Winter 2018 Study of the United States Institutes on U.S. National Security Policymaking

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The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi is pleased to announce the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) programs for scholars in 2018 on U.S. National Security Policymaking.  We seek qualified Vietnamese candidates to nominate for these programs.  University lecturers, researchers, and scholars who wish to apply for the programs are invited to complete the application form and submit online by Thursday, September 28, 2017 via the link given below

Program Overview

SUSI programs 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 American society, culture, and institutions. The ultimate goal of these Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

Each program will host a group of participants from different countries around the world, and will take place over the course of six weeks.  Each Institute includes a four week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour.  All participant costs, including program administration, international and domestic travel and ground transportation, housing and subsistence, book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances will be sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes. The address is:

Institute Description

The SUSI for Scholars on U.S. National Security Policymaking will provide a group of 18 scholars and professionals an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the foundations of U.S. national security policy and current threats facing the United States.  The institute focuses on the formulation of U.S. foreign and national security policy and the role of the federal government, think-tanks, media, and public opinion in shaping that policy. The Institute will be hosted by the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

The program will examine the question of how we discern U.S. national security policy continuities and changes that shape the policies and conduct of presidential administrations.  Against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential elections, the Institute will encourage intellectual engagement, reflection, and interaction with U.S.-based experts to deepen scholar knowledge of the foundations and formulation of U.S. national security policy.  The program will focus on four interconnected modules; 1) The U.S. view of the world and its place in the global system; 2) Terrorism and national security in the U.S. and abroad; 3) U.S. immigration and refugee policies and 4) The search for the right balance between unilateralism and multilateralism in U.S. national security policy.  Each week, scholars will participate in academic sessions, roundtable discussions with U.S. national security experts, and conversations with the broader Newark, Delaware community on key thematic topics. The Institute participants will also travel to San Antonio and Austin, Texas, as well as New York City, Washington D.C., and other regional locales.

Candidate Qualifications

 Eligible candidates for the Study of the United States Institutes must:

  • be 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.) which are 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;
  • be comfortable with campus life and willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour;
  • have excellent command of English; and
  • have little or no prior experience in the United States.


Eligible candidates from Quang Tri province to the north are requested to submit their complete applications online here, and send any questions to:

Ms. Duong Diem Hanh
Cultural Affairs Assistant
U.S. Embassy, Hanoi
Tel: 04-3850-500, Ext. 6034
Cell: 090-345-7800

The application deadline is 5:00PM, Thursday, September 28, 2017. No exceptions will be made regarding the deadline.