of January. The program begins with a two and a 1/2-day curriculum development workshop at IIE’s offices in New York City or Washington, DC. The workshop provides strategies on how best to develop curriculum and tools to create course curricula.

After the New York/Washington DC component, grantees depart to their university hosts arranged by IIE’s Academic and Experiential Learning team. While at the university, working with a faculty advisor, grantees have the opportunity to develop field-specific content for their course curricula. The university affiliation would also need to be organized to fit with the dates stipulated by the program, to ensure that grantees are able to attend both workshops.

As part of their university research affiliations, grantees receive a certain number of privileges. Since each university affiliation will vary, each grantee may receive different benefits. For example, some privileges may include:

  • Permission to observe classes (non-credit) – Specific to the Fulbright Faculty Development Program.
  • Access to appropriate laboratories
  • Accounts for computer facilities
  • Access to health services
  • Access to recreational facilities (for a fee)
  • Borrowing privileges at university libraries
  • Office space
  • Shared work space
  • A university I.D. card
  • On-campus housing
  • Off-campus housing help
  • Upon completion of the research affiliation at the host university, grantees will return to New York City in early January for a 2-day workshop where grantees will be expected to present their course overview, share syllabi and discuss best practices learned through the program. This closing workshop is also led by the same professor from Montclair State University. Hotel arrangements will also be made on behalf of the students.

Grantees receive a monthly stipend for 5 months, as well as standard allowances. The Fulbright Faculty Development Program provides round-trip international and domestic transportation, medical insurance, a monthly stipend and funds for professional development. Because the Fulbright Faculty Development Program is a non-degree program, Fellows are not permitted to receive transcripts, grades or credit.

Please note: Applicants for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program in Azerbaijan will need to fill out the online application for Fulbright Foreign Student Program and mark purpose of application: Visiting Student Researcher.  This application is used for both the foreign student and faculty development programs.

Completed applications should be submitted by October 12, 2020

For the online application and instructions, please click here

https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2021/  

For additional information, please contact:
Ramina Murshudova,
Education Specialist
MurshudovaR@state.gov

Deadline: June 23, 2021

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright exchange, enhances leadership among international professionals who collaborate to address local and global challenges and foster change for our collective good. Through academic study and professional development with U.S. counterparts, this growing global network shares best practices and builds expertise in fields of critical importance to advance societal and institutional capacity, promote human rights and freedoms, ensure sustainable lands, and develop thriving communities. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. higher education, society, culture, and professional organizations, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas. The program provides posts with individualized opportunities to advance Mission priorities across sections through targeted recruitment and development of leaders who are working in areas that align and advance U.S. foreign policy goals.

Goals:

· The Humphrey Fellowship Program aims to establish and enhance long-lasting productive partnerships and relationships between U.S. citizens and individuals from other parts of the world;

· Develop leaders whose knowledge and skills have been informed by exposure to American values, models and ideas – leaders who will have a multiplier effect on their societies;

· Expand and improve the range of international exchange and training programs; and

· Increase U.S. citizens’ knowledge and understanding of international issues and of other cultures and societies.

Key statistics:

· 61 percent of Humphrey alumni return home and work in government in some capacity. Others are leaders in their fields driving policy, introducing new best practices and implementing innovative management methods into their organizations.

· 46 percent of alumni have developed national policies, created national programs, served as national trainers, and advised government officials on legislation in their home countries

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of professionals who will make contributions to their communities as well as their professional fields.

Humphrey Fellowship nominees should:

· be individuals working in either the public or private sector with demonstrated leadership ability and a demonstrated commitment to public service;

· be at a point in their careers to fully benefit from this professional development program;

· understand that the program is non-degree granting;

· be aware that they cannot transfer to degree status in any program, and therefore will not be able to become degree candidates after arriving in the United States; and

· realize that they have a commitment to return home after the Fellowship for at least two years to use the skills and knowledge they have acquired to assist their communities and their country

Field of Study:

· Economic Development

· Finance and Banking

· Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration

· Technology Policy and Management

· Human Resource Management

· Communications/Journalism

· International Religious Freedom

· Law and Human Rights

· Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention

· Agricultural and Rural Development

· Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change

· Urban and Regional Planning

· Contagious and Infectious Diseases

· Public Health Policy and Management

· HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention

· Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention

· Educational Administration, Planning and Policy

· Higher Education Administration

· Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Applications must contain:

· Complete answers to all questions; essay responses in English must thoroughly address the prompt.

· Two letters of reference in English; one must be from the applicant’s current employer.

· Official transcripts in English: Ensure all transcripts uploaded by the applicant are official, valid documents. Transcripts must list courses taken and grades received. Diplomas need only be uploaded if the transcript does not show proof that the degree was obtained.

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Humphrey Fellowship.

· Individuals must have a first university degree

· Individuals must have at least five years of full-time professional experience beyond attainment of a first university/undergraduate degree, and prior to August 2022

· University teachers must have management or policy responsibilities, except for teachers of English as a foreign language, and specialists in substance abuse prevention and treatment

· Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status may not apply to the program as they are ineligible for a J visa

· Individuals must hold a passport of the country nominating them

· Have not attended a graduate school in the United States for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2022

· Have not had more than six months of U.S. experience during the five years prior to August 2022

Previous experience in the United States is not necessarily a disqualifying factor provided the number of years spent in the United States has not been substantial (more than three years), and the candidate has been back in their home country and employed at a level of professional responsibility for at least four years.

Language Proficiency Candidates are expected to be proficient in English as measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Candidates with insufficient TOEFL or IELTS scores may be brought to the United States for English language training prior to beginning the program at their host university.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program offers a Long-Term English (LTE) language training opportunity to facilitate the participation of candidates from non-elite populations, rural areas, minority groups and others who may be excellent Humphrey Fellows but are lacking the necessary language skills. LTE participants will be brought to the United States for an intensive 16-week pre-academic program to improve their language skills.

APPLICATION

 https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

Complete applications including uploaded transcripts and recommendation letters must be received by 11:59 p.m., June 23, 2021.
Applications received after that time will not be considered.

For comprehensive information about the program please visit The Humphrey Fellowship Program’s official website at http://humphreyfellowship.org/  and facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HumphreyFellowship  ; or our YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/user/HumphreyFellowship  to see videos of Fellows and alumni discussing their Humphrey Programs.

Q: Is the Humphrey Program a degree-granting program?

A: The Humphrey Program is a non-degree program. Participants may complete academic coursework at their host university to update their academic and professional knowledge in their field, but they do not receive an academic degree as a result of their participation in the Program.

Q: I worked part-time in a professional position while I was in graduate school. Does that qualify me for the Humphrey Fellowship Program?

A: Candidates for the Humphrey Program should have at least five years of full-time experience in their professional field and should be at a point in their careers to fully benefit from this mid-career program. Candidates with only part-time work experience will not be eligible.

Q: If I’m selected, what are the time demands of the Program?

A: The Humphrey Program is quite rigorous and life as a Humphrey Fellow does not resemble that of a graduate student with regular hours and a predictable schedule. There are many activities required of Humphrey Fellows as part of the Program. Fellows go on field trips, attend a weekly Humphrey Seminar, as well as other conferences and networking meetings, and may spend long hours each day in classes and involved in campus and community activities, in addition to spending time with other members of the group on campus. Fellows also travel away from their host campus as part of the Program, spending two weeks in Washington, DC for national program events. Fellows may also attend workshops and conferences in other parts of the country at various times throughout the year

Q: May I bring my family with me?

A: Fellows may choose to apply to have their family join them shortly after they have arrived in the U.S. Careful consideration should be given to bringing one’s family, however, as the Humphrey Program is very demanding, and Fellows spend considerable time away from their host campus. The Humphrey Program also does not provide an additional maintenance allowance for dependents. Fellows must show proof of financial support, adequate insurance coverage for their dependents that meets U.S. State Department requirements, and child care plans before they may be approved to apply for J-2 visa(s) for their dependents. Not all countries permit Humphrey Fellows to bring their dependents during their Fellowship year. Please check with the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission for country-specific policies.

Q: May I choose the university I will go to?

A: Fellows are not able to choose which university they will attend. Rather, they are assigned in diverse groups of 7-15 to the most appropriate host institution based on their area of interest and professional field.

Q: What does the Fellowship stipend cover?

A: The Fellowship provides for:

  • Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university
  • Pre-academic English language training, if required
  • A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance
  • Accident and sickness coverage
  • A book allowance
  • A one-time computer subsidy
  • Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events)
  • A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences

Q: Do I have to provide my IELTS/TOEFL certificate in order to apply?

It is not necessary, however, if you already have taken an exam and received your certificate you can add it to your application before the deadline. However, only short-listed candidates will be required to take the official TOEFL and GRE tests which will be funded by the U.S. Embassy Baku in October-November.

Q: Can I provide IELTS certificate instead of TOEFL?

A: Yes, you can. The minimum requirement for IELTS is 7.0 and higher.

Q: I am currently residing in Azerbaijan, but I am citizen of another country. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: No, in order to apply you have to both hold citizenship of Azerbaijan and reside in Azerbaijan.

Q: I am citizen of Azerbaijan but residing in another country. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: No, in order to apply you have to both hold citizenship of Azerbaijan and reside in Azerbaijan currently.

Q: May I provide recommendation letters later than the deadline?

A: No, the recommenders have to provide letters of recommendation no later than the application deadline.

Q: My recommender does not speak English. Can recommendation letters be in another language?

A: No, your recommenders will be required to visit website and fulfill recommendation form in English.

Q: I have finished university long ago. Can I provide all three recommendation letters from employers?

A: One of recommendation letters has to be academic, not depending on graduation year.

Q: I am currently involved in getting Master’s degree. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: Yes, if you are studying in one of Azerbaijan universities. Foreign universities (except US) students are also eligible, however we prefer to give chance to those students, who have less academic experience abroad.

Q: I am 4th year Bachelor’s degree student and have two years of working experience. Am I still eligible to apply?

A: In order to apply, you need to graduate from university and have a least 5 years of consecutive full-time work experience in the field you want to apply to.

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours 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.

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars will take place at various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in or after June 2020. Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour to another region of the United States. Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars in the summer will be held in the following themes in U.S. Studies:  American Culture and Values; Journalism and Media; Religious Freedom and Pluralism; U.S. Economics and Business; U.S. Foreign Policy; and Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap.

Who can apply?

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced scholars and professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research focused organizations (not-for-profits, think tanks, etc.). Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency. Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour. 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. 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.  While the nominee’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, the potential impact and multiplier effect of the Institute is equally important. Ideal candidates will have little or no prior experience in the United States.

INSTITUTE THEMES:

The Institute on American Culture and Values will promote American culture, leadership, and values by providing a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, civil society institutions, democratic principles, human rights, and the rule of law.  The Institute will examine 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 Institute will include an integrated study tour to New Mexico and Washington D.C.  Pending final ECA grant approval, the University of Montana in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer this program and New York University in New York, NY will host the Institute from June 6 until July 18, 2020.

The Institute on Journalism and Media will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign 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 role of journalists in recognizing and preventing disinformation and will explore strategies for media and information literacy to counter disinformation.  Additionally, the Institute will examine best practices in journalism by discussing the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, and international journalism.  In addition, the Institute will examine pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, critical thinking, reporting, interviewing, writing, and editing.  The program will also highlight the impact of technology in journalism, including the influence of the Internet, globalization of the news media, and other changes that are transforming the profession.  The Institute will include an integrated study tour to Alabama, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.  Pending final ECA grant approval, the University of Montana in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer this program and Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ will host the Institute from June 7 until July 19, 2020.

The Institute on Religious Freedom and Pluralism will provide a multinational group of up to 18 experienced foreign university faculty, scholars, researchers and religious leaders with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious freedom as a foundation American value.  The program will include a survey of the religious landscape of the United States, including major and minor religious groups; historic religious traditions and contemporary American religious groups will also be included.  The Institute will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States; examine interfaith understanding and dialogue, religious pluralism, freedom of religion as a fundamental unalienable human right and source of stability; and discuss ways in which religious freedom is protected.  In addition, the Institute will examine the intersections of religion and politics in the United States, especially in U.S. foreign policy.  Participants will have opportunities to meet with U.S. community leaders of different faiths who advocate for collaboration and tolerance among religious groups.  The program will take place during the June to August time frame in 2020.  This Institute along with one other SUSI for scholars are currently being openly competed under one award; the recipient and implementing institutions will be known in April 2020.

The Institute on U.S. Economics and Business will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty, researchers, experts and policymakers with a deeper understanding of key components and structures of the U.S. economy as the world’s largest economy.  Using a multidisciplinary approach, the program will explore 1) how financial institutions, investors, and businesses interact to support growth and employment and 2) the institutional backdrop that is required to sustain a competitive and strong private sector, including but not limited to corporate governance structures, monetary policy, and the legal and regulatory framework of the business sector.  The program will also discuss how the United States, as the leading nation for global trade, influences industries, free markets and financial sectors around the world and advances trade, investment, and capital flows.  Participants should have a firsthand look at key institutions and stakeholders in U.S. economy and the opportunity to meet with business and corporate leaders, Wall Street executives and board members, and small business owners, among others.  The program will take place during the June to August time frame in 2020.  This Institute along with one other SUSI for scholars are currently being openly competed under one award; the recipient and implementing institutions will be known in April 2020.

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 new approaches to U.S. foreign policy and how 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.  The program will also examine the current U.S. foreign policy making and the new trends that are shaping policy.  Topics such as the concept of American sovereignty, shifting attitudes towards globalism, U.S. foreign aid, the monitoring of foreign investment in the United States, the efforts to combat terrorism and radicalization, new trade policies and agreements, immigration and border safety, and cyber security will be included.  The program will also discuss the reorganization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the new U.S. approaches to international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  The Institute will include an integrated study tour to New York City, Philadelphia, Texas and Washington, D.C.  Pending final ECA grant approval, the University of Montana in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer this program and the University of Delaware in Newark, DE will host the Institute from June 11 until July 24, 2020.

The Institute on Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how new socioeconomic trends have changed the concept of work, workforce development, and career paths in the United States.  The academic program will include a thorough discussion of 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.  Topics such as economic development and advances in technology such as automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence will also be included.  The Institute will offer 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 Institute will include an integrated study tour to Georgia, Oklahoma and Washington D.C.  Pending final ECA grant approval, University of Montana in Missoula, MT will administer, oversee and host this Institute from July 6 until August 17, 2020.

Application Deadline:
January 5, 2020

APPLICATION FORM

Based on application review and interviews, U.S. Embassy will select and nominate one candidate for each program from Azerbaijan.

Program dates in the U.S: June-August 2020

Please, send your electronic application form and update resume with the subject “SUSI for Scholars 2020” to BakuEducation@state.gov

For additional information, please, email to Bakueducation@state.gov

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 with 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 at overseas secondary schools and other academic institutions. Posts and prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes 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. 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.

The University of Montana (UM) in Missoula, MT will host one Institute for Teachers from approximately May 31 to July 5, 2020.    The Institute will explore American studies through the lens of democracy and citizenship.  The Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, Massachusetts will host the second Institute for Teachers from June 6 to July 11, 2020.  The Institute will explore the ways in which individual rights and social obligations have evolved through American history.  California State University at Chico will host the Institute for Administrators from June 3 to July 9, 2020.  Within the overarching shared theme, the Institute will focus on access and equity in U.S. education and society.  All three Institutes will conclude with one-week study tours that end in Washington, D.C.

Who can apply?

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school teachers and administrators with limited prior experience in the United States.  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. 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.

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. 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.

Based on application review and interviews, U.S. Embassy will select and nominate one candidate per Institute from Azerbaijan to compete globally.

Deadline:
January 5, 2020

APPLICATION FORM

Program dates in the U.S: May-July 2020

Please, send your application form and update resume with the subject “SUSI for Secondary Educators/Administrators 2020” to BakuEducation@state.gov

For additional information, please, email to Bakueducation@state.gov.