Study of the US Institutes for Secondary School Educators

Study of the US Institutes for Secondary School Educators

For secondary school educators involved in the teaching of English and professionals/administrators in curriculum development, teacher training and textbook writing.

APPLICATION PERIOD:
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Friday November 17, 2017
No applications will be accepted beyond November 17, 2017 at midnight EET

The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award up to three grants (depending on available funding) to Greek secondary school educators, curriculum developers, teacher trainers or textbook writers to attend the 2018 Study of the United States Institutes. The Study of the United States Institute is a five-week academic program designed for secondary school educators involved in the teaching of English, as well as professionals in curriculum development, teacher training, or textbook writing. It provides multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school teachers each with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture, - past and present. Institute programs are held at university campuses throughout the U.S. and focus on a particular theme or topic in American studies. Each program includes two components: an intensive, four-week academic seminar, and a study tour of one week designed to reinforce the academic content of the program.

The Institute’s ultimate goal is to improve the quality of teaching and strengthen the development of curricula about the United States in educational institutions and school systems outside the United States. It supports activities that recognize and promote the critical relationship between educational exchange and international understanding, in addition to the intellectual merit of the projects. Applications with broad multiplier effects are welcome, conducive to candidates’ sharing of their experiences and knowledge with colleagues and students in the host country (US) and upon return, in Greece.

Candidates are selected on the basis of academic excellence, potential for professional development, civic engagement, extra-curricular activities, and personal qualities/abilities to serve as a cultural ambassador for Greece. All awards are subject to the Fulbright Foundation policies in compliance with the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) guidelines and all governmental regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel and residence.

  • Greek citizenship. Candidates with dual citizenship (U.S./Greek) or permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.
  • A degree from a recognized Greek University (AEI).
  • A high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and recommendations.
  • Priority will be given to eductors assigned in the Greek public school system and at the secondary education level. Primary school teachers can apply if they have extensive experience and training in secondary school education.
  • From three to maximum ten years of related professional teaching experience.
  • Excellent command of the English language.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are mid-career and are under the age of 45 at the time of application.
  • Priority will be given to applicants with virtually no prior experience in the United States and to those who are just beginning to teach about the United States.
  • 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 limited recent first-hand academic experience in the United States and who have a special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past teaching, accomplishments and professional duties.

The Institutes are fully funded, with all participant costs covered, including:

  • Tuition fees, maintenance allowance and incidental expenses.
  • Domestic travel, ground transportation for campus visits during the program, housing and meal arrangements will be provided in the United States by the host institutions.
  • Round-trip airfare for international travel from your hometown to destination.
  • Limited health and accident insurance (for recipient only). All participants will receive the Department of State's health insurance coverage (A+SPE) · of $100,000 per illness or per injury with $25 co-pay per medical visit, $75 co-pay per emergency entry or hospitalization for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered.
  • Pre-Departure Orientation.
  • Participation in the Annual Awards Ceremony.
  • Fulbright Certificate of Award.
  • J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa sponsorship.
  • Membership in the online global community for all participants of U.S. government sponsored exchange programs (such as the Fulbright program). International Exchange Alumni website
  • Invitations for participation in Outreach and Train the Trainers Programs.

International travel will be arranged by the Fulbright Foundation. If the participant withdraws from the program at any time without prior authorization s/he agrees to reimburse the program for any expenses accrued, including costs for air transportation and accommodation.

  • Submission of a complete application package to the Greek Program Coordinator at the Fulbright Foundation in Athens is mandatory.
  • A first evaluation and selection will take place at the Foundation prior to the interviews, based on the requirements and aims of the SUSI program.
  • A Fulbright Selection Committee will interview shortlisted candidates, in person, on specific dates. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of their interview appointment with the Selection Committee by email. Interviews take place at the Fulbright Foundation in Athens. Interviews last for about 15 to 20 minutes. Interviews are conducted in English and physical presence is mandatory. SKYPE or email interviews will not be considered.
  • Candidates will be informed of their nomination status on the day following the end of the interview cycle. Candidates will be designated as ‘primary’, ‘alternate’, or ‘non-selected’. Alternate candidates remain on standby until review and finalization of the overall budget.
  • Participants are expected to complete the entire five-week academic program and are expected to attend all lectures and organized activities and to complete assigned readings. Due to the intensive nature of the program, family members or guests cannot be accommodated.
  • Teaching methodology and pedagogical techniques will not be addressed in the Institute programs. Since the program is very intensive, there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.
  • The Institute should not be viewed as a research program, although there will be some time allocated for independent research.
  • Participants will be given the option of travelling after the end of their program during the thirty day grace period of the J-1 visa. Travel will be approved only if participants pay all applicable change fees, and provide Fulbright with proof of health insurance coverage for the additional time they will be in the U.S. and their post-program itinerary, including their contact information while traveling and their return flight information to their home country. Post-program travel is considered personal time and the participant is solely responsible for financial coverage and all further practical arrangements.
  • Fulbright grant recipients must travel on a J-1 visa sponsored by the Fulbright Program. It is a condition of the visa that, after completion of the academic program, scholars must return to Greece and reside there for two years before being eligible to immigrate or apply for permanent residence or a work permit in the United States. The purpose of the two-year home residency requirement is to ensure that exchange visitors return to their home country and fulfill the exchange objectives of the Fulbright Program to broaden and strengthen mutual understanding between Greece and the United States.

SUSI Location and Program Dates

The Institutes typically take place in various locations in the United States and start end May/mid-June. 2018 Institutes and program dates will be announced at a later stage. Final selection of candidates and placement at the Institutes will take place in Washington D.C. by Branch for the Study of the United States of the U.S. Department of State in March 2018.

Application procedure

Once submitted, your application form will be automatically available to the Fulbright Foundation for review. You will receive a confirmation email in the days following your submission.

The Fulbright office in Athens must receive your completed application by Friday, November 11, 2016, including the following documents:

  • Fulbright online application form.
  • Your resume (to be uploaded in pdf. format, max 2 MB).
  • Copy of your Bachelor's degree or other degrees earned (to be uploaded in pdf. format, max 2 MB per file).
  • Three letters of reference in sealed envelopes. All three letters should be written in English on the recommender's letterhead and should be mailed in sealed envelopes to the Fulbright Foundation and to the attention of the Greek Program Coordinator. Alternatively, recommenders can send their letters directly by email to . Reference letters without letterhead or signature are not accepted nor are reference letters delivered or forwarded by the applicants themselves. All candidates should inform their referees that they will need to provide their letters of reference the latest by November 17, 2017. The letters of reference should be written by professors under whom you have studied or pursued research or by someone who has supervised you in your employment. No fixed format is required but a template is available if preferred.

Contact
Greek Program Coordinator, The Fulbright Foundation
A 6 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, 106 74 Athens
T 210 724 1811 or 210 724 1812, ext. 203
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The application form can be accessed here from September 12, 2017 onward until November 17, 2017.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2018-2019 FULBRIGHT AWARDS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATORS (Teachers and Administrators)

APPLICATION PERIOD:
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – Friday, November 17, 2017

September 12 – November 17, 2017

Application period
All applicants must submit a complete package of requested documents

Friday, November 17, 2017 at midnight

Application deadline

November 18 - December 5, 2017

Evaluation and first selection

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Interviews
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Fulbright office

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Notification of results

March 2018

 

Notification of final selection and placement

May-June 2018

Pre-Departure Orientation
Grantees are invited on an individual basis on the day of their U.S. Embassy visa appointment and interview

June 2018

AWARDS CEREMONY
Attendance is required

 End of May / End of July 2017

Grant implementation period

September/October 2017

Debriefing Session
at the Fulbright Athens office upon completion of the grant

Throughout the year

Outreach and Train the Trainers Programs
Alumni will be invited to outreach programs to support potential candidates and share their experience with other professionals. Programs can take place at any time during the year and announcements will be made in due time.

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