Study of the U.S. Institute for European Student Leaders on Civic Engagement


The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Civic Engagement will provide participants with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups.  

The academic program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the United States, and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism.  Other topics such as civil rights, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, and media will be discussed.  

Students will also have the opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of non-profit organizations. The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field.  

The Institute will then conclude with a visit to Washington, D.C. The Institute on Civic Engagement will be hosted by the University of South Carolina, pending the availability of funds and ECA award approval. 

Programmes dates to be announced at a later date. 

Application deadline: 15 January 2017 at Midnight. 

Please read the Terms and Conditions for this award before making an application.

Non-UK citizens are required to apply through the Commission or US Embassy in their country of citizenship. Dual UK-EU citizens must apply in the country in which they currently reside; if not resident in either country then applications must be made through the Commission in the country in which they have resided for the longest period of time. US nationals, those with dual US-UK citizenship, persons holding permanent residency ‘green cards’ and those resident in the US may not apply.

All participants will be required to obtain a J-1 visa prior to traveling to the United States.  The US Department of State will issue the relevant paperwork, and the Fulbright Commission will arrange the visa interview.  Participants must return to their home country at the conclusion of the program; it is not possible to participants to remain in the USA at the end of programme for personal travel.

Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Accommodations will be made in each institute for students with disabilities, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Through an award given to FHI 360, ECA will cover all SUSI participant costs. This includes:

program administration; 

domestic travel and ground transportation; 

book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; 

housing and subsistence.

Participants are generally housed in their host university’s residence halls.

FHI 360 will arrange and pay for participants’ international travel costs and travel allowances within set limits and in coordination with posts and Commissions.

Housing and Meal Arrangements: Housing will be in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms. Participants may be expected to share a room with another student of the same gender.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.  

Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at

Special Programmes do not preclude participants from applying for a Fulbright Award later in their academic career. The summer institutes are intentionally designed in such a way that allows participants to go back to the USA at postgraduate or postdoctoral level as a Fulbright Student or Scholar.

Selection Criteria

The Institutes are open to students in all courses of study. Individuals interested in participating must meet the following eligibility requirements. 

Candidates nominated for this program will:

-be proficient in English;

-be interested in the Institute topic;

-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; 

-indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;

-have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations; 

-demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;

-have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;

-be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;

-be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,

-be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country. 

If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria for the programmes, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

In making these awards the Commission is looking not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, an indication of ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to your home country upon returning.

Note: The programme is open to students in all courses of study. We are looking for candidates who have a keen interest in the topics but not necessarily have had previous experience in the subject matter.




All applications are due 15 January 2017 at Midnight.

To Apply: 


1. Complete our online application form.  You will be asked to register with a username (e-mail address)and password.  You may save your application in order to return and work on/finish at a later date. Please note your password.   

2. Request two reference letters. Request letters from two (2) referees.  Reference letters should come directly from the referees via the online form.  

Applicants: Please do not complete this form.  Please guide your referees to this webpage.

Referees: Please complete this form via the above link.  You should complete the form and upload a letter on organisational/institutional letterhead where there is the 'upload' button.  The form, with letter, must be submitted on or before the deadline or the candidate's application will not be considered complete.  

3. Send a copy of your transcripts: Transcripts need to be attached to the online application in the form of a PDF.  Please note that we request official transcripts, however, if this is not possible due to financial or other reasons we will accept unofficial transcripts. 


Applications will be short-listed and successful applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews will only be held on two days and may not be rescheduled. All interviews must be in-person, without exception; the Fulbright Commission will not conduct telephone interviews for this award category.

If you are making an application, please save these dates as an invitation to interview may come within a few days of the interview date.

The selection committee will be comprised of Fulbright Commission staff and on occasion representatives from a relevant field, academics, US Embassy and/or Consulate representatives and Fulbright alumni.

Candidates will be considered without respect to race, colour, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender (including gender reassignment). Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Important note: The US-UK Fulbright Commission is unable to comment on individual applications or the reason for their refusal.


01 December   Competition opens

15 January   Application deadline

Early February  Applicants informed of status and interviews

Early April   Notification for successful applicants

May/June   Visa and Pre-Departure Information

Early June   Orientation and Visa Interviews

Early July    Arrival in USA 

Early August  Depart USA

Additional Information

Program Requirements and Restrictions: Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program. They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  Candidates should be made aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  

Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the U.S. prior to the start date of the Institute or remain in the U.S. after its end date.  Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the U.S.  If a relative or friend wishes to visit them, it will be addressed on a case by case basis, in consultation with the ECA program officer and the host institution. Participants are required to return to their home countries immediately following the end of the Institute.   

Violations of program rules, host institution rules, or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program. 

English Language Ability: All candidates should be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program.  Host institutions will take into account that the level of comprehension and speaking ability of students may vary, and will prepare lectures and discussions that meet the highest academic standards while using language appropriate for students where English is their second or third language.  


If you have any questions about the Fulbright US Summer Institutes please consult the FAQs in the first instance. If the answer to your question cannot be found on the FAQs then please email