Summer Grants for Undergraduates in Ireland to Study Civic Engagement in the USA

Undergraduate students are invited to apply for Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for European Students. During June-July 2018, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to examine Civic Engagement in the U.S, hosted by the University of South Carolina.

This grant includes airfare, tuition and fees, lodging and meals at the host university, a daily incidentals allowance, visa sponsorship, and a range of academic and cultural programming.

SUSI programs are five-week Institutes consisting of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. This program 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. It will define civic engagement, examine its development in the U.S., 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 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.

Applicants are expected to be highly motivated undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education. Students must be between 18 and 25 years old and have at least 1 semester left of their undergraduate studies following their return from the SUSI Program.

The Deadline for applications is 5pm on 4th January 2018. Please see the Fulbright Website for further information on eligibility and application instructions.

Information on previous SUSI Awardees can be found by visiting the Alumni webpage on the Fulbright Ireland website and searching ‘SUSI Award’ in the Award filter.


For further information, please contact:
Emma Loughney
Communications Manager, Fulbright Commission of Ireland
Emma.loughney@fulbright.ie / 01.230.9802