Call for Applications for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship

Call for Applications for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos is pleased to announce the call for applications for a summer 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders interested in the topic of Social Entrepreneurship.  The Institutes will take place in June and July 2018 and will be hosted by California State University, Chico in Chico, California.

Deadline: The hard deadline for receiving applications is Tuesday, December 12, 2017. All applications should be submitted to the SUSI Program Officer by email to

  1. Program Description:

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are intensive short term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  The five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The four week academic residency will focus on the development, history, challenges, and successes of social enterprises and community leaders, in the United States and globally.  Participants will discuss topics such as microfinance; organizational development and management; grant writing; innovation; emerging markets and risk analysis; strategic business planning; corporate social responsibility; and, women and minorities in entrepreneurship.  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 study tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and nonprofit organizations working in the field.  The Institute will then conclude with a 3-day program in Washington, D.C.

  1. Other Essential Program Information: 
  1. Program Funding:The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) will cover all participant costs, including program administration at the host institution; U.S. domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; housing and subsistence, and international travel costs.
  1. Housing and Meal Arrangements:Housing will be in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms.  Male participants will be housed on one floor and female participants on a separate floor.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.  It is important that nominees are aware of these arrangements and that they are comfortable with such accommodations.

Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.

  1. Health Benefits:All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and $75 co-pay per emergency room visit for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.
  1. Program Requirements and Restrictions:Participants are expected to participate fully in the academic program.  They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  Candidates should be made aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.Violations of host institution rules or local, state or federal laws can be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
  2. English Language Ability:All candidates should be proficient in English so that they can be active participants in the academic program.  Host institutions will take into account that the level of comprehension and speaking ability of students may vary, and will prepare lectures and discussions that meet the highest academic standards while using language appropriate for students where English is their second or third language.
  3. Candidate Description and Qualifications:

The participants are expected to be highly motivated and exemplary undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education, who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.  Their fields of study will be varied and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields.

 Please note: We seek to recruit candidates from non-elite backgrounds, and from both rural and urban areas, underserved, indigenous groups, and people with disabilities.  Candidates should have little or no prior experience in the United States or with U.S. government institutions in their home country.


 Candidates nominated for this program MUST:

  • be proficient in English
  • have a strong interest in social entrepreneurship;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • be in year 2 or 3 of a 4 year degree course ORyear 3 and 4 of a 5 year degree course OR year 4 and 5 of a 6 year degree course. Nominated candidates must be committed to returning home to complete their degrees. Applicants SHOULD NOT be in their final year.
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  • have demonstrated commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
  • have had little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,
  • be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.
  1. Nomination Format:

Qualified and interested candidates should fill out the attached application form in its entirety as a word document. We will not accept hard copy nomination or scanned documents.

  1. Action Request:

We request that candidates complete the attached application form and submitted completed form in word format to SUSI Program Officer, Clemson Ayegbusi via email

  1. Interviews for the program

Please note that a comprehensive oral interview will be conducted for shortlisted candidates at a date to be determined. It may be a phone interview so applicant should give multiple phone numbers.

All questions regarding the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders should be directed to the same email –

Looking forward to receiving your nominations.

Clemson Ayegbusi


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