2017 Study of the U.S. Institutes for European Student Leaders

The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission announces the competition for the 2017 Study of the U.S. Institutes for European Student Leaders, a five-week academic program for young people pursuing post-secondary education. The Institutes are an all-expense paid program, including program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.  Participants will be enrolled in ASPE, the Bureau’s Accident Sickness Program for Exchanges.

Eligible Fields: Civic Engagement and Environmental Issues

Civic Engagement
The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe 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.  The academic program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the United States, 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 also 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. The Institute on Civic Engagement will be hosted by the University of South Carolina.

Environmental Issues
The Study of the U.S. Institute for European Student Leaders on Environmental Issues will explore current themes in environmental studies, which may include natural resource management, sustainable development/ sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment.  The program will be interactive and experiential, with field trips to research facilities and opportunities for classroom discussion. The issues will be explored from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulation.  The Institute might also examine the relationship between environmental security and national security.  In addition, the Institute will explore environmental issues in the context of a globalized society, and will draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries.  We expect the Institute on Environmental Issues to provide opportunities for participants to engage with policy makers, individuals in technical positions, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and other key actors committed to the protection and management of the environment.  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. The Institute on Environmental Issues will be hosted by the University of Oregon.

Grant duration: 5 weeks, June-July of 2017


Each applicant will be required to submit:
•  an application form to be downloaded from: Application form 2017_Study of the U.S. Institutes
•  scanned academic transcripts for undergraduate level.
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