U.S. Embassy Tunis is accepting applications from scholars to participate in the 2024 summer Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars.  These institutes are intensive post-graduate level academic programs that provide university faculty the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The program goal is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

The 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 five-to-six weeks beginning in or after June 2024.  Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and, if possible, up to two weeks of an integrated study tour to another region of the United States.


The Institute on American Politics and Political Thought will provide insight into how intellectual and political movements have influenced American political institutions and American democracy.  It will explore the shaping of American identity and the chemistry between that identity and U.S. history, politics, and the democratic process. 

The Institute on Contemporary American Literature will provide a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American literature.  The Institute will examine how major contemporary writers, schools, and movements reflect the U.S. literary canon.  It will also explore the diverse communities and voices that constitute the American literary landscape and expose participants to writers who are establishing new directions for American literature. 

The Institute on Journalism and Media will provide a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society.  It 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.  The program will also highlight the impact of technology in journalism, including the influence of the digital economy, globalization of the news media, and other changes that are transforming the profession. 

The Institute on U.S. Culture, Identity, and Society will provide a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions through the lens of diversity and national unity.  The Institute will examine the ethnic, racial, social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested in U.S. society while focusing on the ways in which these cultures have influenced social movements and American identity throughout U.S. history.

The Institute on U.S. Economics and Sustainable Development will provide university faculty with a deeper understanding of key components and structures of the U.S. economy.  Using a multidisciplinary approach, the program will explore various topics of socioeconomics; how financial institutions, investors, and businesses interact to support sustainable economic development, innovation, and growth; and increasing diverse and equitable employment through institutional regulation, social inclusion strategies, and private and public policies.  Throughout the Institute, participants will examine the interplay of climate change, U.S. business innovation, corporate regulation, entrepreneurship, and economic theory. 

The Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy will provide 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 program will explain the role of key influences on 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 Institute will also examine the current U.S. foreign policymaking landscape and emerging trends that are shaping policy. 

Candidate description and qualifications:

Candidates should be:

  • Mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-45,
  • Highly motivated and experienced university teachers.
  • Proficient in English language
  • Individuals who are seeking to introduce aspects of the U.S. studies into their curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the Institute, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.

All communications and questions regarding the SUSI should be addressed to: TunisExchange@state.gov.

Application forms available on this link should be sent to tunis_exchange@state.gov no later than December 3, 2023.