Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for U.S. National Security Policymaking

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) announces the fully-funded 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for U.S. National Security and Policymaking.

Call for application: Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for U.S. National Security Policymaking

Deadline: midnight on Friday, September 28, 2018


Program description:

The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Scholars will provide scholars and professionals with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the foundations of U.S. national security policy and the 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 Institute will examine U.S. national security policy continuities and changes throughout different presidential administrations.  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 focuses 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.  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; New York City, New York; Washington, D.C.; and other regional locales.

Ideal candidates:

Selection for the Study of the U.S. Institutes is highly competitive.  Ideal candidates:

  1. Are mid-career, highly-motivated and experienced scholars and professionals typically from institutions of higher education or research-focused organizations (i.e. NGO’s and think tanks) between the ages of 30-50;
  2. Are individuals whose home institution is planning 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;
  3. Have little or no prior experience in the United States;
  4. Have English language fluency (at least level 3); and
  5. Are willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour of key cities in the United States. 

Application procedure:

Complete the attached application form and send to with the email subject line: SUSI for Scholars_[Applicant’s last name].  Deadline for submission of applications is midnight on Friday, September 28, 2018. 

Only successful applicants will be notified.